A great dog harness will give you full control over your pet while you’re out on a walk, and it will be comfortable for your little friend. Today we’re running through some top tips on how to choose the perfect harness for you and your dog.

A harness wraps around your dog’s torso. That means it doesn’t place any pressure on the animal’s neck like a traditional collar does. There are plenty of reasons to try out a harness but the most obvious one is security. A dog may wiggle out of a traditional collar but it’s much harder to escape a fully adjustable harness.

There are two main types of dog harness:

The first is known as a back-clip harness. As the name suggests, you attached your lead to a clip on the top of the dog’s back. This is a great option if you have a dog with a sensitive throat. It’s also well suited to dogs that have already been taught not to pull as there are no straps fastened around the dog’s neck. You can pull back on the lead in an emergency without harming your dog.

The other one is the front clip harness. The clip for your lead is found at the center of your dog’s chest, so you’ll get more control over the direction your dog is walking in. That makes this style of harness a popular choice for dog trainers. If your dog does end up pulling, it will turn towards you. That’s good news if you’re out on a walk and you want to distract your pet from something that might spook it. But remember, a front clip harness can only do so much. If you want walkies to be hassle-free, you’ll need to train your dog to walk calmly at your side.

You don’t want to get a small dog with a harness designed for big dogs, but equally, you don’t want a big dog breaking out of a harness that’s designed for smaller breeds (by the way, it is the same when it comes to choosing remote dog training collars). Some harnesses arrive with a back lip and a front clip. Other alternatives have a modular design.