Personally speaking, finding the right dachshund harness can be challenging.
I’ve been told this isn’t a sausage dog problem though. Finding a harness that’s a good fit can be a challenge amongst all breeds of dogs.
Then again, it really is worth it once you managed to find a well-fitting dachshund harnesses.
Because wearing a harness when we’re out and about can often be a lot more comfortable for our sausage dogs than wearing a collar.
So, in this article, we’ll take a closer look at what makes a great harness for dachshunds, and where you can buy one if you’re from Australia. Let’s get started.
Table of Contents
- What’s the best harness for a dachshund?
- Should dachshunds wear collars or harnesses?
- Will a harness stop my dachshund from pulling?
What’s the best harness for a dachshund?
When choosing a harness for your dachshund, the two important deciding factors are the size and material.
Material for a dachshund harness
Harnesses are available in many different types of materials.
Leather harnesses for dachshunds
Typically, the most natural and expensive option, is a harness made of leather.
If you can know a local leatherworker in your area, you can even go as far as getting one custom-made for your dachshund.
Or if you’re happy to take your own measurements, check out Integral Leather on Etsy, for leather harnesses that are handmade in Victoria.
Neoprene & Nylon harnesses for dachshunds
Harnesses made from neoprene or nylon are a great choice for dachshunds, because they’re light-weight, durable, and easy to clean.
Pablo & Co is Brisbane-based and sells beautiful styles of custom printed neoprene harnesses.
The right size for a dachshund harness
Be aware that lots of regular harnesses may not be a good fit for dachshunds because they’re too short (a sausage dog’s body is longer than the bodies of many other smaller breed dogs).
So, when looking for a dachshund harness it helps to pay attention to the length of the harness.
Overall, you want to make sure that the harness won’t rub against your dog’s front legs when they’re walking.
If you’re buying a harness that isn’t specifically advertised for dachshunds, it’s best to contact the retailer and ask if the length is a suitable fit for sausage dogs.
Should dachshunds wear collars or harnesses?
Well, they can wear either or. Especially when they’re well-trained to walk on a loose-leash.
BUT. If you often find yourself in a situation where you need to pull your leashed sausage dog away from something (like, a driving car, another dog, a running child, ….), a harness will be much gentler on your dog’s sensitive throat-area than a collar.
From my experience, that’s the main reason why many dog owners opt for harnesses over collars.
Even if a dog is really well-trained to walk on a loose leash, life is full of surprises and there are no guarantees that we’ll never need to quickly pull our dog away from somewhere to protect them.
If they’re wearing a harness, that pull away is a lot more gentle on their bodies.
Will a harness stop my dachshund from pulling?
Probably not, but maybe. It kind of depends on your circumstances and how much of a determined puller your dog is.
Some dog owners have success with so called “no pull harnesses”, that change the weight-distribution of your dog when they pull.
That’s certainly something you can try, but the truth is that pulling is a learned behaviour that typically needs untangling and re-training. Tools can help, but they’re not often a satisfying substitute for consistent dog training.