- Best Dog Harnesses for 2019: Summary Table
- Top 10 Best Dog Harnesses 2019
- 1. 🏆 Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness
- 2. Julius-K9 162P0 PowerHarness
- 3. Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness
- 4. fiE Range Of Front Side Harness
- 5. Company of Animals Non-Pull Dog Harness
- 6. Embark Pets Adventure Dog Harness
- 7. UNHO No Pull Harness
- 8. TrueLove Dog Harness
- 9. SlowTon Harness Seatbelt Set
- 10. LIFEPUL No Pull Harness
- Dog Collar Vs. Dog Harnesses
- Considering Collars
- Enter The Dog Harness
- Breed Specific Harnesses
Looking for the best dog harness in 2019? Welcome to Collar and Harness Magazine’s list of currently trending Dog Harnesses.
This collection was taken from the UK list – but the majority are popular worldwide.
Not all harnesses are made equal, and some are better suited to certain breeds than others. Check out our quick guide hints and tips on this at the bottom of this article.
Also, note that these harnesses will come in various sizes depending on the breed. Large dogs, puppies and small breeds are all included. For help measuring your pup check out our complete guide.
For independent reviews of all of these products and more don’t forget to check out our Harness section. Also, if you’re looking for the ideal harness for your breed – don’t miss our collections page.
Best Dog Harnesses for 2019: Summary Table
We compiled the top ten bestsellers online for this collection including review summaries. Full coverage below this table.
|Position||Harness||Online Rating||Available Online|
|1||🏆 Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|2||Julius-K9 162P0 PowerHarness||Buy on Amazon|
|3||Rabbitgoo No Pull Pet Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|4||fiE Range Of Front Side Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|5||Company of Animals Non-Pull Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|6||Embark Pets Adventure Dog Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|7||UNHO No Pull Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|8||TrueLove Dog Harness||Buy on Amazon|
|9||SlowTon Harness Seatbelt Set||Buy on Amazon|
|10||LIFEPUL No Pull Harness||Buy on Amazon|
Top 10 Best Dog Harnesses 2019
1. 🏆 Ruffwear All Day Adventure Dog Harness
|Ruffwear 30501-025M Front Range, Everyday No Pull Dog Harness with Front Clip, Trail Running,...||340 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
The king of harnesses and one we use often on our Great Danes and Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This is a truly exceptional make of harness, often rated the best dog harness and ideal if you have a pup with a tendency to pull on their lead.
Although the pricing of the Ruffwear may be off-putting for some (check out some of the more affordable harnesses below) – it’s filled with features to help walk, train and control your pet in the best way possible.
As the name suggests this is a harness with back and front clips. An aluminium V-ring hoop at the back (top) of the harness to clip a lead on for everyday walking.
Then there’s an additional reinforced webbing loop at the front (chest). Why the additional hoop? If you have a dog which pulls or requires better control or training – especially in public – you can use a double ended (multipoint) pet leash. A number of these are available such as the Halti training lead.
Simply attach the lead as normal to the top, then attach the second point to the front which allows you to guide your dog without discomfort. This is an important point as some non-pull harnesses have a tendency to pinch the pet’s skin when they pull, which can increase the pulling behaviour as a way of avoiding the discomfort.
There are two side release buckles on the harness as well as four adjustment straps. Adjusting is simple resulting in a good snug fit without too much slack for potential escapers. The inside chest and belly area is padded for additional comfort.
Putting on and taking off a Ruffware is easy and there are a few different options. From our experience, we prefer to place the harness neck over the head then clip behind the front legs.
As with all clipped harnesses be careful not to pinch the dog’s skin or fur. We remove by unclipping it then carefully pulling it back over the dogs head so it inverses.
The material is made from sturdy and lightweight nylon. The woven straps are robust and adapted from mountaineering technology for extra strong hold.
In addition to the no-pull features, the harness is packed with little extras. Reflective trims are lined along the outside of the harness for better visibility when out walking your dog in darker conditions. There is also a holder for placing a dogs ID tag.
The Ruffwear comes in six colours including Twilight Grey, Meadow Green and Orange Poppy. There are five sizes. XXS is suited to chihuahuas, dachshunds and similar small sized breeds.
Overall this is a very popular harness. Often ranked the best dog harness UK, USA and worldwide on many online lists (including several of ours) this is a well designed, beautifully evolved and highly useful harness for your walking adventures.
2. Julius-K9 162P0 PowerHarness
|Julius-K9 162P0 K9 PowerHarness for Dogs, Size 0, Black||2,178 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
Julius-K9 is one of the best-known harness brands for popularity and great for dogs that pull in the UK and abroad. Often associated with medium to large breeds, they are distinctly black and extremely durable.
