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4 Large Dog Harness: What Kind Is Best and When to Use Them

4 Large Dog Harness: What Kind Is Best and When to Use Them

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A large dog harness is a great way to keep your pup safe when you’re out and about. There are many different types of harnesses available, so it can be tough to decide which one is best for your large dog. In this article, we’ll discuss the different types of large dog harnesses and when you should use them. We’ll also answer some common questions about large dog harnesses, like “Is a harness or a collar better for large dogs?” Keep reading to learn more!

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What kind of harness is best for a large dog?

When it comes to finding the best large dog harness, it’s more important to pick the right design than it is to buy a particular brand.

To put it simply, a dog’s shoulder has a wide range of movement, which should not be restricted by a harness. Because of this, it’s recommended that dogs wear Y-shaped harnesses, rather than the ones that have a straight bar across the dog’s chest.

That said, all dogs are different in their size and proportions, so if you’re unsure of what’s best, you can look for a professional harness fitting near you – this is a service that’s sometimes offered by vets and qualified dog trainers.

If you’re looking for a place to start, popular brands and types of large dog harnesses include:

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Are harnesses bad for a dog’s shoulders?

Whether a harness is bad for a dog’s shoulders depends entirely on the design and fitting. As we mentioned before, a well-fitted Y-shaped harness is typically ideal, as it gives most dogs a full range of movement.

On the other hand, a poorly fitting or restrictive harness can put pressure on the dog’s shoulders and cause discomfort. This is why it’s so important to get a professional fitting if you’re unsure – an experienced dog trainer or vet will be able to help you find the best option for your large dog.

Here’s a video that illustrates a dog’s movement while wearing different types of harnesses:

Is a harness or collar better for large dogs?

Your large dog can wear a harness or a collar, but it’s important that your dog does not pull on the leash. If your dog is not leash-trained, a harness can promote pulling and make it worse, and a collar can hurt your dog’s neck and cause breathing issues if they pull while wearing one.

For leash-trained dogs, the main reason many dog owners choose a harness over a collar is to add an extra layer of safety and comfort when they take their dogs out. For example, if you need to quickly pull your dog away from something (think another dog, or a bicycle, …) it’s nicer for the dog to be pulled away while wearing a harness, rather than being dragged away on a collar.

So, it’s recommended that you teach your dog loose leash walking as quickly as possible. If that’s something you’re struggling with, you can enroll your dog in a dog obedience group class, or seek out the help of a dog trainer.

Dog training is an unregulated industry in Australia. If you’re not sure who to train with, it’s best to ask your regular vet for a recommendation.

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