Collar or harness: We reveal the best choice for dogs

Updated: Jul 19

Whether dog parents should opt for a collar or harness is an age-old debate. However, what makes for the best choice depends on your dog’s breed, personality, health etc.

By understanding what distinguishes collars from harnesses, you can easily identify what works best for your pet. If that doesn’t help, our big reveal will!

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Collars are great for mild-mannered dogs that are not prone to pulling. However, if your dog is excitable by nature, a harness is the best choice as it provides better control. Using a harness in a dog’s early years greatly aids in training as well.

For dogs with extreme shapes, such as grey hounds and bulldogs, finding a harness with a good fit might be difficult. The dog might easily slip out or face chafing. In such cases, a collar is a good option.

collar or harness best choice - small dogs

The best choice for flat-faced dogs like pugs and Boston terriers, who are prone to respiratory issues, is a harness. Also, collars add a lot of pressure on the neck that can in turn increase pressure on the eyes and ears as well as damage the thyroid gland. Not to mention neck injuries from sudden movement. If your dog has been diagnosed with any of these issues, switch to a harness immediately. Small sized dogs and puppies are fragile by nature and will be much more comfortable in a harness.

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