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Best Dog and Puppy Harnesses UK

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A dog harness is now a common sight on a dog walk with plenty of dog lovers opting to clip their lead to a harness rather than a collar.


Harnesses can help keep dogs under control whilst ensuring they are comfortable.


Initially dog harnesses appear more humane than a collar.

black pug wearing a dog harness with his tongue hanging out.

Ultimately they can eliminate pressure on the neck and spine spreading pressure across your dog's torso.


Whether you're looking for a puppy harness, flat-faced breed harness, 'puller' harness or a great all-round harness we've got you covered.


We feature harnesses to suit every dog and of course their owner.


Table of Contents

Buying Guide for Dog & Puppy Harnesses

Features to Consider

Our Picks for the Best Harnesses

How to Measure for a Harness

How Double Ended Dog Leads Work


BUYING GUIDE FOR DOG & PUPPY HARNESSES


For certain breeds, dog harnesses are highly recommended. These include flat faced breeds who suffer with respiratory problems such as french bulldogs and pugs.


A dog harness can help to stop pulling on the lead. Simply the sensation of wearing a harness can often calm dogs and reduce pulling but unfortunately it's not guaranteed.


There are methods of attaching a double lead to a harness (no-pull harness) which can provide further control.


Many dog lovers swear by double leads and if you have a constant 'puller' they can revolutionise your dog walks overnight.

When it comes to playful puppies, harnesses can provide better support for their growing frames whilst acting as a positive training tool for puppies that haven’t yet learned to walk beautifully on a lead.


What's more, a puppy harness will prevent them from getting tangled up in the lead and possibly hurt in the process.


It's not all positive when it comes to harnesses. Remember to remove the harness immediately after a walk especially if they are wet as they can become uncomfortable and cause rubbing.


Sleeping in a harness is also potentially risky because the harness may get caught on something such as a dog crate and become a choking hazard.



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FEATURES TO CONSIDER


Before you jump straight in and buy a harness, there are a few features to bear in mind -


Fit

First decide why you want a harness. It may purely be a fashion item, but even if this is the case, it’s worth making sure it fits properly.


At the end of this article we provide a step-by-step guide on how to measure your dog for a harness.


Over the Head

Some dogs particularly puppies with their first harness, don't always appreciate the sensation of the harness slipping over their head and ears.


If you think that this may be the case with your four-legged friend, consider a harness which is designed to wrap around your dog.


No-Pull

Some harnesses are designed with a front mounted 'D' ring in addition to an attachment point mounted on the back. These types of harnesses are designed with 'pullers' in mind.


They can offer you more control with the option of using a double-ended lead. We explore double-ended leads later in the article.


Design

There are a massive range of options available to you. From the number and positioning of fastenings to colours and patterns.


In some cases coordinating leads and collar sets are available so you can walk the streets in style.



OUR PICKS OF THE BEST HARNESSES


1. BEST FOR PUPPIES Puppia Puppy Harness


This is the first of three puppy harnesses to feature. It's Puppia's best selling harness in the UK and it's recommended by vets.

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The Puppia collection includes lots of styles, but this is their original and classic design.


The first thing to say is that it's extremely lightweight and comfortable for young puppies.


The harness is fitted over the head and incorporates two adjustable points - one at the neck and the second on the chest area.


The design aims to avoid unnecessary tension on your puppy's delicate neck area.


The Puppia harness features a plaid fabric and a soft lining for comfort alongside a mesh finish which really helps keep your puppy cool especially during those summer months.


Of course you can coordinate it with their range of colourful leads for the ultimate chic look at the park.


Just be aware that this harness hasn't been designed with major 'pullers' in mind. If your puppy is a strong 'puller', another harness such as the Rabbitgoo maybe more suitable.


Available in 7 sizes and lots of colours to suit your gorgeous ball of fluff.


Reasons to Buy

+ Vet recommended

+ Designed for puppies

+ Wide range of colours

+ Lightweight & comfortable

Reasons to Avoid

- Over the head

- Not suitable for 'Pullers'


2. BEST PUPPY STYLE Hugo & Hudson Puppy Harness


Hugo & Hudson dog harnesses are available in a gorgeous range of designs from laidback tweeds for a 'Country Gent' look to this modern, bright star pattern

Great all-round  Harness for puppies - Hugo & Hudson

Designed to fit comfortably around your puppy, they incorporate strong polyester webbing and adjustable sides for a custom fit and will avoid unnecessary rubbing.


The special D rings on the back provide you with extra security when attaching the lead and it has one side release buckle.


You can even complete the look with matching collar and lead.


As with Puppia, the Hugo & Hudson harness hasn't been designed for 'pullers' in mind.


