Harness or Collar: Which is better?

Did you just get a new dog and wonder if a harness or collar is the right choice? There is no easy answer to this question as it always depends on your dogs characteristics, activity level, age and breed. It can be quite tricky to decide whether your dog should wear a collar or a harness when walking or training. Again, the activity itself is important as well. Are you just starting training your dog or are they a bit older?

Let's compare both accessories below and see the benefits of a harness and collar.

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Harness vs collar: Which is better?

Using a dog harness

A harness comes with multiple benefits for you and your furry pal. Here is why using a harness is good for your dog and how it compares to a collar.

  • If your dog is a puller, then dog collars can cause reduced airflow, if the pulling happens repeatedly. Especially Brachycephalic Breeds can injure themselves. These are all breeds with flatter faces. A dog harness takes the strain off your dog’s neck and prevents neck injury.

  • When a dog pulls a lot, there is a lot of pressure on his trachea. A harness prevents injuries to your dog’s trachea. It is a safer choice for dog breeds with short noses as they have delicate airways and can develop respiratory problems.

  • A dog harness can serve as great training equipment. It discourages pulling and jumping and is ideal for pups who have not learned to walk on a lead yet.

  • A harness wraps more securely around your dog’s body. A cheap polyester and nylon collar can always easily break and puts the safety of you friend in jeopardy.

  • If your dog is big, strong, or overly active, a harness makes it easier for you to manage and control your dog. It will give you steering control in case your dog is overpowering on the walk.

  • A harness helps prevent your dog from slipping out a collar unless you use a martingale collar

Using a dog collar

A collar comes with multiple benefits for you and your dog. Here is why using a collar is good for your dog.

  • A dog collar is the simplest way to identify that a dog has an owner. The attached ID tags can also help your dog to get safely returned to you.

  • Dog collars are easy to put on and take off. They are more convenient and can be always left on. There are easy on harnesses these days that are also perfect for wiggly dogs.

  • Collars may give you better control and require less physical strength from you as you’re walking your dog than harnesses. They are your best and first training instrument.

  • A dog collar is great for controlling aggressive dogs, puppies or dogs who are in training.

  • Dog collars are less restrictive on movement. This is good for working dogs who are running around all day.

  • If you have a collar made from natural materials you can even leave it on your dog. If you are using a plastic collar from nylon, we would recommend to only wear it for a few hours due to micro plastics.

Tips for using harness or collars

Here are some tips on buying a harness or collar for your fur buddy:

  • Choose a harness or collar from natural materials as they are more durable than cheap nylon or polyester accessories. Eco friendly pet products are the future and the only way we can keep planet earth healthy

  • Hemp material is especially good for dogs with sensitive skin and allergies and can prevent hair loss. Hemp harnesses can be found here.

  • Some harnesses can be bulky and can be uncomfortable for your dog. Especially polyester ones can make your dog sweat underneath and cause allergies.

  • Make sure the harness or collar fits your dog properly to ensure its effectiveness. Improper fit can hurt your dog.

  • Puppies grow quickly, especially large dog breeds. Check your growing puppy's harness or collar often!

  • Do not leave the harness or collar on your pet for more than a few hours a day.

  • Choose a harness or collar that prevents a negative experience for both you and your dog.

  • When using a collar or a harness, it’s vital that your dog is always wearing ID tags.

Final Thoughts

By now, you’re better equipped to find the right harness or collar for your pooch. Budget shouldn’t play the main role here. Quality, durability and the naturalness of the material should be your main consideration when choosing the right collar or harness. It’s a nice side effect, if you can reduce your pets carbon paw print at the same time so have a look at sustainable collars and harnesses.

Your dogs deserve only the best! Both a collar and a harness are essential for your dog's health and safety. When in doubt, buy both and see how your pooch reacts. In the end, they have one thing in common. They will help take your dog out for walkies and that’s quite essential in any way.

If you have any comments, please do let us know. We would be happy to hear from you.