(Pictured: OneTigris X DESTROYER K9 Harness)

In the past, dog harnesses were used mostly for working dogs (e.g. sled dogs), but with the evolution of pets! More and more owners are now looking into different types of canine attire for different purposes (running, training, etc.) So, what are the benefits of harnesses for your pup?


1. Better Control 

When choosing between a dog harness and a collar, the strength and habits of your dog should be carefully considered. No pull and step in harnesses are in high demand these days, especially for medium to big dogs. Why? Dog harnesses are suitable for large dogs (e.g. German Shepherd Dogs, Belgian Malinois, Labradors, etc.) or dogs that like to pull, as the weight would be more evenly distributed than the collar, hence the risk of neck or back injuries would be lowered, and it would be easier on the dog owner’s arms and back as well. The handles also enable the owner to control the dog or provide mobility assistance when needed, and they’re useful for owners and puppies in training.

(Pictured: OneTigris GLADIATOR Support Harness)

(Pictured: OneTigris SGT PATCH K9 Harness)

2. Better Visibility (HI-VIS)

Aside from service dog and therapy dog harnesses that have large patch panels and ID windows for signage to show the handlers’ special needs and medical conditions, some dog harnesses have light reflective strips and vest trims that keep you and your dog safe during nighttime walks and in other low light environments. Some dog owners with tactical harnesses get creative with the webbing and attach LED lights and glow sticks to the harness. It’s also worth noting that working dogs (e.g. SAR dogs) often wear orange vests to stay visible in the outdoors.

(Pictured: OneTigris BEAST MOJO Small Dog Harness)

(Pictured: OneTigris FIRE WATCHER K9 Harness)

3. Staying Fit

A healthy dog is a happy dog! While some dogs like to stay active with their owners, there are others that are overweight due to various reasons. Ruffwear has many different lines of dog gear for outdoor activities, and tactical gear brands like OneTigris offer cool gear that are MOLLE compatible for you to attach pouches and weights, so your dog can stay fit even when at home, and he/she can learn to carry his/her own gear when heading out!

(Pictured: OneTigris HOPPY CAMPER Dog Pack)

(Pictured: OneTigris MOLLE Dog Pouch)

4. Safety and Protection

Some K9 harnesses use heavy duty materials like nylon and metal buckles to offer better security and prevent escape into traffic and other dangers, and the K9 harnesses cover a large part of the body offering a certain degree of protection against dog bites and wild animal attacks. While it’s not bite-proof, it can be life saving. This is especially so for small dogs both in the city and rural/outdoor areas.

(Pictured: OneTigris BEAST MOJO Small Dog Harness, OneTigris SUBMARINER K9 Harness)

5. No Pull Front Lead Designs

Many harnesses offer multiple leash clip options at the front chest, between the shoulder blades, and/or near the base of the tail. Different options offer different levels of comfort and support for the dog. Front clips discourage dogs that like to pull; rear clips are good for treks and hiking trips when paired with extra long exploration leashes. 

(Pictured: OneTigris X DESTROYER K9 Harness)

The bottom line is, be it an easy walk or an outdoor adventure, harnesses can be mighty handy for you and your canine companion. Pick one that offers a good fit, breathability, and quality accessories to ensure comfort and security, and don’t forget to check if there are discount codes or online coupons available before buying one!

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