Harness vs collar: 5 reason why the harness is better than the collar

Harness vs collar: why to choose the harness instead of the collar.

There are two instruments we can use to walk our dogs: a collar or a harness. Which is better for our dog? I will try to answer this question with 5 reasons why a harness is better than a collar

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1) The harness respects the health of your dog

I think that our priority as dog owners is to give our dog a peaceful and healthy life. If you are using a collar to walk your dog, you should know that this damages a very delicate area: the neck. Each jerk, voluntary or not, will have consequences affecting the muscles of your dog’s neck. Even worse, it also affects the throat or the esophagus area. I’m not a veterinarian, but I think that we can just use our common sense to understand that if the dog strangles himself, this is definitely dangerous. On the other hand, using a harness doesn’t pose the same problem because it leans on the dog’s chest, keeping the delicate neck and throat area free from obstruction.

2) The harness gives your dog the opportunity to communicate with other dogs

Another reason why the harness wins over the collar is the communication it offers. Dogs communicate a lot by moving their head, and the collar prevents them from having this kind of communication. What’s worse is that you may accidentally force your dog to communicate involuntarily by pulling him. Misunderstandings are the cause for fights, I’m sure it’s happened to you too.

3) The harness improves your dog’s body perception.

What I mean when I say perception is somaesthesia, which refers to the perception of bodily feelings such as pain, touch, position of limbs, and others. When the harness wraps around his body, the dog can improve his perception of things around him. This is very helpful especially with insecure and scared dogs, since it can improve their condition thanks to this awareness. In general, the work on somaesthesia is very important for the puppies that still needs to know themselves and their environment. I will talk about that in another article.

4) The harness prevents communication problems between you and your dog

Just like a collar can create communication problems with other dogs, this can also cause communication problems between you and your dog. Each time you pull the leash, consciously or not, you cause him pain. This can also damage your relationship by affecting your dog’s trust in you which can lead to other problems. This is extremely important when you have to deal with a special dog like mine.

5) You can find the harness to suit your needs.

“But my dog gets scared and he removes the harness himself, I can’t use it” WRONG, THERE ARE A LOT OF ANTI-ESCAPE HARNESSES.
“But my dog is fat/thin, I can’t find any model of harness” DON’T WORRY, I’LL HELP YOU, A HARNESS FOR YOUR DOG EXISTS.
“But my dog is old/has problems with his paws” THERE ARE HARNESSES THAT ARE EASY TO WEAR.

Do you still have some questions? Do not hesitate to let me know in the comments, together I’ll help you find together the right solution for your dog.

4 thoughts on “Harness vs collar: 5 reason why the harness is better than the collar

  • 4 November 2017 at 3:14 PM

    Great post, we should definetily be better at using our harness instead of the collar. I always notice it’s better to go on walks wearing a harness.

  • 5 November 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Hi Mariell, yes, once you try, you really understand it! Thanks for your comment 🙂

  • 11 November 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Hi, I really appreciate the harness but Joe just hates it. It doesn’t depend on the harness. We tried many and we also trained them but he still does not like them. With his collar he has no problems. Although he doesn’t like harnesses we got him some for training seasons and long walkies in the woods. Thank you for your post ❤️

  • 11 November 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Hi Steph, I see… I’m about to publish a guide on how to present the harness to the dog, maybe you will find some tips there for your specific case. Is it possible that Joe had some kind of trauma connected to the harness? Maybe before you got him? Is Joe a scared dog? Do you think that Joe has enough self-esteem? Thanks for visiting! 🙂

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