Do You Need A No Pull Dog Harness, I Do (Stop Pulling George!)

Do you take your dog for a walk? Or does your dog take you for one?

A no pull dog harness could be the solution you've been searching for!

Taking your dog out for a walk is one of the pleasures of sharing life with man’s best friend, however, for many, it is not an enjoyable experience.

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It’s not just large dogs that pull either, small angelic breeds that look innocent can be just as strong-willed, so if you have a pooch who pulls you off your feet, you can come back from a walk feeling like your shoulder is dislocated having just been dragged around the local dog park.

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Why do dogs pull?

Many dog owners believe that when a dog forges ahead it shows a lack of respect and he is trying to be the leader of the pack, this is simply not true there are 3 reasons dogs pull.

Firstly, dogs walk a lot quicker than us, so they are only doing what comes naturally, secondly, they are a practical species, they continue doing something if it works and pulling gets them where they want to go quicker.

The third and most common reason is they have never been trained to walk on a loose leash. The good news is; certain equipment can help and a dog harness that stops pulling makes a walk in the park much less frustrating. 


Why you need a harness for dogs that pull

Being pulled off your feet every time you take your canine companion for a stroll is no fun, but it can also be dangerous.

There are a number of powerful dogs that would benefit from a no pull harness, these include:

A large powerful dog can easily drag someone into the path of a passing vehicle causing an accident and research has shown that constant pressure on the neck can cause serious issues for your pooch.

Why? Many people presume a dog’s neck is much stronger than a human, and while they do have bigger necks compared to their overall weight, they are very similar.

Both contain the jugular vein, trachea, spinal column and thyroid gland in the same places, that’s a lot of organs which could potentially be damaged by a tight collar and I know I wouldn’t fancy being jerked around by the neck for a couple of hours every day.

Health issues caused by pulling on the leash include:

  • Neck Injuries
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    Eye Problems
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    Respiratory problems
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    Hypothyroidism
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    Nerve problems in the forelegs 

This video gives some great tips on training a dog not to pull on a lead, but a non-pulling harness is the safest option.


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Rabbitgoo Adjustable Reflective Dog Harness

This comfortable mesh harness for dogs that pull by Rabbitgoo is easy to put on and take off. It has 2 leash attachments one on the back and one on the chest. Reflective straps ensure your dog’s safety while walking at night and there is also a strong handle that a seat belt can be pulled through when in a car.

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    Safety features
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    Soft padding for comfort
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    Great quality

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Adjustable Non-Pull Dog Harness Pet Vest

This stylish and comfortable is one of the best anti-pull dog harnesses available. It comes in a variety of colours in a range of sizes and has 2 points of attachments for a lead. Adjustable, it can also be used as a restraint when travelling in a car.

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    Soft edges to prevent rubbing
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    Reflective stitching for night visibility
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    Durable

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    Chest strap can be short on some breeds

Company of Animals Non-Pull Harness

Ideal for small to medium-sized dogs this dog harness stops pulling by using the “squeeze and lift” theory, a sliding security lock prevents the harness from becoming too tight and the patented mesh chest panels allow for unrestricted movement and comfort.

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    Adjustable
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    Lightweight

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    Awkward to put on
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    Long cord which attaches to lead flaps around when running off lead

Embark Active Dog Harness

Searches for “best no pull dog harness UK” will undoubtedly throw up this high-quality dog harness by Embark Pets. Strong, comfortable and offering a 100% satisfaction guarantee it is especially good for large and giant breeds like Rottweilers, Bullmastiffs and Newfoundlands.

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    Comfortable padding
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    100% satisfaction guaranteed
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    No-pull front lead attachment

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HALTI HARNESS BLACK/RED Large

Perfect for dogs of all sizes even puppies this harness stops a dog pulling with a front lead attachment. It comes with a fully comprehensive training guide and is ideal for those dog’s who don’t like to wear a head collar. For maximum control use with the Halti training lead

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    Padded for comfort
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    Comes with training manual

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    Strap around chest may rub against front legs
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    Buckle could be stronger

FIT INTO EVERYWAY Range Of Front Side No Pull Dog Harness

With over 550, 5* star reviews this is definitely one of the best no pull harness for small dogs as well as large breeds. This set comes with a comfortable sturdy harness plus matching lead. The reflective stitching keeps Fido safe at night and it comes in 3 colours.

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    2 leash attachments
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    Can be used in a car

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    Can be fiddly to adjust once on

NON-PULL DOG HARNESS - LIKE EASY WALK - ADJUSTABLE DOG HARNESS

Designed to stop dogs from pulling using a front lead attachment this adjustable harness by Chaos is easy to use and is manufactured in the UK using top quality fittings. It comes in a range of sizes and is fantastic value for money.

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    Made in the UK

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No-Choke No-Pull Front-Leading Dog Harness

Made with strong polypropylene webbing the manufacturers, Walk Your Dog With Love, claim this is the best front-leading harness for dogs that pull. It comes in a wide range of sizes for dogs from 3 -113kg and no less than 8 great colours.

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    Reflective
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    Dog walker recommended
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    Simple to use

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    Better for medium to large dogs

Dog Harness PYRUS Soft Reflective No Pull Dog Leash Padded Pet Walking Adjustable Harness for Dogs (22-27inch)

This non-pulling dog harness by Pyrus offers comfort, style and control for all breeds and the ergonomic design make it easy to put on and take off. Made with quality materials it is extremely durable and great value for money.

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    Lightweight

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Lifepul(TM) No Pull Dog Vest Harness

Made from durable nylon material with soft padding underneath, this no pull harness for dogs is not only comfortable to wear but prevents too much pressure on the neck. It comes in 4 sizes from small to XL and has a handy loop on the back for greater control.

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    Quick release buckle

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    Only one leash attachment

Mikki Training Anti-pull Harness with Reflective Collar

The Mikki Anti-Pull Harness will stop your dog pulling and is ideal for nervous dogs, short nose breeds, and those with delicate facial features. It comes complete with a reflective adjustable collar 'easy-fit' snap lock and can even be worn around the waist for hands-free walks.

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    Over 380, 5* reviews
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    Includes training guide
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    Value for money

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    Bit fiddly to put on
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    May rub forelegs

Choosing the Best No Pull Dog Harness

Type into Google “best non-pull dog harness UK” and you will be overwhelmed by the array of choices, so how do you know which to choose and which is most likely to work for your canine companion?

The back-clip harness

As the name would suggest this type of harness has a ring or hoop at the back, allowing you to have control over the dog without damaging the throat with a collar. It is usually the easiest type of harness for your dog to get used to but isn’t really for strong pullers or reactive dogs. My favourite was the Pyrus no pull harness for dogs which is great quality and value for money.

The front-clip harness

These give much greater control and are perfect for strong pullers or aggressive dogs. The front leash attachment allows the dog to be gently directed and even turned to face the owner if necessary.

A variation of this harness can come with a tightening design, which adds a little pressure when Fido pulls away and is useful if you are training a dog and need to correct often. Of the ones we reviewed, the no-pull front-leading dog harness by Walk Your Dog With Love was definitely one of the best. 


Conclusion

Having control of your dog is important for safety reasons along with making daily exercise more pleasurable for both dog and owner. Pulling tightens the collar which can result in neck injuries as well as other health issues for the pooch. The right equipment can help, and anti-pulling dog harnesses are great because of the comfort they afford the dog as well as the better control they give the owner.

John Devlin

Owner - Dogsbarn.com

 

Husband, father and avid dog lover. Currently the proud owner of George a pedigree Golden Retriever that barely leaves my side. However, cute this sounds a little break from the dog hairs every now and then would be nice!

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