Harnesses are great because they prevent choking in dogs who like to pull on the leash. They can also offer more control over large dogs who tend to forget their size. The only problem is that there are so many harnesses to choose from. How do you know what's best? This will vary depending on the breed and the personality of the individual dog, but below is a list of some of Modern Dog's favourites.
Before we get started, here are our criteria for a good harness:
Safety: Our number one priority is pet safety. A good harness will take this into account and not choke, scratch, or injure your dog in any way.
Quality and Durability: Dogs, especially larger breeds, need strong, long-lasting products that can withstand everyday wear and tear.
Comfort: There can be no argument here, your pup must be comfortable. Just like you wouldn't wear uncomfortable clothing, your dog doesn't want to wear an itchy, painful, or irritating harness.
Cost: Usually a cheap product is also made with cheap materials, but we also don't want to spend more on our pets than we do on ourselves. A harness should be good quality, but also cost-effective.
Style: All the other criteria are necessary, but we also want to make sure our doggies are stylish too! For us to love a harness it has to not only feel good, but look good.
Our Top Pick for Best Dog Harness: Dogline's Unimax Multi-Purpose Harness
This harness features a handle on the back, allowing for better control without injuring your pup.The breathable, fast-drying material is also super important because a wet harness can cause sores on your pup's skin.
This harness is a favorite for many reasons It comes with a removeable chest plate, reflective patches, and side utility bags, and is made from a breathable, fast drying material suitable for any Summer activity. It even comes with a customizable patch and is available in 8 different colours. Starting at just $36, this harness is extremely well made for the price.
Most Helpful Review:
"BEST service vest out there!!!!! BEST fit, BEST quality, easy to get on and off, front chest plate keeps vest secure and in place, comfortable for dog, and sizing is completely accurate. That center front removable chest plate is a must! Vests slide from side-to-side if vest doesn't have one. Highly recommend!" -BethAnn
The Runner Up Dog Harness: Rabbitgoo's No Pull Dog Harness
The design of this harness ensures pulling pressure is evenly distributed to the body, preventing choking or more serious injuries. The heavy padding also makes it very comfortable for your poch.
This harness comes in an array of colours and sizes, as well as adjustable straps for a custom fit. The heavy padding makes this harness super comfortable without irritating your dog's skin. The easy-on easy-off design is great for squirmy dogs, and starting at just $21 this harness is super affordable.
Most helpful review:
"This was absolutely PERFECT, I had to cinch the straps down almost all the way but it is nice knowing that I will not have to buy another one in another month when he outgrows it! That all being said when I put it on him I could not believe the difference! I couldn't believe it was the same dog! We went on a 3 mile walk and it was pleasurable! We met other dogs all along the walk as well as kids and there was minor pulling initially but once he felt the tension he stopped. I was sold immediately!!! I wish that I would have brought this thing a few months ago! I do not have any negative things to say about it whatsoever and would gladly buy this product again! When this one wears out I will purchase another, it is worth its weight in gold! I did not realize something so cheap would make life so much easier when it came to walking the dog! We have been working on walking with a loose leash for over a month and this has made all the difference in the world in his training. If you have a dog that loves to pull, then this is what you need!" -Michael P.
The Best Large Dog Harness: Soft Leash Padded No Pull Dog Harness from PetLove
The chest band makes this harness perfect for bigger breeds with broader chests, such as Great Danes, Boxers, and Weimaraners. It's made with large dogs in mind so it's super durable and lasts a long time.
Modern Dog's favourite large dog harness comes from PetLove. This Soft Leash Padded No Pull Dog Harness has sponge padding in both the chest and belly. It features a mesh material for breathability and reflective stitching for safety. It's made of a scratch resistant material that is super durable for larger breeds. Available in 5 colours with prices starting at $17.
Most helpful review:
"The product came on time. The harness is really good good quality material and sturdy . It's well padded so your dog will be comfortable and the stitching will withstand the pull of a large dog . Worth the money." -Daniel
The Best Small Dog Harness: Best Pet Supplies' All Weather No Pull Step-In Mesh Harness
The step-in design makes this harness easy to put on and take off of small, squirmy pups. A lot of harnesses leave a gap in the chest area of small dogs, but this one fits snuggly and comfortably.
This is a super easy harness for small dogs, especially since they're harder to get ahold of! With 16 different colours to choose from, you're sure to find something that suits your doggie's style. It's made with an easy step-in design, breathable fabric, and has three different safety features: velcro, a clip, and double D-rings. For $17 all this can be yours!
