My dog is my best friend and a member of my family. Some people don’t like it when I say my furbaby is my child, but those people don’t know what it’s like to raise someone who loves to make you smile and laugh, and is always happy to spend time with you.
Despite all the fun and excitement our dogs bring us, they are not without some headaches and frustrations. Take walk time for example. While you want a nice and relaxing stroll around the neighborhood, your pupper sees this as an opportunity to explore and experience new and exciting things. While not intentional, in their excitement they rush from one thing to the next causing unnecessary strain on your arm. This eventually always results in the dreaded tug of war. Which, let’s be honest, isn’t fun for anyone involved. That’s why it’s important to have the right equipment to help make walks more enjoyable.
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. 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 no-pull 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 getting into a tug-of-war match with you.
The 5 Best No-Pull Dog Harnesses
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! It also 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. When wearing the harness my pupper stopped pulling me around while we were on walks, and instead followed my commands. Our walks have become so much more enjoyable and I will never use another harness again.
This harness features 3 leash clip options including one on each side of the harness to help with discouraging pulling. I found this very useful when training my dog.
This company also offers a From Lead attachment add on. I got this because it helps even more with stopping pulling by adding a front clip option to the ShawnCo harness so when my dog pulls it gets turned back around toward me. For the price, quality and how easy this harness is to use, this is by far my number 1 choice!
The ShawnCo harness came in five different sizes ranging from XS – XL and they offered 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!
2. Kurgo Dog Harness
The Kurgo dog harness was my second choice coming in at $58.95.
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. Being a former military guy, I liked the option to attach items to the harness through the molle system. I also found the larger handle to be easier to grab when I went to lift my dog up, or hold him in place. Unfortunately, there were no reflective surfaces which would have made me feel safer while I was out at night. Overall, my dog didn’t pull while using this harness and the extra padding on his chest made me feel comfortable that even if he did pull he wouldn’t hurt himself.
The Kurgo dog harness comes in two different styles, two different colors and ranges in size from XS – XL. Overall the Kurgo dog harness is an excellent backup harness if your main harness is out of commission.
3. Wingoin Dog Harness
If you’re a former soldier like myself you might want to check out Wingoin’s dog harness. Wingoin’s dog harness was very tactical in its look and offered fun things like Velcro to put my military patches on. When using this harness my dog didn’t pull while on the majority of our walks, and I found this harness to be useful in keeping my dog under control. Every piece of this harness was adjustable, although the clips were not always the easiest to unfasten. This harness brought back a sense of nostalgia from my time in the service which I enjoyed.
The harness does come with a little strip of reflective surfaces, but doesn’t do much in the way of keeping your dog visible. The Wingoin’s dog harness comes in five different colors and ranges in size from XS – XL. With a price tag of $22.99 the Wingoin dog harness is the right call for someone on a budget.
4. Warrior Dog Harness
The Warrior Dog Harness is a great harness to have if you have an injured dog. Their harnesses are designed specifically to accommodate pet wheelchairs. Comfy in design, the wheelchair system hooks directly into the harness allowing your best friend to remain mobile while also not pulling on the leash. With the secure clip on their side, it makes taking on and off simple and easy.
The Gooby dog harness comes in at $64 and comes in three color variations, and ranges in size from XS – XL. Every dog deserves to go on walks, and if your dog is injured, the Warrior Dog Harness is the right choice 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 $119.99 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 three color variations 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 no-pull 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 (and arms) will thank you for it.