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Best Dog Harness Reviews – Ultimate Buyer’s Guide

I. Introduction

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Welcome to our review of dog harnesses and no-pull dog harnesses. In this review, we will look at what the benefits of dog harness over traditional dog collars are, the pros and cons of using a dog harness, and we review ten of the best-selling dog harnesses that are available on the market today.

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Dog harnesses come in a surprisingly wide range of different designs and many people consider a harness to be a kinder and safer way to control a dog on the leash because they don’t pull on the neck in the same ways that dog collars do. The best dog harnesses can also discourage a dog from pulling on the leash, especially those that have a front leash attachment.

In these dog harness reviews, we look at everything from the comfort and ease of use to the style, and we tell you what we particularly liked about each product, and what we felt could be improved. We have tried to pick out what we consider to be ten of the best dog harnesses in our reviews and those that will give the widest choice of the various different designs of dog harnesses.

So, if you are thinking of buying a dog harness for your dog, please read on, and we will explain more about the features to look for and give you our honest opinion of ten of dog harnesses on the market today.

II. Some of The Most Important Features of Dog Harness

When you are looking for a dog harness for your dog, there are few important things that you should know.

Not all dog harnesses are no-pull dog harnesses

Although any type of dog harness is likely to make it easier to control your dog and discourage pulling on the leash, if you are buying a harness specifically to stop your dog pulling then you should look at the dog harnesses that have a leash attachment situated on the chest of the dog. When a dog pulls on a leash that is attached to the front of a harness, the leash pulls the dog sideways and off-balance, which will eventually stop the dog pulling.

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Make sure you buy the right size harness for your dog

It is important that a dog harness fits snugly to the body of the dog, or the harness may slip off. Check the sizes of dog harnesses carefully and be aware that there is no standardisation of sizes, so medium for one manufacturer could be a different size than medium from another manufacturer.

Straps Vs full harnesses

You will notice in our dog harness reviews that some harnesses have large padded areas that fit over the dog’s chest and back, while others have only straps. The full harnesses are usually better for large dogs that pull a lot, but the straps-only harnesses are more comfortable for the dog to wear in hot weather. Very thin straps might also cause chafing if a dog does tend to pull on the leash a lot.

Ease of use

If your dog is particularly excitable and won’t sit still for long, then it would be advisable to look at how easy to put on and take off a dog harness is. The easiest harnesses to use are the “step in” style and the “easy-on” harnesses. The flip-side to these types of dog harnesses is that they may not fit quite so snugly around the body of the dog and the dog may be able to back out of the harness.

III. Dog Harness Reviews

1. Ruffwear - Front Range All-Day Adventure Harness for Dogs | Best of Overall

The Ruffwear All-Day Adventure Harness for Dogs is an extremely high-quality dog harness that is available in 5 different sizes and a whole range of different colours. The harness is well made and it has four points at which you can adjust, so you can get it to fit your dog snugly. It has padded chest and belly panels, which disperse the weight evenly over the dog’s body, so there are no pinch-points and the harness has reflective trims to make it easier to keep an eye on your dog in low light conditions.

This is a great dog harness that will give you plenty of control, but still be comfortable for your dog to wear. The harness has both an aluminium V-ring attachment point for everyday use and it has reinforced webbing around the chest for extra control and training. There is also a very useful ID pocket in which you can keep dog tags.

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With all the various sizes that are available, there will be a Ruffwear - Front Range All-Day Adventure Harness for Dogs that is suitable for most sizes of dogs.

Overall, we like the Ruffwear dog harness. It’s well designed and it looks like it will last too, so we are giving the Ruffwear - Front Range All-Day Adventure Harness for Dogs our vote for the Best dog harness

Things We Liked

  • Great choice of colours and sizes
  • Well made
  • Comfortable for a dog to wear
  • Adjustable for a snug fit
  • Provides good control

Things We Disliked

  • Some of the buckles are plastic – metal would have been better
  • Chest panel is quite wide – make sure you buy the right size for your dog

2. Chai’s Choice Best Front Range Dog Harness

The Chai’s Choice Best Front Range Dog Harness is a nice looking front-range style dog harness that comes in a choice of four colours and five different sizes. The outside of the dog harness is made from a tough Oxford material that looks like it would last well. As all the good dog harnesses should do, this model will reduce the risk if neck and spinal injuries that a dog collar can cause, especially if your dog is prone to pulling at the leash.

