What is the best harness for your large dog? A harness is a great thing to use if you have never used one for your dog. Not only are they comfortable for your dog (more so than being walked around with just the collar and leash), but if your dog is a puller, it is like magic once you slip a harness on him! A dog who walks you, with just a collar, can do a lot of damage to his trachea. If you have a large dog, check out these harnesses for him.
Best Harness for Your Large Dog
Kurgo Pinnacle Dog Harness
I love the look of this one! It’s got a great feature to it that I haven’t seen on many other harnesses, there are 4 different spots for you to front lead from if you choose. It is perfect for hiking, running and walking. Machine washable, don’t worry about getting it dirty, he can have a romp in the mud and you can wash it no problem. Giving him a bath after might be harder! Many people have purchased this Kurgo harness from Amazon and have nothing but good things to say. Sturdy enough for a 55-pound husky! Check it out for yourself here
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Kurgo Tru-Fit Enhanced Strength Dog Harness
I have never seen one like this before, it has a seat belt tether! Dogs need to be safe in the car as well right? You loop the seat belt through the tether and he won’t go thrashing around the car. It has been crash tested or dogs up to 75 pounds. You never know when an accident might happen! This Kurgo harness, just like all of their products, comes with a guaranteed hassle-free Lifetime Warranty. It’s got a front lead as well, which is nice. Check out the 300+ reviews on this great harness for your large dog!
Oxford Dog Collar Harness
This harness by Oxford is so comfortable looking with all the padding in the front on the chest and under his front legs. Even with the padding, it is constructed to have airflow so it remains comfortable for your dog. Many of the reviews are people who loved this product for their cat (I am not sure I have ever seen a harness used on a cat, but clearly there are people out there who do). Don’t be misguided by all the cat reviews, there are plenty of those who really love this for their dog as well. In my opinion, the sizes run small (large states it fits 11-18 pounds), so be aware when deciding. You can see all the colors available here.
I think this is a genius idea! The different colors mean something different and they are embroidered it the corresponding meaning. For example, green means friendly. So when some stranger’s child runs up to your dog to pet him, the parent knows he won’t bite her face off (ok so that might be a little extreme, but you understand my point). Some other colors are red means ‘caution’ (do not approach), and orange means ‘no dogs’ (not good with other dogs). Some additional colors available are yellow, which can either mean ‘nervous’ (dog may be unpredictable) or ‘adopt me’ (dog in need of a home), white means both blind or deaf. I think it’s a great way to communicate while walking your dog! Check out more about these genius harnesses here.
Choke free and step in
I like the idea of a step in harness. Both of the harnesses I have for my dogs go over their heads and it isn’t always fun to get them on! Step in is just genius, it makes it easier for everyone, especially dogs who might have joint issues to where bending their legs to get the harness on can be painful. While walking, if your dog decides that chasing a squirrel is more fun and tries to take off quickly, he will not be choked. The harness is designed far enough away from the trachea to avoid such things from happening. Made of mesh, it is breathable as well. They say to only measure your dog’s chest, just behind the front legs. If he seems to fall between sizes, then drop a size because you want it to feel snug. Check it out here on Amazon.
I had such trouble with my dog pulling before I started using a harness on her. I feel every dog should use one even if he does not pull. You never know what might catch his attention and he tries to run off, he could really hurt himself with just the collar and leash.
Do you have a favorite harness for your large dog? Share with us in the comment section below!