Collars Vs Harnesses

Posted on 07 August 2015

Some might argue that choosing between a collar and a harness for Fido is almost like choosing between wearing a pair of jeans or a skirt. It all depends on your preferences. Of course, your dog’s breed should also considerably influence your decision as well.

To simplify this choice, let’s take a look at both collars and harnesses and analyse when to use which.


Collars are undoubtedly the most conventional pet supplies when it comes to walking and training dogs. The ideal option is the classic flat or rolled collar that attaches with a plastic clip or a buckle which is easier to slip on and off. It helps to hold the dog’s identification, license and rabies tag. You can attach the leash on the collar with the clip and use it to lead the dog with ease.

Alternately for larger or more difficult dogs, you could consider training collars such as Martingale collars which tighten when there is a pull. Even at their tightest, they cannot strangle the dog. On the other hand, the metal choke collar is perfect when you only wish to give a sharp jerk to make the dog stop what it’s doing.

Similarly, a prong collar may be effective for certain dogs, but only if they are under the control of a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). Collars are a convenient option for daily usage when taking the dog out for a walk, but only if they are trained enough to not pull or lunge on leash and has no respiratory issues.

If your dog is calm, well behaved and does not pull on the leash then a collar is a good option. Do not use a collar for a dog breed that is prone to tracheal or respiratory issues, for dogs that have a tendency to pull or lunge, or are at risk for tracheal collapse.


Harnesses are growing in popularity these days. Not only are they great pet products for training unruly dogs, but they are also a great alternative option to traditional collars.

They are ideal for dogs with tracheal or respiratory problems as well as dogs with smaller muzzles. Smaller breeds of dogs such as pugs, poodles or even Chihuahuas are particularly well suited to harnesses.

When it comes to larger dog breeds, consider a harness as a training tool or if your dog has a tendency to pull or lunge excessively. This will protect your dog from neck or throat strain or even from choking.

Contrary to common misconception, there are two main types of harnesses; Front-Attaching Harness and Back-Attaching Harness.

Front-Attaching Harness

  • For Larger Dogs
  • Attaches in the front of the dog, between the legs.
  • Offers more control

 Back-Attaching Harness

  • For smaller or calmer dogs
  • Attaches at the back of the dog
  • Offer little control and gently guides the dog
  • Not suitable for large dogs
  • Can make a dog’s pulling behaviour worse

Now that you know which to choose, make your choice with careful deliberation. Consider not just your pet’s breed and his/her needs but also personality and temperament before making your choice.

Remember just like you could probably pair a short skirt with your favourite pair of tights for a mix of style and comfort, you could choose to use a simple slip collar for identification purposes but use a harness for the leash instead.


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1 comment

  • Tyler Winters: August 09, 2015

    Will you be carrying the telltail harness?

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