Top Three Harnesses For Labradors: Best Collar For Strong Dogs?
The first thing to consider when choosing a harness is the type of dog you have. Some breeds are better suited for certain types of harnesses than others. If your dog needs extra support, then a pull on a tight leash might not be ideal. A collar with no slack or too much slack will make it difficult for your pup to move around without falling over and injuring himself or herself.
If your dog is a little more agile, then a harness with less slack may work well for him. A harness that allows him to turn his head and neck freely while still keeping his body safe from injury would be ideal. A harness that provides enough support but doesn’t restrict movement too much could also be good for you. Your pup’s strength will determine which type of harness works best for him.
When selecting a harness, keep in mind that there are two main types of collars available today: one that is designed to prevent the dog from biting and another that is designed to provide additional protection. There are also other types of collars such as those with built-in bells, whistles, alarms or even electronic components. Each type offers different benefits and drawbacks depending upon how they’re used. You’ll need to decide which type suits your pup best based on his individual needs.
Harness for Your Dog’s Body Type
If your dog is built for speed, then you’ll probably want a harness that offers maximum movement. Harnesses like this are ideal for sporting dogs such as Greyhounds or other sighthounds.
If your dog is built for power and strength, then you’ll want to find a harness that evenly distributes the pulling forces in his body while still being comfortable. Harnesses like this are ideal for large and giant breed dogs.
If your dog is built for both speed and power, then you’ll need a harness that allows him to turn his body and twist his head freely. Harnesses like this are ideal for medium-sized hunting and working dogs such as Pointers, Setters and Retrievers.
The Harness for Your Dog’s Needs
Some dogs may need a harness that can be used for more than just walking or hiking. You may need a harness that can also be used in the water or one that is designed to assist the disabled. When your dog’s needs are specific, then you’ll need a harness that addresses those issues.
A dog who loves to swim will probably need a different harness than one who just likes to go for walks. A harness that is specifically designed for water work will allow your dog to swim more efficiently and will be made of different materials than those designed for walking or assisting the disabled.
Some dogs have medical issues that make it difficult for them to move around without assistance. Whether a dog has a broken leg, suffers from arthritis or is blind, there are harnesses designed to help these pups get around more easily. These types of harnesses are also great for dogs who need a little extra stability when walking on ice or snow.
No matter what type of harness you choose, it’s important to get one that fits your dog. A harness that is too big will slide around a lot and one that is too small will be uncomfortable, if not painful, for your dog or may even restrict his movement.
Measure your dog’s girth – the area just behind his front legs and just in front of his hind legs – to ensure that you purchase a harness that can be adjusted small enough to fit him. You’ll also want to measure your dog’s length (the distance from the base of his tail to the base of his head) so that you can get a harness with straps long enough to fit him properly.
The weight and strength of the harness’s materials must also be taken into consideration when finding the proper fit. Stronger, thicker material harnesses can support more weight – sometimes far more than is recommended – while lighter materials may need to be reinforced or redone to better support the weight of a larger dog.
Training Your Dog to Wear a Harness
While some dogs may catch on quickly and take readily to wearing a harness, others may never feel comfortable in one. If your dog shows signs of resistance while wearing a harness, it’s up to you to decide if you should keep working with him or if it would be kinder to just leave him alone.
Whether your dog takes readily to a harness or not, he should always be introduced to one slowly and under absolutely no circumstances should force be used to get him into one. Your dog should be willing to approach the harness on his own and willingly put it on. If this doesn’t happen naturally, then you can try lure him into it with treats or, if the harness is leather or denim, make a game out of licking it or chewing on it – dogs often like the texture of leather.
A good rule of thumb when it comes to training your dog to wear a harness is that if you have to force him to do something, then there should be consequences he’d find unpleasant attached to that action.
Your dog wants to put the harness on?
Then you get to take it off and put it away if he doesn’t sit still while you do so.
Your dog wants a treat?
Then he needs to be calm and accept the harness before he gets his snack.
If your dog is resistant, the first thing you need to do is make sure that the harness fits properly; the second thing you should do is start desensitizing him to having it on. To do this, have someone help you by holding your dog while you slip the harness over his head. Then, give him a treat and take a step back. Repeat this until your dog is comfortable enough with having the harness on that he doesn’t mind if it’s around his neck.
Once that’s done, move on to having the harness around his body but not buckled. Again, give your dog a treat and take a step back after he’s comfortable with this. Put the harness on him and give him a treat when he’s wearing it. Take a step back and repeat this until he’s fine with having the harness on.
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