Chai's Choice "Truelove" Front Range Dog Harness Vest is designed for small to medium sized dogs. It fits comfortably and it can be easily adjusted. This dog harness also has a neat handle designed for securing the dog with a seatbelt in a car. For safety, the Truelove dog harness has strong nylon webbing and it has high-visibility reflective trim too. There are leash attachment points on both the chest and in the back of the dog harness.

This is a good quality no-pull dog harness that looks good and is well-made. The handle on the back of the harness could have been a little bit bigger, but other than that, we rate the Chai's Choice "Truelove" Front Range Dog Harness up there with the best no pull dog harnesses.

Things We Liked

  • Well-made, strong dog harness
  • Handle designed for securing a dog in a car with a car seat belt
  • Easy to adjust the fit
  • Comfortable for the dog to wear
  • Works well when the dog pulls on the leash
  • Fits snugly around the dog’s body

Things We Disliked

  • The handle could be a bit bigger
  • Plastic buckles
  • The padding could be a bit thicker

3. Expawlorer Big Dog Soft Reflective No Pull Harness

The Big Dog Soft Reflective No Pull Harness from Expawlorer is, as the name suggests, is designed for large dogs and it comes in three sizes, medium, large and extra-large. The smallest of these sizes will fit a dog with a chest size of 20-26" and the largest size will fit a dog with a chest size of 36-46".

The Expawlorer no pull dog harness is well made and sturdy. It doesn’t have a front chest panel, like some dog harnesses do, but it still looks comfortable for a dog to wear. The harness has a good sized handle on the back and strong metal D ring for attaching a leash. The main back panel of the harness is padded and it has a reflective strip for visibility in poor light.

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The dog harness is very easy to put on. You just slip it over the dog’s head and snap close a buckle. It’s sturdy and all the materials used in the production appear to be good quality. If a dog does pull on the leash with this dog harness, you will still have control and it’s a lot easier to pull back on than a dog collar would be.

Things We Liked

  • Easy to put on
  • Strong, metal D link attachment
  • Good sized handle on the back
  • Made of strong material
  • Reflective strap
  • Great no pull dog harness for big dogs

Things We Disliked

  • Quite heavy
  • The girth strap might be uncomfortable if you tighten it too much
  • Not suitable for small dogs
  • A determined dog may be able back out of this harness

4. My Pets America No-Choke Dog Harness

The My Pets America No-Choke Dog Harness is a dog harness that has been designed to eliminate the risk of injury to a dog that a regular dog collar can cause. The harness is available in four sizes that range from small, which will fit a dog with a chest size of 17.7 to 22 inches and a neck size of 15. 8 to 19 inches, up to extra-large, which will fit a dog with a chest size of 28.3 to 36.2 inches and a neck size 23.6 to 29 inches.

The harness is made out of tough, durable materials and it is padded on the inside for comfort. It has a handle on the back, which doubles as a seat belt loop for when the dog travelling in a car. The My Pets America No-Choke Dog Harness does have reflective stitching on it, but the stitching is quite small, so if visibility at night is a big thing.

On the other hand, if you want a dog harness that will be tough and durable and that will help you keep a small or a large dog under control; the My Pets America No-Choke Dog Harness will definitely be one to add to your shortlist of best dog harnesses.

Things We Liked

  • Strong and durable
  • Easy to put on and take off its well around the chest and the neck
  • Strong buckles and straps
  • Distributes the pulling force evenly
  • Great customer service and a money-back guarantee

Things We Disliked

  • The leash that comes with the harness is not very good quality
  • Reflective stitching might not be very effective
  • The straps are a bit thin
  • Needs to be fitted properly or it could slip

5. Rabbitgoo Front Range Dog Harness

The Rabbitgoo Front Range Dog Harness is one of the Best Pet Harness on the market today, so you know straight away that this is going to be one of the best no pull dog harnesses on the market. The Rabbitgoo Dog Harness comes in four sizes and it is available in three different colours. It has a well-sized chest panel, so it won’t dig in when the dog pulls, and the inside of the harness is well padded to make it more comfortable for a dog to wear.

As for safety, we thought that the Rabbitgoo Front Range Dog Harness was probably one of the good dog harnesses that we have seen in our dog harness reviews. The padding on the straps, the positioning of the chest panel, and the overall quality of the product, all add up to a dog harness that won’t put undue pressure on a dog’s neck and chest.

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There is a good sized, strong handle on the back of the harness, and it has front and back leash attachment points. This looks like a well-designed, good quality, no pull dog harness to us!

