Dogs are the best! There I said it! (Sorry cat people). They’re always happy to see us, they love spending time with us, and they make us laugh every day. If you’re anything like me, your pupper is not only your best friend, but also your fur baby. Raising a fur baby is a ton of fun but is also a lot of work. You’re constantly worrying about getting them the best food, going on all the walks and finding them the cutest toy…that they never play with. Despite that, I will always go that extra step for my little man because I love him so much! That’s why it’s important to me to have the right equipment to help make taking care of him easier.
What Makes a Great Dog Harness?
Dogs are a man’s best friend, and for good reason. They are loyal, cuddly, and always happy to see you. But taking your furry friend on a walk can be a challenge, especially if they like to pull on the leash. When a dog pulls on the leash they can strain and cause damage to their delicate trachea area. This can have long term and permanent effects. Choosing a dog harness that prevents this is vital. This comes as a double edge sword, because it means your fur baby is both in pain and you’re out a lot of money in vet bills.
However, a dog harness can help prevent this problem by giving your pet more control while you’re out and about. The pressure on their chest vs their neck allows them to still look around freely, (which is what they often want to do) without feeling the need to lunge in one direction. It also allows them to be more comfortable, avoid injuries and prevents them from slipping out while on a walk.
The 5 Best Harnesses for Dogs
1. ShawnCo Dog Harness
By far my number one choice was the ShawnCo dog harness.
There are many things I loved about using this harness, including how easy it was to fit to my dog, and how I was able to adjust the size as he grew. After getting the initial fitting done, every time we want to go on a walk, I just slip the harness over his head, clip the band around his chest and we’re off to the races! The ShawnCo Dog Harness came with a reflective surface on the front so when we were out at night it’s easy for people and vehicles to see us.
It also features a handy 3 ring design, allowing you to clip your leash on the side of the harness. Which can be useful for jogging and for training to discourage pulling.
The ShawnCo harness came in five different sizes ranging from XS – XL and they offer 16 different color combinations! (I chose the American Flag for mine :)). Overall this product is extremely affordable coming in at $29.97 and most importantly, it works!
Oh and if your dog is a very heavy puller like mine I recommend adding the ShawnCo Front Lead attachment as well. It allows for an extra leash clip on the front of the harness. Which redirects your dog back toward you when they pull. This simple add on is well worth the purchase and it’s available for only $9.99
2. Winsee Dog Harness
The Winsee dog harness was my second choice coming in at $43.99.
This harness took a little more time to get the adjustments right but once I did I found it to be a good backup harness. I liked the option to hook my leash up on the back as well as the front of the harness to incorporate different trainings. I also found the larger handle to be easier to grab when I went to lift my dog up, or hold him in place. It also came with some reflective straps which made me feel safer while I was out at night.
The Winsee dog harness comes in eight different color combinations and ranges in size from S – XL. Overall the Winsee dog harness is an excellent backup harness if your main harness is out of commission.
3. Rabbitgoo Dog Harness
If you’re willing to spend the extra money, and you’re a former soldier like myself you might want to check out Rabbitgoo’s dog harness. Rabbitgoo’s dog harness was very tactical and offered fun things like Velcro to put my military patches on. Every peace of this harness was adjustable, although the clips were not always the easiest to unfasten.
The harness did not come with any reflective surfaces, but did offer the option to hook my leash up in the front as well as the back. The Rabitgoo’s dog harness comes in six different colors and ranges in size from S – XL. If you’re willing to pay the $40.99 price tag and like the tactical look, then the Rabitgoo harness is for you.
4. Gooby Dog Harness
The Gooby Dog Harness is a great harness to have if you have smaller dogs. Their harnesses are designed specifically for dogs under 35 pounds which is great for smaller dogs, but medium to large breed dogs will have to look elsewhere. The harness is comfy in design allowing for extra padding on the chest. With the secure clip on their back. It makes taking on and off simple and easy.
The Gooby dog harness comes in at $36.25 and comes in six color variations. For small breed dogs, this is the harness for you.
5. Kong Dog Harness
Last but certainly not least on our list is the Kong Dog Harness. Tough and durable, the Kong Dog Harness will hold up over time, but I found the design to be a bit lacking. With a price tag of $129.99 I was expecting a bit more. The harness gives you the ability to hook your leash up in the front as well as the rear, but other than that I found myself wanting more from this harness.
The Kong dog harness comes in one color (pink) and ranges in size from S – XL.
Now Get Out There and Take a Walk with Your Best Friend
Raising a furry friend is one of the most rewarding experiences, but it’s also a lot of work. Harnesses are much better for dogs than leashes and investing in a good harness is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend. Out of all the harnesses we tried out, ShawnCo was by far our #1 choice. I’ll be using their harnesses for years to come. Investing in a good harness is one of the best things you can do for your furry friend. So go out there and get your pupper the cutest, most functional harness you can find! Your dog will thank you for it.