Our Favorite Dog Harnesses

Who's a good boy? With the right-fitting harness, he'll be a safe boy too.

Who’s a good boy? With the right-fitting harness, he’ll be a safe boy too. (Pixabay/)

A dog harness is superior to the traditional collar because it is designed for maximum control and protection. By securely fastening around the dog’s neck, chest, and shoulders, the harness evenly redistributes the pressure from the leash and prevents choking or crush injuries. While a determined pup could wriggle out of a collar and escape, the harness keeps him safely under your control.

Although using a good harness can reduce the chances of a RomCom plot unfolding as you chase your dog frantically through the park, it significantly enhances both your dignity and your dog’s comfort and safety on your daily walks. Here are some we like.

A lightweight option for both cats and dogs up to 30 pounds.

A lightweight option for both cats and dogs up to 30 pounds. (Voyager/)

Even kitties can safely go exploring with this versatile mesh harness. The design accommodates cats or dogs as small as 6 pounds and up to 30 pounds. Reflective mesh fabric keeps your pet both cool in summer and warm in winter. You won’t have to wrestle your pet to get this harness in place, because it’s made to step-in and snap. You’ll get extra security with the strong Velcro closure combined with a buckle attached to double D rings. A wide variety of colors makes this safety harness fun and fashionable as well.

With four adjustable straps, this harness is easy to fit your dog’s specific shape.

With four adjustable straps, this harness is easy to fit your dog’s specific shape. (rabbitgoo/)

Although dogs are often categorized by weight or chest measurements for harnesses, there can be a vast difference in the shape and size of two animals in the same weight class. That’s why we love the customization of this harness with its four adjustable straps around the neck and chest. Your pet will feel most secure and comfortable in a breathable material that fits snugly without rubbing against his skin, which makes this the perfect choice for a pampered pup. And for your comfort, the Rabbitgoo model features quick-release buckles and a sturdy handle for extra control.

Designed by a veterinary behaviorist with a patented strap across the chest for maximum control while training.

Designed by a veterinary behaviorist with a patented strap across the chest for maximum control while training. (PetSafe/)

Its deceptively simple design delivers a big impact on your dog’s behavior. Whether training a young puppy or working to cure bad habits in an older dog, this harness makes it easy to guide your animal in the right direction. The Martingale chest strap allows you maximum control and helps train your dog not to pull on the leash. The simple straps are also ideal for walking your dog in hot or humid weather without the added heat of a padded harness.

Big dogs who do hard work need a smartly-designed harness to get the job done.

Big dogs who do hard work need a smartly-designed harness to get the job done. (Auroth/)

Large dogs have been used for work ever since humans first domesticated them from wolves. As man’s best friend and most reliable partner, your canine companion deserves the very best equipment for the job. This heavy-duty tactical harness is designed with the versatility and functionality valued by police or military K-9 units. Four adjustable straps with sturdy pads allow your animal to pull heavy gear without discomfort. Additional Molle (stands for Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment) Velcro patches on the back of the harness are useful for carrying smaller items into the field.

Bright orange reflective fabric and heavy-duty construction will keep both of you safe.

Bright orange reflective fabric and heavy-duty construction will keep both of you safe. (BABYLTRL/)

Sometimes you just want the freedom of a nighttime run under the stars. And when you do, your dog is bursting with energy and ready to race alongside you. But big, powerful dogs need big, powerful harnesses to keep them in check when the wild thrill of the sprint is coursing adrenaline through their veins. To keep you both safe, you can rely on this reflective harness to ensure any passing motorists see you and steer clear. And when you need to tug on the leash to slow your excited friend down, you can be confident the tough straps and securely locked buckles will do the job without causing pain.

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