Four Great Harnesses for Large Dogs
Dog collars have the important purpose of attaching your dog’s identification tags to him should he become lost. Collars are not ideal for walking your dog and pose a danger of injury to your dog or the loss of your dog. By attaching the leash directly to the dog’s collar you risk serious injury to your dog’s neck and trachea should he pull too hard at the leash. Breeds like Pugs and French Bulldogs have been known to pop out their eyeballs from pulling too hard on their collars. And squirming out of collars is just too easy. So, harnesses are a good idea for all-sized dogs, but dog harnesses for large dogs are absolutely vital!
Strong, well-made harnesses prevent the loss of your dog in traffic or among people or other dogs. They also help protect you from aching arms and back since from a pulling dog. How? Harnesses give you much better control of your dog because it redirects him. Unlike the collar, there’s no reward because pulling doesn’t get him anywhere and this discourages pulling and jumping. Respiratory problems, neck and trachea injuries are prevented by spreading the stress of the pulling leash over a larger surface area. The leash attaches to the harness by way of a hook on the dog’s back between their shoulders and the dog cannot squirm out of the harness as long as it is fitted properly.
The front-clasping harnesses are great for pullers and leash training because they have a ring in the center of the chest strap where you attach your leash. Now, when your dog starts to move forward, the leash pulls him back around to face you. There are also handles on these harnesses to help you pick up or maneuver your dog gently and with his comfort in mind. And these harnesses can be attached to safety seat belts in your car to keep your dog safe while driving.
I decided to give these four harnesses a try after researching them, and all have tested well. The materials are very durable and highly reinforced with extra stitching all about each harness. There is plenty of padding inside to prevent pinching and the dogs seem comfortable wearing them. All have the dual-attachment points in the front and on top so there’s a choice for whatever works best on the dog. All have reflective tape sewn in which is a very nice safety feature. Easily adjustable straps with secure snaps that have not failed yet. I highly recommend these four excellent harnesses!
Chai’s Choice Best Front Range Dog Harness. 3M Reflective Vest with Handle and Two Leash Attachments
Where to Buy: Amazon $26.94
Chest Sizes: XS, S, M, Lg, XL
Color: Lg-Orange, XL-Black
Dimensions: 14.3 x 10.5 x 2 in.
Weight: 10.4 ounces; Amazon Review: 4.4 / 5
Stylish and durable with a scratch-resistant outer layer. Large buckles greatly improve tensile strength. Orange, Lg fits Chest Size 27-32″ and Black, XL fits 32″-42″chest. An ergonomic design ensures ease of use putting on and taking off the harness. The mesh lining has a soft sponge padding in the chest and belly area that breathes and is comfortable for the dog. Adjustable straps allow a custom fit. Two leash attachment points: D-ring on dog’s back and webbing with O-ring on dog’s chest, both made with zinc-alloy. Safety features include nylon webbing with reflective material for good visibility at night and a sturdy handle for looping seat belt through to secure your dog while riding in your car or help an older or handicap dog get up stairs. Chai’s Choice is owned by a retired US Navy veteran from Riverview, FL. Get access to detailed “How To” videos on You Tube. Chai’s Choice offers a 30 day money back guarantee.
Ruffwear – Front Range All-Day Adventure Harness for Dogs
Where to Buy: Amazon $39.95
Chest Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L/XL
Color: Lg/XL is Orange Poppy
Dimensions: 15.4 x 11.6 x 0.2-in.
Weight: 12 ounces; Amazon Review: 4.4 / 5
The Front Range features two leash attachment points: one on the chest up front for more control and one on the back for more relaxed walks. The aluminum attachment rings are reinforced with webbing, providing a safe and durable connection. The Front Range Harness is designed to slip over your dog’s head and stay secure with side-release buckles, making it easy to gear up. The padded chest and belly panel offers all-day comfort for extended walks, runs, and hikes. Get a customizable fit with four points of adjustment. Tuck ID tags into the built-in pocket for collar-free adventures. With reflective trim, you can get out earlier and stay out longer. Full manufacturer warranty.
Julius-K9 IDC Dog Harness
Where to Buy: Amazon $50.99
Chest Sizes: Mini-mini, Mini, Baby, 0, 1,
2 (28-37 in.), 3 (32-46 in.), 4 (38-55 in.)
Color: Many colors from which to choose
Dimensions: 40 x 21.5 x 3 in.
Weight: 1.1 pounds; Amazon Review: 4.7 / 5
This harness is suitable for home use as well as for working dogs and works well as a visibility vest too. The gray line on the chest strap and the edges of the harness are made of reflective materials to help keep your dog visible even from a great distance, when out walking in the dark. Made of Oeko-Tex breathable material which is comfortable for the skin. Heavy-duty buckles are thoroughly tested. Side bags are available in 3L and 4L versions, a smaller IDC universal side bag is also available for carrying vaccination papers, cellphones and dog treats. The flashlight holder is made of an elastic material, so it can hold various sizes of flashlights, Made of high quality German materials and essential for search and rescue dogs and service dogs working at night.
Ruffwear – Web Master Secure, Reflective, Multi-Use Harness for Dogs
Where to Buy: Amazon $59.95
Sizes: XXS, XS, S, M, L/XL
Color: Twilight Gray
Dimensions: 16 x 15.8 x 0.2 in.
This harness is made for maneuvering and assisting dogs up and over obstacles as well as designating working dogs. Thin, durable foam provides support without hindering range of motion and a platform for attaching patches and signage for working dogs. Five points of adjustment create a secure fit, while padded chest and belly straps make the Web Master comfortable for all-day wear. The preferred harness of many avalanche rescue dog programs, service dog handlers, and amputee dogs, the Web Master is ideal for hiking and mobility assistance.
All these harnesses are great for large powerful dogs and will stand the test of time. If you need an excellent leash to go with your harness, see my companion piece on some of the best leashes out there ‘Dog Leashes for Large Dogs – Strong & Flexible’
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