I often get asked about what to use with a dog - a collar, a head collar or a harness - particularly in relation to a dog that pulls. Any of these used properly with a dog that does not pull is fine, whatever works for you, but a dog can pull with any of these on.
A dog is legally required to carry identification, so attaching it to a collar is a sensible choice, however it is often not the best choice for the dog when it comes to attaching a lead. A dog that pulls on a collar will put pressure on their trachea causing them to not be able to breathe properly, pressure on their spinal cord and pressure resulting in damage to their eyes. Ultimately you want to train your dog not to pull, but even with a dog that does not pull I believe a well fitting harness is a kinder choice and use them will all my dogs. For some of my classes, such as those with recall practise where we use long lines, a harness is essential so that no damage is caused to your dog.
Harnesses should fit well, not rub and should allow freedom of movement. Wrongly fitting harnesses can do harm to your dog.
Perfect Fit Harness
Personally I prefer a walking harness that has two points of contact - a fixing at the front under their chin as well as at the back. That's why I work with and recommend one of the most popular harnesses - the Perfect Fit Harness.
The Perfect Fit Harnesses comes in three pieces (two for tiny dogs) and you size each piece separately to get that a great fit. This is good if you have a dog that isn't a standard size, or a growing dog as you can replace just one part of the harness rather than the whole thing. They are also fleece lined which is kinder for the dog.
You will see a video below that tells you a little more.
So many different options is what makes them so good, but this can also be confusing and that is where I come in. I have a full sample set and will help will initial sizing, and will place your order for you to pick up locally for a final fitting - you don't have to be a client, just contact Carolyn to book a fitting appointment. We also stock various leads, toys and training equipment.