What is best, harness or collar for dogs?

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There are some things that we must take into account when choosing harness or collar for our dogs. There are many variables with colors and shapes that can mare Arnos toward the right choice. We have to bear in mind which will be the least harmful to the hour of the ride.

In ExpertoAnimal we will analyze and answer the eternal question of which is better, harness or collar for dogs. We will evaluate benefits and disadvantages so that you can choose the most suitable for you and your dog.

The collar

Really the necklaces have better marketing and old, so that the people there is the option of the harness. But since a few years ago that has begun to talk about whether it is good enough for the animals or whether on the contrary, there are better alternatives.

There are many reasons why the necklaces are increasingly chosen by the owners, advised by their veterinarians and/or ethologists. The collar is located in the animal’s neck, a region that hosts a number of very important structures if they get hurt, cause pain and something more. Within the physical damage that we can find: contractures, pinching in the marrow, neurological conditions through the vessels and nerves, thyroid problems, changes in breathing, such as chronic cough as it passes the trachea in this area, etc.

These damages usually appear when the dog pulls a lot of belt or when we use tools of punishment, as the necklace of gillnets or semi-gillnets, totally discouraged and even banned in some countries.

In addition, the dog’s reagents that are released to attack other dogs, end up having a bad association of the trip, or the collar and is that the strain relief strap or short strap with a subsequent negative experience, will influence the behavior of our dog with a more aggressive, with nervousness or fear. Therefore, it is not surprising that they are reluctant to leave or the belt with her necklace, for it causes discomfort or pain.

On the contrary, the collar may be indicated for dogs who walk well, in this case may be considered an adornment or a good tool and not an element of torture as in the above cases. Also, for those who decide to anyway put a collar for your dog, you should know that there are some less harmful materials or quilts on the surface in contact with the animal that can help.

The harness

Harness for dogs is not the solution to all problems, but it is less harmful and more advantageous than the collar, as it prevents physical damage, such as we have mentioned above.

Yes, there are also considerations that must be borne in mind when choosing the correct one for our dog, to do this we must choose the one that does not cause physical damage: your material should be smooth, that does not cause wounds in areas of friction as underarm and chest, must be of breathable material and the eyebolt to the rear belt should be so that the force is distributed throughout the body and not centralized in the previous members.

We must know how to fit it correctly, never immediately behind the elbows so that it does not rub in the armpits, should not adversely affect the free movement of our canine, you must go on the chest or sternum and never on the neck.


In short, the harness is more appropriate for dogs no matter the size or age. They are very useful for animals fearful, aggressive or problem behavior. On the other hand we recommend it because it is the least aversions to the external environment will cause our dog and will give you comfort.

If you prefer necklace, we leave some recommendations for choosing it: that is, that the belt go loose on the promenade, without chains or spikes and more padding as possible.