Posted on 22 May 2023
Welcome to our comprehensive guide on finding the best harness for small dogs. As pet owners, we understand the importance of providing comfort, safety, and style for our beloved furry friends. With the overwhelming options available in the market, it can be challenging to choose the perfect harness that meets all your requirements. That's why we've compiled this detailed article to help you make an informed decision and outrank other websites with our expert advice.
Understanding the Importance of a Harness for Small Dogs
A harness is an essential accessory for small dogs, offering numerous benefits over traditional collars. Unlike collars that put strain on the neck and throat, a harness evenly distributes the pressure across the chest and shoulders, reducing the risk of injury. Additionally, a harness provides better control and prevents your dog from slipping out during walks, especially if they tend to be energetic or easily distracted.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Harness
- **Size and Fit**: Proper sizing is crucial to ensure your small dog's comfort and safety. Measure your dog's chest (girth) and neck circumference to find the appropriate size according to the manufacturer's guidelines detailed in our product collections. Look out for our measuring guides as you browse our brands.
- **Material and Durability**: Look for a harness made from high-quality materials such as fleece, breathable mesh or soft polyester; materials known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear. Avoid harsh materials that may cause discomfort or chafing.
- **Adjustability**: Opt for a harness with adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit for your small dog. This feature allows room for growth, accommodates varying body shapes, and provides a customised fit.
- **Comfort and Padding**: A harness with fleece construction, soft padding or mesh lining offers enhanced comfort for your small dog, preventing any rubbing or irritation. Consider designs that minimise pressure on sensitive areas such as the chest and underarms such as PerfectFit.
- **Ease of Use**: Choose a harness that is easy to put on and take off, especially if your small dog tends to get anxious or impatient during dressing. Quick-release buckles such as Urban Pup fashion harnesses or step-in vest style designs like the Puppia B harness designs as these can simplify the process and help reduce your dog's anxiety. Your dog may not like an over the head harness so choose carefully.
- **Safety Features**: Look for reflective strips or stitching on the harness to ensure visibility during low-light conditions. Julius K9 is great for dull days and optional patches are available for Nervous Dogs and other types of behaviour.
- Additionally, a sturdy D-ring attachment for leash connection is essential for secure walks and a front D-ring is a good idea for an ID-tag or if your would like to use a double ended lead for training purposes. These can be found on our own brand harnesses and on larger PerfectFit styles.
Types of Harnesses for Small Dogs
- **Step-In Harness**: This type of harness is designed to be stepped into and then secured around the dog's body. It is ideal for small dogs who are cooperative during dressing and have limited mobility issues.
**Vest Harness**: Vest-style harnesses wrap around the dog's chest and fasten with buckles or Velcro closures. They offer excellent support and are suitable for dogs with delicate necks or back problems.
- **Harness with Front Clip**: These harnesses have a front attachment for leash connection, redirecting the pulling force to discourage pulling behaviour. They are beneficial for small dogs who tend to pull on walks.
- **Harness with Back Clip**: Back-clip harnesses have a D-ring attachment on the back, providing a classic and straightforward design. They are suitable for small dogs who walk calmly without excessive pulling.