Dog collar VS Harness, Which is best for your puppy?

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Do you have a new puppy or maybe your new puppy is on the way? If so, you're probably wondering which you should use when taking your puppy outside for potty breaks and for walks. Should it be a collar or should it be a harness?

In this article, We’re going to discuss the pros and cons of each so that you can make a better choice about which tool to use with your puppy.

Jack holing a leash with mouth

Introducing a Leash, collar and harness

It's pretty common for a puppy to throw a little bit of a temper tantrum when you first introduce a collar and leash or a harness. It’s something that feels different to them. They've never been exposed to it before and their natural instinct is to pull away from any pressure they feel.

This is called opposition reflex. It’s always better to play a few training games to teach your puppy that the collar or the harness or even the leash mean good things are going to happen.

The Pros of Dog Collars

  • These are the most basic dog products. There are a variety of styles and materials available.
  • Collars may give you better control and require less physical strength from you as you’re walking your dog than harnesses, depending on your dog’s size.
  • Many dog trainers recommend that you begin leash training for a puppy with a four-foot leash and flat collar.
  • The collar is much easier to put on than a harness especially in the middle of the night for potty breaks.
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The Cons of Dog Collars

  •  Avoid so-called corrective collars, like choke collars and prong collars, which can cause neck injury, pain, and even strangulation.
  • If too much pulling happens with a dog wearing a collar, It can cause throat, neck and spine problems as your pup grows.
  • If the fit is too loose, your dog may be able to wiggle out and escape; this is especially true for dogs like greyhounds or dachshunds, whose heads are often smaller than their necks.
  • If the fit is too tight, it may be painful for your dog.

The Pros of Dog Harnesses

  • Be more comfortable for your dog.
  • Help prevent your dog from slipping out.
  • Help prevent your dog’s leash from getting caught under his legs.
  • Help alleviate dog back pain.

The Cons of Dog Harnesses

  • Can be uncomfortable in hot weather.
  • Can be harder and takes longer to put on.
  • May require more physical strength than walking your dog on a traditional dog collar, depending on the size of the dog.
  • If a harness is too big, your dog may be able to wiggle out and escape.

For your tiny Puppies

It can be tricky to find a harness for the really small puppies so you may have to temporarily use a cat harness until your pup grows into an extra small or small sized dog harness. 

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Or you can try our super lightweight snap harness. Our handcrafted unique best dog harnesses are created with love, using a soft-edge finish that creates a clean look and a smooth, comfortable border that won’t rub, chafe or irritate your puppy’s soft skin. 
Simple and minimized design is perfect for tiny – small sized puppies and dogs. It features a snap closure for ease of use. Just slip it on, snap and go!
If you can't find the right size, we offer custom sizing service as well. So don't hesitate to ask and don't forget to check our best selling Snap harnesses. :)

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Final Thought

It’s not uncommon to go through a few collars or harnesses over the first year or so of your pup’s life. They grow pretty quickly so make sure you size up when your pup has grown.
Remember we want a properly fitting collar or harness. Collars should have 2 finger widths between collar and neck. A harness should fit snug on your dog without rubbing or causing irritation. 

Happy Shopping!

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