Reasons to Buy

+ Gorgeous range of designs

+ Matching leads available

Reasons to Avoid

- Over the head

- More expensive than Puppia

- Not designed for 'pullers'


3. EASY ACCESS DoodleBone Snappy Puppy Harness


This Snappy harness by Doodlebone has one big selling point!

Easy slip on puppy harness - Doodlebone

If your puppy just isn't happy with a regular harness that slips over their head, Doodlebone have the solution.


Their harness is specially designed to wrap around your dog really easily and snap into place.


This may sound like a small detail but wriggling puppies can be notoriously difficult to get into harnesses, so this way you can look forward to your walks without a fight getting the harness on in the first place!


It has a quick-release fastener on the back rather than the side and has a double D ring to attach to your lead.


The one downside of this harness is the limited adjustment. So carefully check your measurements to get the perfect fit. Choose from ten stunning colours.


Reasons to Buy

+ NOT over the head

+ Range of colours

Reasons to Avoid

- Limited adjustment


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4. BEST FOR SMALL DOGS Rabbitgoo Harness


Finding a good quality harness to fit a small breed dog especially flat faced breeds such as pugs can be tricky. We love this Rabbitgoo harness because its comfortable for small dogs whilst being strong enough to cope with 'pullers'.

Best Harness for small dogs - a rabbit goo blue small dog harness.

If you have a pint-sized breed (Corgi, Pug, Chihuahua) this harness is available in super small sizes which are fully adjustable.


The design incorporates a front mounted 'D' ring in addition to a standard 'D' ring mounted on the back (top).


This can provide more control and the option to be used with double-ended leads.


Unlike the puppy harnesses featured above, Rabbitgoo harnesses have four adjustment points (2 at the neck and 2 across the chest), so they can be fully customised to fit your dog.


Lots of eye-catching bright colours and available in four different sizes.


Reasons to Buy

+ 4 adjustment points

+ Double D ring

+ Suitable for pullers

+ Range of colours

Reasons to Avoid

- Functional design


5. BEST FOR LARGE BREEDS Eagloo Dog Harness


The best harnesses are designed to take into account the way in which dogs’ bodies move with padding to protect their pressure points.

Woman walking a dog on the beach wearing a Eagloo dog harness

This dog harness by Eagloo is specially built for larger breed dogs to distribute pressure evenly and safely around your dog's chest.


The design incorporates some soft padding in the chest so the harness won't rub your dog's skin. Suitable for use with double-ended dog leads.


Measuring for a harness can be difficult. Rather than relying on one measurement, Eagloo harnesses let you take into account chest and neck measurements along with weight to select the best harness size for your dog.


Eagloo's collection of four harness sizes include a large degree of overlap and adjustability.


The bright colours help visibility (don't worry, it also comes in black if you prefer something a little more low-key).


Reasons to Buy

+ Suitable for large breed dogs

+ Big size overlap

+ Double D ring

+ Range of colours

Reasons to Avoid

- A very functional design


6. BEST NO PULL DOG HARNESS Embark Harness


If you are looking at achieving the ultimate, relaxed dog walk, Embark may be able to help.

Close up showing a dog wearing an Embark patterned dog harness

We love this Embark harness, not just for it's 'No Pull' credentials but for the gorgeous design element they've incorporated too.


Both functional and stylish!


Embark offer a range of super comfortable, no-pull harnesses to help dog parents everywhere.


When designing their no-pull dog harness Embark specifically placed the front leading D-Ring to help you teach your dog to heel, while the back attachment and padding around the neck helps protect your dog's neck.


It can be used with a double-ended dog lead


They also stock a range plain and beautifully patterned harnesses not to mention beautiful collars and coordinating leads.


Embark guarantee you'll love your dog harness and it’ll fit your dog comfortably, or they'll replace it.


Reasons to Buy

+ Suitable for large breed dogs

+ 4 adjustment points

+ Double D ring

+ Range of designs

Reasons to Avoid

- No small sizes

- Pricier than Eagloo


7. BEST ADVENTURE DOG HARNESS Ruffwear Web Master

If you're planning an adventure with your dog, completely off the beaten track then you can't go wrong with this well designed harness by Ruffwear.

The Ruffwear Web Master Harness is more than a simple walk in the park harness.


It's been created as a secure and supportive harness for manoeuvring and assisting dogs up and over obstacles (from dachshunds over steps to border collies over boulders)


The harness itself is very thin to ensure it doesn't hinder your dog's full range of movements.


It incorporates no fewer than 5 points of adjustment (2 girth straps, 1 chest and 2 neck adjusters) so you can fully customise this harness to fit your dog comfortably for a full day of adventures.


