What should be the best option for your dog: a collar or a harness? Unless your dog has some underlying medical conditions that require direct vet recommendations when it comes to such a choice, you can evaluate on your own what the most appropriate option would be, taking into account your preferences and needs. We will tell you all the ups and downs of each option right away.
What makes a collar a good option?
Some puppies do not like being restrained in the way a harness makes them feel, and that can make them irritable and difficult to manage. A collar does not cause such discomfort, and it is very easy to put on and take off, which limits the time you have to put into dealing with a more rambunctious pet.
Another advantage offered by a collar is that you can use it to hold all the identification details for your dog, such as home address and phone number (if the dog gets lost), license, rabies information, and so on.
When is a collar not indicated?
If your dog likes pulling a lot, using a collar can lead to several problems. For instance, if your dog has a more delicate neck, tugging at the collar can lead to neck injuries. Also, the existence of other medical conditions, such as ailments involving the thyroid gland, can be worsened by a collar.
Vets also recommend against using a collar if your dog has glaucoma. As the dog pulls at the collar, the pressure inside the eye grows, and that can make the dog’s condition worse. It must also be mentioned that a collar is not ideal for training.
What makes a harness a good option?
If you are in the market for a dog harness, then you should know a few things about why such an alternative would be a good solution. Harnesses are excellent training tools, and you can teach pups how to behave by using one. You can control the dog’s direction, and you can teach it to stop pulling.
Harnesses are ideal for a broad range of breeds, and the good thing is that they deal well with some breeds’ respiratory problems. For such breeds, a collar would just put pressure on the windpipe and cause fits of coughing.
If your puppy is easily distracted, a harness will help you keep it focused. That makes training so much easier, and that is why harnesses are the recommended tools for training.
When is a harness not indicated?
If your dog doesn’t like how the harness feels, you may have a tough time trying to get it to wear the harness. While this may also be part of the training, it can cause unnecessary discomfort for both the owner and the pet.
Also, back-clip models may not be very efficient if you are looking to train your dog. When you pull, the dog’s attention is somehow diverted from you, and that can be entirely counterproductive.