This assumption that they are aimed at large breeds is not altogether true, when researching for a recent Cockapoo Harness article we found they come in various sizes. ‘Size 0’, for example, is recommended for small breeds and there are also puppy sizes available.
We’ve had this harness tested before on a Newfoundland. Our friend who we often share doggy travels with had previously tried all sorts of harnesses as the Newfoundland grew with mixed success. Since finding the Julius-K9, she has not had to switch since.
Julius-K9 make very sturdy and attractive harnesses. This one attaches the lead using a metal hoop on top. There is also a large, adjustable handle for controlling your dog and holding them in place. This can also be used for lifting your dog when required such as when hiking or when mobility is problematic.
The strap on the bottom has a heavy-duty buckle and the chest-strap has an adjustable hook and loop fastening. The reflective stripe on the chest strap provides visibility in the dark. The K9 PowerHarness is breathable and can be fitted and removed easily.
The major downside if the PowerHarness is the lack of a chest ring. These rings are very useful for larger breeds which pull as a double ended lead can be attached to both front and back for more control. If this is more important – then the slightly more costly yet more advanced RuffWear may be worth considering.
3. Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness
|Rabbitgoo No Pull Dog Harness Small, Front Clip Pet Vest Harness with Handle Adjustable Padded...||891 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
Another popular harness brand with a quality of design that is both good and robust. Rabbitgoo not only looks great but is also made from high-quality material. Mesh lining is used on the Rabbitgoo harness with soft padding underneath for comfort. The material is constructed from breathable nylon.
On the side are two adjustable points. The first, a neck strap, and the front second strap. Although good, we have found these to be a tad rigid in the past.
It is easy to put on and off the harness using the plastic quick release buckle.
The harness includes reflective high visibility stripes to help see your pet when out walking at night. Like Julius, it also comes with a handle at the top for better control.
This is another example of a dual clip harness. There are two sturdy metal D-rings, one at the back of the harness and one at the front. The back is for normal walking – just attach a lead and away you go. The second is located at the front (chest) of the harness and is designed to act as a no-pull harness.
To achieve this you would need a double ended dog leash such as a HALTI, where clips are at either end. Simply clip the first end to the front and the other end to the back. This is designed not only to reduce pulling behaviour but to allow better control and aid with general training of your dog.
4. fiE Range Of Front Side Harness
|fiE FIT INTO EVERYWAY Range Of Front Side No Pull Dog Harness Outdoor Adventure 3M Reflective Pet...||949 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
People have a lot of love for this harness and it’s easy to see why. Not only is it crammed with features it also looks great too.
It comes with two lead attachments for use with a double-ended lead (like a HALTI lead). The first is a plastic D-ring on dog’s back and webbing with O-ring on the dog’s chest. The top D-ring can be attached to the lead for normal walking.
You additionally attach the second lead clip to the front thus giving you greater control of your dog. It also helps to reduce the pulling if the dog decides to tug whilst out walking.
The outer layer is made of a durable, scratch-resistant oxford material while the inner mesh is softly padded, comfortable and lightweight. The harness also includes 3M reflective material for high visibility in dark conditions. In addition to the five sizes mentioned the harness comes in three colour options; Bold Black, Citrus Orange and Lime Green.
Reviews for the fiE harness are positive although, as with many harnesses, please check the sizings before buying.
5. Company of Animals Non-Pull Dog Harness
On the plus side – they are very affordable, probably one of the most reasonably priced no-pull harnesses out there. They come in three sizes; small, medium and large sizes.
They are designed using elastic webbing and mesh that covers the chest of the dog as well as passed Sherpa sleeves. This is supposed to be designed for comfort.
This is the major issue with this no-pull dog harness – these types of harnesses need to a) be comfortable b) ease the handling for the dog owner. When you get a dog which pulls, they can pull hard.
The Company of Animals Non-Pull Harness uses the ‘squeeze and lift’ theory that tightens on the dog when they pull on the lead. According to the company, this will ultimately deter the dog from pulling and will return them to normal controlled walking.
Apart from causing discomfort to your dog, we’ve never seen a dog with this harness that didn’t pull.
This sort of technique tends to have the opposite effect. Often the dog is trying to get away from the uncomfortable or even painful feeling, thus pulling harder. We couldn’t bring ourselves to test it out on our dogs beyond the fitting phase.
As a harness for well-behaved dogs, this could be a great and affordable option for owners. But as a harness specifically designed for non-pull, the “pinching” effect makes it flawed.
It’s worth noting that Company of Animals does create some exceptionally good dog accessories. This includes the excellent HALTI range. This particular dog harness is just flawed if you have a real puller on your hands.