Most helpful review:
"I love this dog harness! It is so easy for me to put on my stubborn dog. It fits her body well and there is no strain on her body whatsoever when we take our walks in the park (and she wants to go one way while I want to go another). She even falls asleep with the harness on. That's how comfortable it is. This is the only harness I will ever buy for her. I have bought these harnesses in pink and red." -legaltechie
Best No Pull Dog Harness: 2 Hounds Design Freedom No Pull Dog Harness
The velvet lining prevents rubbing, chaffing, and sores, while still allowing you full control with both a front and back clip. This harness is designed to reduce strain on you and your dog, while easily encouraging movement (and directions on where to go).
No pull harnesses are very popular, but 2 Hounds Design offers a really simple and easy to use product. Designed to eliminate neck strain, this no pull dog harness has a dual connection feature so you can choose to clip the leash to the front or back. The front clip discourages pulling while the back clip encourages exercise. With a soft Swiss velvet lining, the starting price of $30 is well worth it.
Most helpful review:
"This harness/leash set is "The Bomb"!! I have two 8 month old border collie/german shepherd mix pups that are around 50 lbs each right now. What a time I had before my pet trainer recommended these products! Unlike other harnesses these stay put!! No more wiggling out of them. I have much more control since they have the front clasp. This product makes walking so much easier and now I don't have to worry about them getting out of them and taking off on me. If you're looking for a product that is solid, well made and does what it says it does then buy this!! Thanks!!" -Vicki MacEachern
The Best Dog Harness for Nighttime Walks: Noxgear Lighthound Reflective Dog Harness
Neon lights! No more worrying during evening walks, this light-up dog harness has 8 different colours you can choose from while you walk. The harness is also comfortable, easy to put on your dog and great for everyday use as well.
This harness is about as stylish as they come. Plus, who wouldn't want to be decked out in neon lights? While it costs a bit more (starting at $78), it's well worth the cost to keep your pup safe in the dark.
Most helpful review:
"I use this in all weather for on and off leash walks/ hikes/ bike rides at night, and for night bathroom breaks in the case my dog gets out of the gate– at least drivers will see him! I've been complimented on it by commercial drivers because they could see us so well, and by other dog owners. 2 years strong, no issues." -Anonymous
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The Heartwarming Story Behind Woof Concept Products
We’ve all been through the struggle of trying to find the right accessories for our dogs. You don’t want a collar that will easily break, but you also don’t want to pay a ton of money for a higher quality piece. Thankfully, good-quality options at lower prices are slowly becoming more widespread. We had the pleasure of chatting with Andy Song, the founder of one of these up and coming companies, to find out the inspiration behind his unique pieces.
What passions, life events, or furry friends inspired you to start Woof Concept Products?
“It all started when we went to one of our friend’s house for dinner. We noticed they were fostering a Maltese named Lori but strangely, Lori had a very different barking sound than most dogs and this is what caught our attention. Lori had her vocal cords removed when she was at the puppy mill. This is when we learned about the international animal rescue organization and after hearing Lori’s heart-aching story, we decided to put our names forward to adopt a dog. A few months later, we received a phone call from the animal rescue group and they matched us with a French Bulldog named Pedro. With life-threatening injuries, he was on his way to a kill-shelter for temporary aid. Thankfully, the animal rescue group reached out to us and without any hesitation, we arranged Pedro to fly to Vancouver where he was given a second chance in life.
When Pedro landed in Vancouver, the first thing was to get his daily essentials such as a bed, a collar, and a leash. But to our surprise, nothing caught our attention. It was just aisles of boring collars and leashes. When we finally found one that we semi-liked online, it was over $60. We were extremely frustrated with this and were thinking why isn’t there a good looking and durable collar in the market that wouldn’t cost us an arm and a leg? As our family have prior apparel manufacturing and design experience, we simply went to the drawing board and created our own. This collar soon caught a lot of dog walkers’ attention and this is how Woof Concept was started.”
What does your work offer to pet owners? What are your goals for this venture?
“Our mission is simple – We want to create a fun/stylish yet durable product that would not cost us an arm or leg. You don’t need to pay $60 for our collars (not even half of that).”
What makes this organization a good choice for pet owners? What benefits do they gain by engaging with your organization?
“By purchasing our products, each customer will indirectly become part of our movement to end animal cruelty. Part of the proceeds from every item sold is donated to local and international rescue organizations. We have helped and sponsored families across the country on their pet adoptions.”
What makes Woof Concept Products unique? How do they stand out in comparison to similar products?
“There are simply no shortcuts in creating a premium product. The webbing on our collars took us over a year to develop. We wanted to find a webbing that was soft enough on the hands but durable enough to withstand over 1000 pounds of pull pressure. Our manufacturing team has over a century of combined apparel manufacturing experience, therefore we offer a lifetime warranty on all our products.”
Not only are their products super durable, but Woof Concept Products is a company you can feel good about supporting. Find out more about their products here and share your Woof Concept pictures with us below or on social media!
*Sponsored by Woof Concept Products
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