Consider a Harness For Your Good Dog

Canine Culture, Health



Let’s start by saying we here at Knotty Toys for Good Dogs have a bias in favor of using a dog harness instead of a collar for walking your dog.

A collar is great accessory, good to keep ID tags on or in the case of a training collar (often referred to as a choke collar; if you are choking your dog, you are not using it properly.  Get the advise of a professional when using a training collar) if used properly they’re a great tool for getting your dog’s attention.

A collar can put a great deal of pressure on a dogs throat & could cause serious injury to the trachea & the thyroid gland, which is located in the front of the neck.

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Smaller dogs such as toy poodles or chihuahuas, are delicate & dogs with short muzzles, such a pugs will benefit from a harnesses instead of a collar because of their unfortunate predisposition to breathing complications.

There are two general designs of dog harnesses, those that are front attaching & those that are back attaching.

For larger dogs, we suggest a front attaching harness. This type of harness attaches in the front of the dog between the legs & can offer more control as it gently tightens when the dog pulls & guides from the front.

For smaller dogs, we suggest a back attaching harness.

A dog collar is obviously cheaper & easier to use. Most people put one on their dog & leave it. A harness should be used for walks but removed when at home. So it may take an extra few minutes & effort but we feel a harness is a much safer alternative.

What does your good dog wear, a collar, harness or both?  We would love to know, please leave us a comment.  If you liked this post or any of our others let us know by clicking on ‘Like’ or follow or blog.

CEO Olivia

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Further Reading:

Collars vs. Harnesses: Which is the Best for my Dog?

Collars Vs Harnesses

Choosing the Right Collar or Harness

Walking Equipment for Your Dog


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