Things We Liked

  • Easy to put on
  • Stays nice and secure
  • Adjusting the harness was easy
  • Tough and durable
  • Good quality product
  • Fits comfortably

Things We Disliked

  • May not fit very small dogs very well
  • The harness is a bit bulky

6. Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Walking Harness

The next in our reviews of dog harnesses is the Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Walking Harness. This is a dog walking harness that has five adjustment points, so you can get it to fit your dog perfectly. It has D rings on the chest panel and on the back for attaching a leash, and it is designed to reduce stress on the dog’s trachea and sternum. The Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Walking Harness is available in four sizes.

This dog harness is a very good no-pull dog harness. While no harness will magically stop a dog pulling on the leash, the design of the Kurgo Tru-Fit will certainly help discourage pulling and it will make it easy to control a dog. The product looks strong and sturdy, but the D rings and buckles are plastic, so they may not be as strong as metal ones would be. It is easy to adjust the harness to fit a dog, and putting it on and taking it off was no problem at all. Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Walking Harness is a good, general purpose, Dog Walking Harness.

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Things We Liked

  • Good sizes – would fit dogs with broad chests
  • Front clip discourages pulling
  • Easy to put on
  • Well made
  • Comfortable fit
  • Quick release buckles

Things We Disliked

  • A bit heavy and clunky looking
  • Needs more padding
  • Plastic buckles and D rings
  • The straps are a bit narrow

7. Urpower Dog Leash and Harness

The Urpower Dog Leash and Harness is a very simple, but effective dog harness that is made out of hard-wearing and stylish looking denim on the outside and tough and durable red nylon on the inside. The harness doesn’t have broad panels, it only has straps, but the way that the straps are positioned means that this is still an effective no pull dog harness.

The Urpower Dog Leash and Harness is available in three sizes. The small size will fit dogs with a chest girth of 12.9"-16.8", the medium size will fit dogs with a chest girth of 14.5"-18.5", and the large size is designed for dogs with a chest girth of 17"-27.5".

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The Urpower Dog Harness comes with its’s own good quality, matching leash and all the D rings and clasps are metal, which we like. The straps are certainly strong, but they are not hard, so they won’t rub on a dog’s skin and make it sore. It’s a nice and simple dog harness that looks great, so if you want to walk your dog in style and have full control, this could well be the best no pull dog harness for you.

Things We Liked

  • Very smart looking
  • Made of heavy duty materials
  • Metal D rings and fastenings
  • Excellent quality
  • Good quality leash
  • Fits securely

Things We Disliked

  • The leash is quite narrow, so it could be chewed through
  • There is no front leash attachment with this product
  • May not be robust enough for very strong dogs
  • Metal leash clasp could be a bit stronger

8. PetSafe Easy Walk Harness

The PetSafe Easy Walk Harness is a dog harness that has been designed specifically to stop a dog pulling. This no pull dog harness is relatively simple in design and it consists of chest straps and belly straps with a D ring for leash attachment at the front of the harness.

The PetSafe Easy Walk Harness may not look as comfortable as some of the other harness in our dog harness reviews, but if it is fitted properly, the pressure of dog pulling against the leash will be directed evenly across the body and the positioning of the straps is designed to minimise the risk of injury. The front location of the leash attachment does discourage pulling, because it pulls the dog to the side and focusses its attention on you.

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The PetSafe Easy Walk Harness is available in a full range of sizes, all the way from petite up to extra-large. It is also available in a range of different colours. The harness is well-made and strong, and the buckles are made of metal. Overall, as a no pull dog harness, the PetSafe Easy Walk Harness works very well. However, it’s not the best looking dog harness in our dog harness reviews, so if style is what you are looking for, you might want to take a look at some of the other models of dog harnesses that we have reviewed.

Things We Liked

  • PetSafe is a well-known brand
  • Simple design
  • Easy to take off and put on (but don’t undo all the buckles at once!)
  • Discourages pulling very effectively
  • Good range of sizes
  • Adjustable to fit all breeds of dogs

Things We Disliked

  • Thin Straps
  • Straps loosen after a while
  • Some dog owners have reported that the harness caused chafing
  • Adjusting the harness to fit is a bit fiddly

9. Dexdog EZHarness Dog Harness

The Dexdog EZHarness is a dog harness that comes in a dazzling array of bright colours and is available in sizes small, medium, large and extra-large. It is a very simple dog harness that is not burdened with lots of buckles like some dog harnesses are. It is also designed to make it easy to take off and put on.

