Are you frustrated trying to walk your dog on a lead? Does your dog pull on the leash, walk in front of you, take off in his own direction?
My Tiger is pretty good on the lead but he does like to be the leader of the pack and pulls on his lead. If I don't' have him on a harness when he is pulling on the lead, he will choke himself on the collar. It worries me that he will damage his throat or windpipe but no matter how often he does it, he persists on pulling.
According to Dogster, there are several reasons why dogs pull on a leash. These include:
- Your dog is excited - wouldnt you be?
- Pulling you along gets them to where they want to go
- They are untrained and don't know any better
- Dogs are faster than we are so generally lead the walk
- There are so many interesting things for you dog to sniff along the way
- Not having the correct equipment for the job
No pull harnesses are generally the best equipment for managing the pulling behavior while you train for polite walking.
Quick Guide to No Pull Harnesses
What is a no pull harness
No-pull dog harnesses are an easy and gentle way to deter your dog from pulling. When your dog pulls in a no-pull harness, it becomes uncomfortable and encourages your dog not to pull.
Consistency will reward you. The time it takes to change a behavior greatly depends on how consistent you are.
There are generally two types of no pull harnesses.
- One that has a leash attachment at the dog's chest areas which gives you more control of your dog's motion and direction. This allows you to guide your dog back towards you when your dog starts to pull.
- The other gently tightens around your dog's chest area when he pulls. This restricts your dog from pulling and is a better choice for stronger or more compulsive pullers.
Learning not to pull on the lead
Start training when your dog is tired. A well-exercised dog will learn not to pull on the lead faster than dogs with too much pent-up energy. Start your practice after a long walk and with consistency, you should see some improvement pretty quickly.
But don't forget, even with the best equipment, your dog still needs to be trained. Teach your dog to walk nicely on a loose leash. Attend an obedience or dog training class. Practice, Practice, Practice!!!!
Below is a list of 5 of the best harnesses for dogs that pull. All of these harnesses have been highly rated. I don't like to recommend just one, and don't believe there is just one BEST harness. We all have different dogs of different sizes, energy, and personalities. We all walk and play with our dogs in different ways.
If you are looking for a harness to stop your dog from pulling you along while on your walk, have a look at the harnesses below.
Before you buy a harness, read the sizing guides. I have included videos where possible to help with fit and sizing.
1. Freedom no- pull harness
The Freedom No-Pull Harness is beautifully made harness. It is velvet lining on the belly strap to prevent chafing. It can be used as a regular harness as well as a no-pull harness.
The back attachment tightens gently when the dog pulls which can stop your dog from continued pulling.
The Freedom No Pull harness is extremely effective for training and minimizes the effect of pulling for several reasons:
- Tightening effect of the loop on the harness
- The location of the loop
- The re configurable design that allows you to attach to only the back or to the front and back of the harness simultaneously.
If you have a very strong dog, the front attachment may not provide enough control. In this case, attach the leash to both the back and the front or use a head halter.
Measure the circumference of your dog's chest by placing the tape measure all the way around the chest (rib cage), behind the front legs. Select a size that is between the specified size range.
Example 1: if your dog's chest is 31" you would want the large Freedom No Pull harness (26" - 32") rather than the XLarge (30" - 36"). Example 2: if your dog's chest is 28" you would want the large Freedom No Pull harness (26" - 32") rather than the Medium (22" - 28").
When selecting a size, use the exact girth measurement as the primary method or ordering. The weight is only approximate and should be used as a guideline not the determining factor.
14" - 20"
18" - 24"
22" - 28"
22" - 28"
26" - 32"
30" - 38"
36" - 44"
13 - 21 lbs
18 - 35 lbs
30 - 50 lbs
30 - 50 lbs
45 - 80 lbs
75 - 135 lbs
125 - 200 lbs
>> Check out prices for the Freedom No-Pull Harness on Amazon
2. Walk Your Dog With Love - No pull harness
No-Choke No-Pull Front-Leading Dog Harness comes in sizes from 5 - 250 Pounds and is available in 10 Colors.
- No Pull and no choke harness
- It is an easy to fit, put on and take off.
- Flexible sizing
- Water resistant
- Doesn't loosen while being worn to prevent escape
- Made in the USA
- Site high so that is doesn't restrict shoulder movement
>> Check out prices for the Walk Your Dog With Love No-Pull Harness on Amazon
3. Chai's Choice Best Front Range No-Pull Dog Harness
Chai's choice harness is a sturdy well designed no pull harness
- Stylish, Durable, Scratch-Resistant oxford material outer layer.
- Lightweight Duraflex Buckle with large loading capacity which greatly improves tensile strength.
- Ergonomic Design ensures ase of use putting on and taking off Harness.
- Comfortable Lightweight Mesh Lining with Soft Sponge Padding in chest and belly.
- Adjustable straps allow a custom fit for your pooch
- Two Leash Attachment Points
- Safety Features include Nylon Webbing with 3M Reflective material for Good Visibility at Night
- Sturdy Handle for Looping Seat Belt through to Secure your dog while riding in your car
>> Check out price for Chai's Choice Harness on Amazon
4. Kurgo Tru-fit walking harness
The Kurgo harness is a stylish, comfortable and versatile which makes it easier and safer to walk with your dog. It has front and back loops for additional support and control.
An effective walking harness to eliminate the choking and pulling experienced with just a collar, the Tru-Fit Smart Harness features a halt ring on the chest plate. If your pup attempts to pull on a leash attached to the halt ring, it will just turn him around effectively training him that pulling will get him nowhere!
The chest pad provides ultimate comfort by reducing stress on the trachea and sternum while dispersing kinetic energy across the chest of the dog.
It is simple to put on—just slip the harness over your dog's head and clip the quick release buckles around his midsection.
There are five adjustment points to get the perfect fit for any dog's size or proportions. It is comfortable for every day walking with a no-pull D ring on the chest.
>> Check out prices for the Kurgo Tru-Fit Harness on Amazon
5. No-Pull Harness Lead - escape proof dog harness
This No-Pull Harness Lead is a very unique, one size fits all walking harness. This lead tightens around your dog's chest only. No more choking and gagging!
The harness lead has a soft texture with no hard edges or buckles to irritate skin or back of
>> Check out prices for the No-Pull Harness Lead on Amazon
6. Ruff Wear Front Range Harness
Yes, there are now 6 harness in the review but the Ruff Wear Front Range Harness is one of my new favourites. The build quality is second to none and is beautifully designed. It is stable and secure on the dog and comes with a front ring to keep your dog at bay.
It is a padded harness for extra comfort, has reflective trim and all the buckles and tabs tuck away nicely so that they don't get caught up.
The Ruff Wear Front Range comes in sizes from XX-small to X-Large and multiple colours. Remember to measure your dog and watch the video to see it being fitted.
It is very important to properly measure your dog to fit the harness. The video below will show you how to correctly put on your dogs new harness.
>> Check out the price for the Ruff Wear Front Range Harness on Amazon
Ready to walk....
Training you dog to walk calmly by your side is not easy. For the best results book in for some dog training, study some YouTube dog training videos and practice practice practice.