Unless you have a dog who behaves perfectly on a leash, you’ll benefit from switching to a harness. I’ve yet to see a perfectly behaved dog. It’s a lot like having a super-strong toddler or an attitude-filled teenager.

You’re arms and back will thank you for taking the time to teach leash manners using a harness. They’re good for you, and they’re better for your dog than a traditional leash and collar.

They’re a good teaching tool for young pups learning leash manners. They’ll benefit an older dog who needs improvement on a leash. Harnesses, with the clip on the back, will prevent tangling or tripping up your dog. Though that’s usually harmless and funny, tangled leashes can cause injury.

When you’re walking on crowded streets, busy with traffic, the harness will offer improved control. This is especially true if your dog is a larger breed, pulls strongly, or is difficult to handle on a lead.

Smaller breeds, like the bulldogs, need a harness for health reasons. The harness will reduce strain on your pup’s neck and back. Bulldogs are prone to joint problems and arthritis, so taking care of your bulldogs’ joint health is vital throughout their lives.

There are different styles of harnesses available. The best type is one that is properly fitted and used regularly. The other details will depend on the reason you’re using a harness. The size of your dog and his/her personality will also be a factor.

Standard harnesses will distribute the pressure evenly across the chest and back. For larger, more enthusiastic dogs, a no-pull harness might be a better option. This style will tighten slightly under the front legs. It’s essential to check for signs of skin irritation – this style can pinch and rub if not sized right.

Measure around your pup’s rib cage at the broadest part and the neck before purchasing a harness. You can compare these measurements to the packaging, so you get the right size.

The first step to introduce a harness is to show the harness to the dog. Let your puppy smell it. You could even set a treat on the harness to encourage your dog. The next step is to lay the harness over your dog’s back. Treat time!

Once he’s accepted the harness, go ahead, and fasten it. Your dog may roll and rub the harness, trying to get it off. You can distract by a lively game of tug o’ war. Once your pup has settled down, remove the harness. You can continue to practice in the house with the harness over several days. Each day increases the amount of time the harness is worn.

A harness that’s too tight will hurt. Too loose, and your escape artist will slip out with ease. Be sure to remove the harness before crating and at night. They can pose a strangulation risk in the crates.

Bulldog Grade Harness No Pull Reflective harness gets our pick for bulldogs. It’s available in nine colors and four sizes. It has four adjustable straps so you can get the size perfect. This harness is made with extra durable oxford cloth/mesh and durable nylon straps for the power chewers!

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