Reasons to Buy

+ 5 sizes x-small to x-large

+ Thin lightweight material

+ 5 adjustment points

+ 2 girth straps

Reasons to Avoid

- Pricey option



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8. BEST FOR LATE NIGHT WALKS Julius K9


If you're planning late night walks, consider investing in a harness that features some reflective material to enhance visibility and security at night on the road.

Julius k9 reflective dog harness

These can also be invaluable if you four-legged friend loves diving into the undergrowth off lead !


From the extensive range of harnesses available at Julius K9, the IDC-Powerharness is available in neon-green which quite literally glows in the dark.


Julius K9 harnesses are recommended by dog trainer and vets so have the stamp of approval.


We loved the fact that their harnesses come in a huge range of sizes and even cater for pint-sized pups weighing less than 3kg.


Reasons to Buy

+ High visibility

+ Massive range of sizes

+ Strong back handle

Reasons to Avoid

- Price

- Very functional design


9. BEST FOR CAR SAFETY Crash Tested Petsafe Harness

When travelling with your dog or puppy in the car, we strongly recommend a properly crash tested harness.

small dog in a blue crash tested dog harness

This Happy Ride harness from Petsafe is fully certified crash tested.


Available in four sizes with a handy sizing guide available online which takes into account the chest, neck and the weight of your dog to help you select the best fit.


A car seat belt tether attaches to the harness at one of the several attachment points and the other end clicks directly into your car seat belt system.


Padded for comfort,it's an ideal car harness.


10. BEST HARNESS CAR TETHER Nasjac Tether


Whilst riding in any of the seats featured, your dogs harness should be tethered to the vehicle's seat belt system.


NEVER attach the seat belt tether to your dogs collar, always secure to their harness.


A dog seat belt can protect from sudden braking or sharp turns as well as preventing you from being distracted as your dog tries to leap onto your lap!

car seat belt tether to attach to Isofix or seatbelt points

Whilst several of the car seat covers featured in this review do come with a tether, it may be worth investing in a multi- functional tether giving you more options.


The standout feature of this tether from Nasjac is the dual attachment clips.


It gives you the option of attaching directly into a standard seat belt point, using the ISOFIX point or even the D rings in the boot.


It's this multi-functionality which means it's a great buy.


This Nasjac tether is also adjustable between 53-76 cm so you can ensure it's a suitable length to keep your dog restrained comfortably.


The metal buckle means it easy and quick to attach to your dog's harness and it swivels a full 360° so no problems with your dog becoming entangled in the tether whilst you're driving.


It's also available in a range of bright colours so should be easy to find in the car at night.


Reasons to Buy

+ 3-in-1 connectors

+ Rotating carabiner

+ Absorbs impacts

+ Adjustable length

Reasons to Avoid

- Cheaper available



HOW TO MEASURE YOUR DOG FOR A HARNESS


If you're buying online, you will need to know your dog's measurements. Here's a simple step-by-step guide to recording accurate measurements and selecting the right size harness.


  1. Either use a fabric tape measure or if you don’t have one, a piece of string works. If you have a ‘wriggler’ then get some help, fit their collar first to hold onto and if you are still struggling use dog treats.

  2. One tip which can work exceptionally well is to stand your dog on an ironing board. By lifting them up to your height it will make your job of measuring easier and your dog will probably stand still on the confined platform.

  3. First measure the chest. Take the tape measure/string around your dog’s chest just behind their front legs which is usually the widest part. You're looking for a snug but not tight fit for the harness, so don’t pull the tape measure/string to tight.

  4. If you are using a piece of string, simply lay it alongside a meter rule or a metal tape measure to record the measurements

  5. Some harnesses incorporate a neck measurement too, so don’t forget to make a note of that.

  6. Lastly weigh your dog. This can be done at the vets or with scales at home. Simply weigh yourself with your dog in your arms, then weigh yourself and hey presto! The difference is your dog’s weight.

  7. Now check your measurements and weight against the manufacturers sizing chart.

  8. When faced with multiple measurements, chest/girth should always take priority over neck and weight.

PRO TIP If your dog is between sizes opt for the bigger size. You can always adjust the harness to make it fit tighter, but if it is too small then it will be uncomfortable and rub.



HOW DOUBLE ENDED DOG LEADS WORK


Double ended dog leads give you the option to fasten the lead to two positions on your dog's harness.


One end is attached to the D ring on your dog's chest (front) and the second is attached to the D ring on your dog's back.


This can help considerably with dog's that pull and lunge providing you with more control.

A double-ended lead is also multi-purpose and can easily altered to use as a normal, more traditional lead when needed.


If your dog is a 'puller', you suffer with painful arthritis in your hands or your dog is a 'houdini', it could well be to your advantage to invest in a double-ended lead.


This double-ended lead from Halti has excellent customer reviews.


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