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Shopping guide for best no-pull dog harnesses

Last Updated July 2019

If you’re sick of people saying, “It looks like that dog’s taking you for a walk,” it may be time to invest in a no-pull dog harness. The front leash attachment on a no-pull harness gently turns your dog’s body toward you when she attempts to pull, making it virtually impossible for her to pull on the leash in any significant way.

With a no-pull dog harness, you and your four-legged friend can enjoy more relaxed walks, and you will have far more control, keeping him safe from potential hazards. You’ll need to consider a range of factors when selecting a no-pull dog harness, including the design of the chest piece, the adjustability of the harness, and the positioning of the D-rings for attaching a leash.

This guide has everything you need to know when shopping for a no-pull dog harness, including our picks for the best products on the market, which you can find in the matrix above.

No-pull dog harnesses are a great tool on the journey to teaching your dog to walk on a loose leash.

Key considerations

Chest piece

No-pull dog harnesses tend to have either thick, well-padded chest pieces or thin straps that run across the chest. Padded chest pieces distribute pressure evenly and are less likely to chafe or rub. However, some chest pieces reach so high on the chest that they can pull on your dog’s neck like a collar would, which is what you are trying to avoid with a no-pull harness. Thin chest straps can cause chafing on some dogs, but the lower positioning means they don’t pull on the neck.

Size

You’ll need to choose a no-pull harness that fits your dog. A large proportion of no-pull harnesses are designed to fit bigger dogs since pulling is more of an issue when your canine companion is strong enough to tug you off your feet. But you can find some no-pull harnesses made for small dogs and puppies, too.

 

D-rings

No-pull dog harnesses have a D-ring positioned in the center of the chest for attaching a leash. Some no-pull harnesses feature a second D-ring that’s positioned on your dog’s back. That way you can choose between a front or back leash connection or use both with a double-ended leash for the utmost control.

EXPERT TIP

When you adjust your dog’s no-pull harness, it shouldn’t be too tight. You should be able to fit two fingers between your dog and the harness.


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Features

Padding

Choose a no-pull dog harness with plenty of padding or a soft inner lining. This will help prevent chafing and will generally be more comfortable for your canine companion.

Adjustability

Even though no-pull harnesses come in different sizes, they still require some degree of adjustability so you can fit the harness on your dog securely. If the harness is too tight, it could pinch, and if it’s too loose it could slip around. Check whether the harness you’re considering is easy to adjust. Ideally, you should be able to adjust the harness while it’s on your dog, as this makes the process much simpler.

Buckles

No-pull dog harnesses generally have quick-release buckles that snap together. These are easy to open and close, whereas belt-style buckles are more fiddly and can also be less secure.

Color

The majority of no-pull dog harnesses come in a handful of colors. While black harnesses are the most common, you can also find brighter options, such as neon orange or bubblegum pink. Some harnesses have reflective strips for safety at night.

Some no-pull dog harnesses include a leash (either double-ended or standard) as an added extra.

No-pull dog harness prices

You don’t need to spend a huge sum of money on a no-pull dog harness, but we do recommend sticking to the higher end of the price spectrum if you can afford to, especially if you have a large or strong dog.

You can find basic no-pull dog harnesses from $10 to $20. Although there are some decent choices at this price, the bulk of cheaper harnesses are flimsy or prone to chafing.

Mid-range no-pull dog harnesses cost $20 to $30. This includes sturdy, well-padded options suitable for dogs of all strengths and sizes.

If you want the best no-pull dog harnesses on the market, expect to pay $30 to $50. At this price point, you’ll find the most rugged and best designed harnesses.

Tips

  • Watch out for chafing when first using your no-pull dog harness. Some harnesses can rub or chafe, especially around the chest. Watch for areas of rubbed fur or broken skin after each use. If you notice any rubbing or chafing, stop using the harness right away and exchange it for a different model.
  • Consider buying a double-ended leash. A double-ended leash lets you attach one end to the front leash attachment and one end to the rear leash attachment (if your chosen harness has both). This gives you the anti-pulling action of the front attachment along with the additional control of the rear attachment.
  • Check how you put the no-pull harness on your dog. Some harnesses require your dog to step into them, while some need to go on over your dog’s head, which might not be ideal for a nervous pooch.
  • Think about what time of day you’ll be walking your dog. Consider buying a no-pull dog harness with reflective strips if you often go for walks when it’s dark outside.
EXPERT TIP

You can find no-pull dog harnesses that are also safe to use as car harnesses, but always check first. You should only attach the seat belt tether to the rear leash attachment point, never the front one.


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Other products we considered

If none of our five favorite no-pull dog harnesses are quite what you’re looking for, you might prefer one of these alternatives. The Didog Soft Flannel Padded Dog Harness is a simple and inexpensive choice, but it has the softest plush lining for comfort. With both front and rear leash attachments, it’s easy to control your four-legged friend. Despite the name, the Babyltrl Big Dog No-Pull Harness is available in four sizes, from small to extra-large, to fit smaller dogs as well as large ones. The front D-ring helps prevent pulling, while the rear D-ring and handle provide extra control. The RUFFWEAR Front Range Harness is an extremely durable choice in general, but the front leash attachment could wear over time. As such, it’s best for dogs who only pull occasionally or for people actively teaching their pooch to walk on a loose leash. The PoyPet No-Pull Dog Harness is a rugged harness at an affordable price. We love the thick, well-padded chest piece that helps to evenly distribute pressure when your dog pulls.

 

A quality no-pull dog harness shouldn’t interfere with your dog’s range of motion, so it should be safe and comfortable for your dog to keep on while off-leash.

FAQ

Q. Do no-pull harnesses cause dogs any discomfort?
A.
No-pull harnesses aren’t designed to cause pain or discomfort to stop dogs from pulling. Instead, the mechanics of the front leash attachment mean that if your dog attempts to pull against it, the leash with turn her body and she’ll circle back around to you. No-pull harnesses are completely painless, just a little frustrating for a dog who’s determined to pull. That said, you can find some harnesses that are designed to tighten as your dog pulls. These will be painful or uncomfortable for your four-legged friend, and they’re not effective at discouraging dogs from pulling. We do not encourage their use.

Q. Is a no-pull harness safer for my dog than a collar or a standard harness?
A.
A no-pull dog harness (or any harness, for that matter) is safer for a dog who pulls on the leash than a collar. If your dog pulls while wearing a collar, it will infringe on his breathing and is likely to damage the trachea over time. While a no-pull harness isn’t necessarily safer for your dog than a standard harness, your four-legged friend will be much easier to handle, which could be safer if he’s strong enough to pull free or pull you into the path of danger.

Q. How do I measure my canine companion for a no-pull dog harness?
A.
It’s always best to measure your dog to get the correct size rather than rely on weight- or breed-based size charts. The exact points to take measurements will depend on the harness and how it fits, but usually you’ll need to measure around your dog’s chest at several points. Check the manufacturer’s advice on where to measure your pooch.

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