Using a body harness to walk your dog is a great way to gain better control safely. Dogs who tend to pull on walks often benefit from using a harness since it does not pull on the dog’s neck, causing them to cough. Additionally, harnesses are safer than the traditional collars if your dog tends to lunge at other dogs, people, or wildlife like squirrels and rabbits.
It isn’t just about your dog coughing either; permanent damage is also possible depending on how hard your dog tugs. For example, dogs who excessively pull or have their collars jerked can damage theirthyroid or salivatory glands.
Plus, traditional flat collars can pose a danger to dogs even when not attached to a leash. Some dogs have been known to get their collar caught on low branches or fences, strangling themselves. Other dogs have had issues when playing with other dogs. If the collar gets caught in the other dog’s mouth, the dog wearing the collar could strangle, and the dog with its lower jaw caught could break its jaw.
Finally, if you happen to have an older dog, harnesses are an excellent way to help your dog stand up, go up the stairs, and help guide them as needed.