It can be hard to decide which is best for your pet. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Collars are great for 24-7 wear. You can keep their identification tags on and quickly get a leash on if necessary. I highly recommend breakaway collars in case it gets caught on something or possible on another dog’s collar during play. This is in case it gets caught on something or even on another dog's collar during a play session. Some people like to take their dog’s collar off at home, but if there’s ever an escape it will make it that much harder to bring home. Identification microchips can be great to save a lot of heartache.
Collars can increase the risk of neck injuries if your dog pulls during a walk, especially for an excitable pup or a dog that pulls forward aggressively.
Harnesses spread pressure over a larger part of their body. This greatly reduces neck strain when they're pulling, especially on smaller dogs.
Harnesses provide more control with bigger dogs without necessarily needing more strength.
It's harder to escape from a harness especially if you've got a little magician living in your house.
Harnesses are also great for training and being polite. They help prevent jumping on people, pulling during walks and make getting tangled up in the leash less likely
Senior dogs (and cats) can benefit from a harness if they need help getting up from laying or sitting.
In general, harnesses are the better option and provide more comfort and control for both owner and dog.
If your dog is suffering from any neck, shoulder or back pain, please contact my office today and we will be happy to help.