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Types of Dog Harnesses: Understanding the Difference

Dog harnesses have grown in popularity in recent years as pet owners seek a more comfortable and secure method to exercise their pets.

With so many various types of harnesses on the market, determining which one is best for your dog can be tough. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Different Types of Dog Harnesses

Here are the four types of dog harnesses that you should consider when choosing one for your dog.

Back-Clip Harness

Back Clip Harness from QQPets

The most common style of harness is a back-clip harness, which is ideal for dogs who do not pull excessively on their leash. 

These harnesses are easy to put on and take off since they include a clip on the back of the dog’s shoulders. They also help to prevent choking and put pressure on the dog’s neck. This makes them the best types of harness for brachycephalic breeds, such as French Bulldogs, Pugs, and Boston Terriers, because they tend to have very sensitive windpipes.

According to Pet Lists Organization, the most significant drawback is that back-clip harnesses might exacerbate tugging difficulties. Dogs move in the exact opposite direction of the force applied to them; thus, if you pull on top, they will pull forward.

Front-Clip Harness

Front Clip Harness from Eagloo

A front-clip harness is intended to decrease pulling and give your dog more control. As the dog starts tugging, the leash attaches to the front of the harness, which helps to redirect the dog’s attention to you. These are the best types of dog harnesses for reactive dogs or strong pullers.

The leash tangles more readily in your dog’s legs, and it might be tough to swing it from one end of your dog to the other. Chafing might occur if the garment is not correctly fitted.

Make sure you learn the right leash-handling technique to keep you and your dog safe when walking or traveling! You can see more tips by visiting the PetFitness YouTube channel.

Dual-Clip Harness

Dual-Clip Harness from Embark Pets

 If you want to stop your dog from pulling on the leash, then a dual-clip harness is perfect for you. This type of harness has two attachment points: one in the front of the chest and another on the back of the shoulders.

This sort of harness offers more flexibility and control, making it excellent for dogs that are still learning to walk on a leash or who tug. It’s also a great option for brachycephalic breeds that are very active to prevent them from pulling and hurting themselves.

Depending on the scenario, you can utilize both clips at the same time or simply one. Since they incorporate the benefits of both no-pull and back-clip harnesses, these harnesses are more costly. The unused steel loop can be irritating and cause chafing with these harnesses.

Head Halter

Head Halter from The Company of Animals

A head halter is meant to go over your dog’s nose and allow you better control over your dog’s head motions. The leash connects to the halter under the dog’s chin, allowing you to lead them in the desired direction.

Head halters are very effective for reactive or aggressive dogs on walks, but they require some training and may take some time for your dog to wear them.

Dogs who are out of control risk injuring their necks. That said, keep in mind that some dogs don’t like wearing head halters. It may take a few days or weeks to get them used to it.


As you can see, the best types of dog harnesses depend on your dog’s personality, walking habits, and size. While selecting one, keep your dog’s comfort and safety in mind, and always make sure it fits properly.

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