6. Embark Pets Adventure Dog Harness
|Embark Pets Adventure Dog Harness, Easy On and Off with Front and Back Lead Attachments & Control...||537 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
This is a ‘best of both worlds’ type dog harness in that it not only has front and back leash attachment points but also a handle at the top. The material is made of no-rip nylon and anti-chafe padding. It also includes a reflective trim for seeing your dog in low visibility.
7. UNHO No Pull Harness
|UNHO No Pull Harness Dog Lead Padded Pet Walking Harness Dog Body Vest Comfort Control for Pretty...||163 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
The UNHO dog harness is an inexpensive but limited no pull harness. It includes a handle at the back to help guide and lift your dog, it does, however, lack an attachment at the front which limits its effectiveness as a no-pull harness.
8. TrueLove Dog Harness
|TrueLove Dog Harness TLH5651 No-pull Reflective Stitching Ensure Night Visibility, Outdoor Adventure...||271 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
A thinner cut than many of its alternatives, but a robust and well made no-pull harness. The TrueLove has two attachment points for dual ended leads and a handle at the top for improved control. This harness comes in various sizes and eleven different colours.
9. SlowTon Harness Seatbelt Set
|SlowTon Dog Car Harness Seatbelt Set, Pet Vest Harness with Safety Seat Belt for Trip and Daily Use...||965 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
Not technically a walking harness, more a combined set for securing your dog whilst in the car. This comfortable harness includes two steel hoops at the back which, when attached to a seatbelt strap can be used to secure your dog into the back seat.
10. LIFEPUL No Pull Harness
|LIFEPUL No Pull Dog Vest Harness - Dog Body Padded Vest - Comfort Control for Large Dogs in Training...||800 Reviews||Buy on Amazon|
Possibly not the greatest looking of harnesses – but it’s certainly good value for money. This harness is fairly basic and does not include a front hoop for double-ended leads – however, it does include a handle for better control of your dog.
Dog Collar Vs. Dog Harnesses
Collars are a standard staple of most dogs. Although often worn throughout the day (you may want to remove them at night) and have two main uses. The first is for the wearing of ID tags which, in addition to being very sensible, are a legal requirement in various countries.
If you have a well-trained dog who is not requiring much training – attaching a lead (or leash) to the collar and going out walking is usually fine. Unfortunately, the trouble comes when you have a dog that pulls, a dog that needs greater control or indeed a dog you are currently training.
Enter The Dog Harness
An excellent dog harness is one that fits well, doesn’t cause issues and works for your breed of dog. For example, we have a great Dane. She’s strong, excitable and has a tendency to pull when on her lead.
In this instance, we tend to use a Ruffwear Front Range.
This is an example of a front clip dog harness and is often ranked the number harness for pooches that pull. This means it had a lead attachment not only at the back but also at the front.
The back attachment is used for general walking, but the front clip is used when she’s pulling or we’re training her. For the no-pull harness to work, we require the use of a special double-ended lead like a HALTI training lead that clips on both attachments.
Other points to consider when choosing the most suited harness for your dog is padding, the shape of the dog, high visibility needs as well as the overall design. For example, some harnesses that state they are no-pull may put pressure on the dog which can hurt. This can often result in an increase in pulling behaviour instead of the desired reduction.
We’ve written another sizeable article on the proper way to measure and fit your dog for a harness. A quick summary is below.
- Chest Measurement: Measure around the widest point of your dog’s chest. Take a tape measure and then find the widest part. As a guide, this is usually a couple of inches, or the width of four fingers, behind the dog’s front legs.
- Add Two Inches: Dogs grow in size and weight so it’s recommended to add a few inches to the harness for growth. However not enough for them to be able to escape from. Often referred to as the “two fingers” approach to measuring. Also, remember you can always tighten the buckles a little for that perfect fit.
- Measure the dog’s neck circumference: Not all harnesses need this as the head does not go through them. However, it becomes a very important factor for some breeds of dog such as Greyhounds and Lurchers. Their necks and chest are slightly different from what is expected for general harnesses.
- Get your dog’s weight: You might have this from a previous vet visit. If not, you’re unlikely to get your dog to stand on your bathroom scales. So, how do you weigh your dog? Providing you’re strong enough, and it’s safe to do so, lift your dog up and then stand on the scales. Write down the weight, then stand alone on the scales. The difference is the exact weight of your dog.
Breed Specific Harnesses
Most breeds of dog do not have specific harnesses, however, some are better suited than others. Check out a few of our collections for some breeds to give you an idea. We’ll be adding more over time.
That’s it for our curated list of the best dog harnesses in 2019 based on trending online sales. Remember – these numbers are based on sales and popularity.
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