The Difference Between Harnesses & Collars: Which Is Better?

Collars have been pet parents’ usual go-to for walking equipment for many years. Lately, more and more dogs are being seen walking with a harness. While some dogs walk beautifully with a collar, others benefit greatly from a harness. Sometimes the best gear is dependent on your dog’s needs, age, and size. This blog reviews the difference between harnesses and collars and explores their pros and cons. There are many ways you can connect a leash to walk your dog. Let’s explore!


What are Harnesses?

Harnesses are a set of straps fitted to your dog’s body. There are two types of harnesses; one designed to help pulling – such as those used in pull sports with your dog. The other is designed to discourage pulling while out on walks. For this blog, we will focus on the no-pull harness. Harnesses come in all colours and sizes, so you’re very likely to find the perfect harness for your dog. Once you find the best style to fit your dog’s character, be sure to find the right size. To find the right size for your dog, measure your dog’s chest and neck and confirm their weight. A properly fitting harness should not be too tight or too loose. If your dog is losing fur, chafing around the harness area, or refusing to walk, this indicates that the harness could be too tight. Alternatively, if your dog can wiggle free, or the harness moves and rotates as you walk, this means the harness could be too big. 


Pros of a Harness

The most significant benefit of a harness is its fit. Since the harness is designed to go below the neck, it removes pressure off  your dogs’ trachea. If your dog gets excited and pulls, the pull pressure isn’t isolated on their neck. Instead, it helps balance the pressure and can reduce pulling. The right style of harness can even stop those sneaky dogs from escaping and give you peace of mind that your dog is secure. There are many different styles of no pull harnesses so it’s important to find the right style and fit for your dog’s activity.


Cons of a Harness

Harnesses are a great tool for walking, but they can be uncomfortable and unsafe when they do not fit right. One-size harnesses do not fit all dogs. When they don’t fit they can likely cause your dog discomfort such as pinching or rubbing in their armpits. Some harnesses are of poor quality and poorly designed overall. The last thing you want is for your dog to feel uncomfortable and possibly get hurt from an ill-fitting harness. 


When to Wear a No-Pull Harness?

Harnesses can be worn on your everyday walks or hikes. 

The Difference Between Harnesses & Collars Which Is Better

What are Collars?

A collar is a band of material designed to go around your dog’s neck. It’s designed to clip a leash and add your dog’s tags and ID. Collars work best for dogs that do not pull. Like harnesses, collars come in all shapes and sizes and need to be fitted correctly. An excellent fitting collar is similar to a harness; it cannot be too loose or tight. Loose collars allow your dogs to escape, and tight collars can harm your dog and cause choking. A properly fitting collar should fit around your dog’s neck, and you should comfortably slip two fingers in the collar.


Pros of a Collar

Collars are a small thing to carry. The size and portability of the collar allow you to have multiple collars packed or brought wherever you go. Collars are also easier to size on your dog. Instead of three measurements, you only need one, their neck circumference. Purchasing a collar can be quicker and more straightforward than shopping for a harness. With all the materials and styles of collars, you are sure to find the best and most fashionable collar for your dog.


Cons of a Collar

If collars are tightened too much, this can hurt your dog and cause discomfort. Similarly, if your dog pulls, they can potentially injure their tracheas. In addition to getting hurt, a loose collar allows a dog to slip out. Some materials and quality of collars can be poor, so they can irritate your dog’s skin depending on whether your dog has shorter or longer hair. It’s best to invest in a good quality collar that will last for years and be worn in comfort. 


When to Wear a Collar?

Collars can be worn at all times, especially whenever you leave the house with your furry friend. Your dog’s collar not only holds essential identification information, but it is also a symbol that shows your dog has an owner. Whether you leave your home for a car ride or a walk, always put your dog’s collar on. 


Is One Better than the Other?

Both harnesses and collars are great equipment your pet can use and benefit from. There are notable differences between harnesses and collars, but is one better than the other? It’s hard to make that conclusion when both have some excellent benefits and uses. Please let us know which would be best for your dog? What have you had the most success with? Be sure to follow us on social media and like our FaceBook page.



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