As a rule of thumb, a good puppy harness is one that fits *your* puppy well.
The physique of dogs varies across different breeds, so there’s no single one harness that is a good fit for each and every puppy.
When it comes to fitting a harness, it should be a snug fit that’s not too tight. It shouldn’t make your puppy uncomfortable or risk hurting their developing joints, but it needs to be a good fit so they can’t houdini out of their harness.
If you’re unsure about the right fit for your puppy, it’s best to ask your vet for feedback during your next visit.
Are harnesses good for puppies?
Harnesses are good for puppies that aren’t fully trained to walk on a loose leash yet.
When you bring a new puppy home, it’s important that you teach them to walk on a loose leash as quickly as possible. It’s much easier to teach a new behaviour to a puppy than it is to modify a learned behaviour in an adult dog.
When it comes to harnesses for puppies, you’ll find that your puppy will outgrow their harness quickly. Depending on the breed, they might outgrow their harnesses multiple times.
So if cost is an important factor for you, take this into your considerations.
What harness is good for puppies?
The Perfect Fit Harness is often recommended as a good harness for puppies.
In Australia, it’s sold through dog trainers, vets, and specialist dog shops, which can help you find the right size and will often ask to bring your dog along for a complimentary fitting.
And because it’s a modular harness, it can grow with your puppy.
So, when you notice that the harness is becoming too tight, you can simply replace the module for the next size up.
This also means that you can often find a good fit across different breeds that vary in their proportions, because you can mix and match modules in different sizes (for example, a smaller front size but a bigger size for the top module).
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At what age should a puppy wear a harness?
You can get your puppy used to wearing a harness at any time.
In fact, a harness is often a requirement for puppy socialisation classes, or their first group training classes.
Be gentle when you first get your puppy used to their harness, you don’t want them to associate it with something bad.
Is a harness or a collar better for a puppy?
A harness is better for a puppy while they’re not fully leash trained, to avoid unpleasant pressure and potential damage to their sensitive throat area.
Once your puppy is trained to walk on a loose leash, you can use both a harness or a collar, depending on what’s more suitable for the occasion.