Harnesses vs. Collars

You and your dog are out on a calm walk, enjoying the beautiful sunny day. Wha bam! Your arm is millimeters from being ripped out of the socket and you are fairly certain your dog just gave you whiplash when he lunged after a squirrel. You’re feeling the force of the pull in your neck; can you imagine what your dog’s neck just experienced when his collar forcibly responded to his pull on the leash?

Collars should be used for nothing more than an accessory to hold the dog’s identification or add to his fashion sense. When choosing a lead for your dog you should take into consideration the effect it will have on your dog physically. Collars can cause severe cervical (neck) trauma to your dog if they pull too hard just once or even moderately on a regular basis. Over time, cervical trauma can affect the overall health and comfort of your dog. Just like people, the health of your dog’s nervous system has a direct connect with their overall health. When they have subluxations that interfere with the optimal function of the nervous system they can have weakened immune systems, musculoskeletal complications and neurologic side effects.

So what kind of harness should you get? Good question! There are many varieties of harness to fit the individual needs of the dog and owner. Your best bet is to consult a dog trainer or pet store worker with experience in fitting dogs with the appropriate harness. If your dog has shoulder issues, be sure to tell the consultant so they can help you choose a harness that will minimize stress to the shoulder girdle. Harnesses are also a good option for dogs that can be difficult to walk with. The harness gives the dog a better sense of security and the owner more control over the dog. The owner doesn’t need to be choking the dog to control him.

Next time you and your dog are out for a walk; watch their neck and how it moves when they pull you after the squirrel or to stiff a tree. Put yourself in their paws…would you want a collar around your neck?QE8A2898.MAX