In the past few years, the demand from dog owners for dog harnesses has exploded. But are harnesses really better than collars?
Harnesses can be great because they seem to give the dog owner an increased sense of control over their dogs; whereas it is easier for a dog to slip through a collar opposed to a harness. Also, many dog owners feel that controlling or giving direction to their dog in a harness is more comfortable for the dog than doing so with a collar. And for dogs with back issues, a harness might prove to be the way to go.
But this doesn't mean that dog collars deserve a bad wrap. Collars are easier to purchase since most often you don't have to try them on your dog first. Additionally, the collar is typically where we hang our dog's ID tags, which makes them very useful in the event of the dog getting lost.
Many dog owners have claimed that harnesses are uncomfortable (due to being made with less than high quality materials/fabrics) and also restricting to dogs - and take some time for the dog to get used to. There are a handful of companies out there, however, that make dog collars more comfortable, like the neoprene dog collar aka SportCollar from SportLeash, which is lined with soft neoprene for increased comfort on the canine. The neoprene makes it an odorless and waterproof dog collar as well.
At the end of the day, it really just comes down to the particular dog you're dealing with. And it won't take long for you to assess what works better for your dog.
After all, the dog is the one is wearing it, right?! So maybe it's best we let them decide...
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