Dog harnesses like this one that consist of straps rather than panels are more comfortable for dogs to wear in hot weather, and that is one of the reasons that they are popular. They are also usually a lot easier to adjust and putting this harness on a dog is very easy indeed.

The Dexdog EZHarness Dog Harness is not a no-pull dog harness, the leash attachment is only at the back, but it is a very nice looking, easy to use to dog harness that will not have the same choking effect on a dog that a dog collar would have.

If you are looking for a straightforward dog harness and pulling is not a big issue with your dog, you won’t go far wrong with the Dexdog EZHarness Dog Harness. It also has a 365-day money-back guarantee.

Things We Liked

  • Funky colours!
  • Easy to put on and take off
  • Very easy to adjust
  • Padding on the back of the straps
  • Reflective for night time walking
  • Lightweight

Things We Disliked

  • This is not a no-pull dog harness
  • Straps are quite small
  • Probably not suitable for large, strong dogs
  • The leash attachment ring could be stronger

10. Unho Dog Body Harness

The final harness in our dog harness reviews is the Unho Dog Body Harness, which is a padded dog harness that comes in sizes extra-small, small, medium, large and extra-large. This product only comes in the one colour, which is black, but it is a very smart looking dog harness nonetheless.

The materials used in the manufacture of the Unho Dog Body Harness are high quality, you can tell that as soon as you look at it, and it really does look like this dog harness has been made to last. Slipping the dog harness on and off is very easy and any adjustment that may be needed is made with one strap.

This is another harness that isn’t strictly speaking a no-pull harness, because the leash attachment ring is at the back, but all harnesses do help to discourage pulling on the leash to some extent. The Unho Dog Body Harness looked like one of the most comfortable to wear dog harnesses that we reviewed. It is nicely padded and it stretches with the dog’s movements too. The Unho Dog Body Harness is a good quality, uncomplicated dog harness, and it’ so easy to use!

Things We Liked

  • Very easy to use
  • Strong and well-made
  • Well padded
  • The straps are a good size
  • Looks very smart
  • This dog harness would be great for large dogs

Things We Disliked

  • Can slide from side to side a bit if you don’t tighten it up properly
  • Dogs may be able to slip backwards out of the harness
  • Not suitable for very small dogs
  • Does not have a front leash attachment point

V. Pros and Cons of Using a Dog Harness

Of course, there are some downsides to dog harnesses as well, so here is a quick checklist of the pros and the cons of dog harnesses.

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Pros

Less risk of injury to the dog

Better control

Discourages pulling on the leash

Arguably, more humane

Cons

More expensive

Take more time to put on

Some dogs simply don’t like wearing them

Probably won’t last as long as a dog collar

See the tip to Choosing the Right Harness for Your Dog

VI. Tips When Using a Dog Harness

​Using a no-pull dog harness is an effective and humane way to teach a dog not pull on the leash and it can make walking your dog far more enjoyable. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of a no-pull dog harness.

​Read the instructions

Dog harnesses vary considerably so, even if you have used a dog harness before, read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to put the harness on and how to adjust it. Some dog harnesses also come with useful training guides and they can be very helpful too.

​Make sure your dog is comfortable with the harness

Introduce your dog to the harness and make it seem like a fun game. It can also be useful to let your dog wear the harness around the home for a while so that it gets used to the feel of it before you take your dog out for a walk.

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Make sure the harness is adjusted properly

The best dog harnesses should fit your dog snugly, but not be too tight. If it’s too tight, it could restrict your dog’s breathing and it could cause chafing. If it’s too loose, it could slip off or it might slip around the dog’s body and then the leash may drag along the ground and get caught up around the dog’s legs. If the harness is adjusted correctly, you will be able to fit two fingers under it.

How to train a dog not to pull with a dog harness

The best no-pull dog harnesses have a leash attachment at the front of the harness, on the dog’s chest, so that when the dog pulls, it will be drawn sideways towards the person walking it. When the dog does pull, you should stop walking and wait for the dog to come back towards you. When it does, you should then make a fuss of the dog and reward it in some way.

VII. Conclusion

We hope that you found out best dog harnesses review helpful. Dog harnesses do have some distinct advantages over dog collars, both in terms of training and in terms of safety. The only real drawback with them is that might take longer put on and take off than a dog collar would.

If you did like this dog harness buyer’s guide, please do share it with your friends, and don’t forget to take a look around our site, where you find lots more pet product reviews and helpful articles.

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