July 29, 2014 3 min read

When we got our dog Albie we really knew nothing about why we should use a dog harness and the benefits they offer over a regular dog collar.

World famous and force free dog trainer Emily Larlham (AKA Kikopup) writes a great article about why a harness is so important for your dog here.

But what do you do when your dog is afraid to wear one? and what are some of the things to look for when buying a harness?

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What if your dog is afraid of their harness?

So what do you do if your dog backs away when they see you walking towards them with it? What if every time you pick up the harness to go out on a fun dog walk your dog runs in the opposite direction?

The video below by Kikopup addresses this problem and shows how you can work with your dog to help them learn to love their new harness.

Video: How to train your dog to love their harness.

How to fit a harness

When first fitting and measuring your dog's harness don't forget to ask your dog to sit so you can make sure the girth and chest area fits comfortably both when standing and sitting.

Your dog will move into a variety of positions when in their harness, perhaps moving from a standing stance to sitting, lying down and then for the more active dog who enjoys playing a game - perhaps even jumping through the air!

Each different brand of dog harness will probably ask you to measure your dog slightly differently so make sure you carefully read the sizing instructions to get the best for your dog.

Things to try and avoid;

  • Any straps digging in
  • Pulling/rubbing around the armpit
  • A harness so loose your dog can back out of it
  • Take into account your dog's body size/weight compared to the harness

What Harness should you buy?

There is a dog harness available in almost every style, colour and size you can imagine.

We always recommend avoiding any that exert pressure on your dog, tightening across their chest to prevent pulling etc. Find your dog a comfortable harness which helps walk in balance and with a front clip which will help give your dog a really great start on their walk.

Dog Harnesses - Our Top Picks of what to buy

Below you will see some of our favourite harnesses but we can't promise that your dog won't be afraid of them. But using the advice from Kikopup above we hope that your and your dog will soon find the right harness for you.

Ruffwar Front Range Harness

Without a doubt the most popular dog harness of the moment is the Ruffwear Front Range dog harness.

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The Ruffwear Front Range Harness is an everyday dog harness with a four point adjustment system to provide a really comfortable fit for your dog. The fully padded chest and belly panel increases the comfort for long or short walks.

The harness also features two lead attachment points: an aluminum V-ring located on the back for everyday walks, and an additional reinforced webbing point on your dog’s chest for training or when you need additional control.


Ruffwear Web Master Harness

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The Ruffwear Web Master provides a fully customisable fit with a five-point adjustment system which can accommodate dogs of all sizes while still allowing full range of motion.

The padded handle located on the back provides balanced lifting with good load dispersion which enables you to lift your dog when required. The Web Master handle is ideal for helping your dog over obstacles, into your car, during medical rehabilitation or simply to offer extra assistance to older or less mobile dogs.