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How To Choose The Best Harness For Your Dog

Updated: May 7

There are different types of harnesses that will fit your dog better than the traditional collar. Find out how you can find yourself the best harness for your dog!


Dogs these days have many fashion choices when it comes to collars and harnesses.

Dog collars and harnesses come in many colors, shapes, and sizes. Choosing the right accessory for your dog is more than just choosing a style.

Article Summary

  • Harness vs Collars

  • Benefits of Dog Harnesses

  • Different Types of Dog Harness

  • Features to Look For Your Dog's Harness

  • When Should I Not Use a Harness?

  • FAQ

Harness vs Collars

Collars can be easy to use as you can have them placed on your dog at all times but it can cause unnecessary stress on your dog’s neck, especially for little dogs and puppies, it can lead to health problems such as a collapsed trachea.

Using a dog harness instead of a collar also makes it easier to control and manage your dog. They offer better control on a busy street/crowd and also help reduce the strain on their back and necks as the harness disperses the pressure over a larger area of the body.

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Benefits of Dog Harnesses

Dog harnesses are a great training tool for your puppies who haven’t learned to walk on a leash.

A Harness can help prevent your pup from getting tangled and ultimately hurting themselves.

Harnesses are also great for dogs that love pulling on the leash due to their stability.

Not only does it remove strain and stress from the neck and back, but it also discourages your dog from pulling.

When wearing a collar, your dog will think that pulling and tugging on the leash is working because they are moving forward.

The harnesses on the other hand redirect them instead of moving them forward. This removes their need to tug as pulling on the leash won’t get them anywhere.

Dogs that need help standing after lying down or sitting can also benefit from the harness.

You can pull them up gently without causing them any discomfort or pain that they might feel if using a collar.

Finally, harnesses are much more secure than the collar. A lot of dogs can wriggle their way out of a collar but it will be much harder or even impossible to do so with a harness.

Check out this video on how to measure your dog to help them fit on your dog perfectly.

Different Types of Dog Harness

Zippy Peasy - Merci Collective Step-In Dog Harness

There are many different types of dog harnesses. Choosing the right one all depends on whether or not your dog is comfortable.

  • No Pull Dog Harness - These harnesses are weightless straps that loop around your dog’s chest and back. These are minimalist straps that are great for summer as there is a lot of room for air to flow allowing your dog to stay cool. These harnesses also have a front and back clip allowing you to connect your leash to the front if you have a dog that tends to pull on the leash. This feature will create discomfort for your dog and will prevent them from pulling. Check out our line of Good Vibration Crystal Harnesses and let the good times roll!

  • Crystal Healing Harness - Healing harnesses have healing crystals embedded in them. Delicately placed on the heart chakra these harnesses are great for healing the mind, body, and soul of your dog. Check out the Merci Collective Crystal Collection Harnesses and choose one that you and your dog will like!

  • Step In Dog Harness - No Pull Dog Harness - These harnesses are more secure and can help your dog feel safer. This harness covers the whole front portion of your dog’s body which provides a lot of stability when worn. These harnesses are also very convenient and easy to put on and off. Check out our Zippy Peasy Dog Harness from the Merci Collective Crystal Collection!

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Good Vibration Harness on Dalmatian dog featuring Howlite Crystal
Good Vibration Harness Featuring Howlite Crystal

Features to Look For Your Dog's Harness

When choosing your dog harness, there are a few key features to look out for to make sure you have the best harness in your hands.

Harnesses that come with front hooks will discourage your dog from pulling and tugging on the leash.

This is because harnesses that come with a front clip are designed to rotate your dog's body to the side if they were to tug.

Our Good Vibrations harness includes this feature and will reduce stress and pressure on your dog’s neck and back!

Is the harness easy to put on and take off? Most people don't like to overcomplicate things, so why make putting on a harness any more complicated?

The Zippy Peasy Harness from the Merci Collective store does just that!

Check and find out what material was used to make the harness.

Dogs can have allergies to different materials which can cause an allergic reaction to their skin.

Some dogs are allergic to Nylon so many dog parents opt in for leather harnesses while others with a more eco-friendly mindset might choose cactus leather as an alternative material to buy.

Lastly, pick a harness that looks good! Does the harness match you and your furry little friend’s style?

Remember, when you look good, you feel good!

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When Should I Not Use a Harness?

Some harnesses just simply aren’t made right. Harnesses that aren’t made right will restrict your dog's movement and may even put pressure on your dog’s shoulder which can ultimately end up injuring your dog. Always make sure you are buying from a trusted seller!

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How To Choose The Best Harness For Your Dog - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between harnesses and collars?

  • Collars are primarily for identification and can cause strain on a dog's neck. They're especially problematic for smaller breeds due to health risks like a collapsed trachea. However, digital ID collars are useful for tracking.

  • Harnesses provide better control in crowded places and spread out pressure, reducing strain on the neck.

Why should I consider using a dog harness?

What are the different types of dog harnesses available?

Are there any recommended products for these harness types?

What features should I look for when choosing a harness?

Are there times when I shouldn't use a harness?

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