Dog Harness or Dog Collar - Which Is Better?

Walkies is the best part of your dog's day, so make it as comfortable and stress-free as possible for both your dog and for you. 

The biggest question some dog owners have is whether you should use a dog harness or a collar. Below are some helpful pros and cons for each to help make the decision easier. 

Dog Harness

Dog Harness

Dog Harness Pros:

  • Great for safety, harnesses are really secure as your dog can't slip a harness as easily as they can slip out of a collar.
  • Helps disperse the pressure evenly across your dog's shoulders and back.
  • Decreases pressure on their neck especially if they tend to pull lots.
  • Helps stop your dog's legs getting tangled up in the lead while walking.
  • Some harnesses can double up as a seatbelt restraint for traveling in the car.

Dog Harness Cons:

  • Dog Harnesses can be tricky to put on and off easily compared to collars.
  • They can cause sores if you don't get a correctly fitting harness.
  • Your dog can't always wear a dog coat with a harness (although we do stock dog coats for harness wearers).

Dog Collars

Dog Collars

Dog Collars Pros: 

  • Collars can be less restrictive and provide better freedom of movement when a dog is out and about all day.
  • Gives you more control as you can gently move the direction of their head to distract them from stressful situations.
  • Collar IDs can be worn easily on collars for safety.
  • Easy to put on and take off, you don't even need to remove them once in the house.
  • Great for pups in training, especially for puppies as you can easily correct unwanted behaviour.

Dog Collars Cons: 

  • Some breeds like whippets have thicker necks meaning collars can easily slip off. Consider a slip dog lead for these breeds. 
  • If your dog is a chronic puller, then a collar could run the risk of injuring them or cause choking, especially in toy breeds.
  • Leads can make breathing harder for flat faced breeds such as bulldogs and pugs. 
  • Dog's can get caught on things, especially if they're left unattended in the house or garden for long period of times.