Best dog harnesses UK: our favourites
Astrid the wired dachshund wearing a dog harness with tiny UK flag on

Best dog harnesses UK: our favourites

5 May 2023

If you are a dog parent living in the United Kingdom, you know that there are many different types of dog harnesses to choose from. With so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which one is right for your pup. In this guide, we will discuss the pups and downs of the most popular dog harnesses on the market today. We will also provide tips on how to choose the right harness for your dog's needs. Let the BorrowMyDoggy team help you make walking your dog a walk in the park!

Overview of this article:

What is a dog harness

Benefits of a harness

How to choose the perfect harness

Our favourite dog harnesses

What is a dog harness

A dog harness is a device that goes over the front of your dog's body and is used to train, control, or minimise unwanted movement. Harnesses are often used instead of a collar because they can cause less pulling on the neck than a lead and collar, and can provide more control. However, some harnesses can encourage dogs to pull more, so be sure to choose the right option for you and your dog.

There are many different types of harnesses on the market. Some are made for use with small dogs while others are meant for larger breeds. Some harnesses are made for walking while others are specifically designed for pulling tasks such as sledding or carting. There are also specialised harnesses for certain activities like swimming or running with your active pooch.

Benefits of using a dog harness for you and your dog

Harnesses are a pawsome tool where the right ones can be used during training to prevent and treat pulling problems, reduce choking, and over-reaching. Most dog harnesses have a variation of sizes available, and an adjustable fit for a wide variety of dogs

There are many advantages to using a harness as opposed to traditional collars and leads, such as:

  • A harness can give better control when walking or exercising your dog.
  • The chest strap aids in preventing your wriggly pup from escaping by slipping out.
  • A harness can reduce pressure on your dog’s neck and windpipe.

Bear, the Goldendoodle wearing a blue Julius K9 dog harness

How to choose the perfect dog harness in the UK

Type of harness

The first step in choosing a dog harness is to determine what type of harness would be best for your pup. For example, if you have a small dog, you will want to choose a harness that is specifically designed for small breeds. If you have a large dog, you will want to select a harness that is made for larger breeds. There are also harnesses available for all dog sizes.

There are several types of dog harnesses, these include:

  1. The front-clip harness. This type of dog harness wraps around the chest and abdomen with the leash attached in front. It can be easily slipped on by stepping into it and then buckling it at the back. It is suitable for a range of dogs, large or small, and can sometimes be used to reduce pulling.
  2. The side-clip harness (also known as a cross-back harness). This type of dog leash attaches to a metal ring on either side of the chest for a more secure fit that prevents the leash from slipping over the dog's head. It's still possible to step into this type of harness and buckle it at the back, but it takes some manoeuvring to do so.
  3. Back-clip harness. These are the most common harnesses and the lead is clipped on at the dog's back. Dogs can move quite freely in these harnesses and they are useful if you are wanting to click your dog into a car-seat or car seatbelt. They can however encourage pulling.

Size of harness

Once you have determined the best type of harness for your dog, the next step is to select a size.

It is important to choose a harness that fits your dog snugly but is not too tight. If the harness fits loosely, then the dog may not feel secure while walking. A good rule of thumb is that there should be space for you to put two fingers between the dog and the harness at the points of contact.

You should also make sure that the harness has adjustable straps so that it can be adjusted if your pup is still growing.

Always make sure whichever harness you choose it doesn't restrict your dog's range of motion in their joints.

Aria, the Malinois Belgian Shepherd wearing a red dog harness

Other factors to consider when choosing a dog harness

  1. What kind of environment will you be walking your dog in?
  2. Does your dog have any allergies?
  3. Does your dog have any sensitivities or other health concerns?
  4. How easy (or difficult) is it to put the harness on?

Dog harnesses available now

  • PetSafe Dog Harness
    The PetSafe Dog Harness is a great dog harness for dogs who love to run around and play fetch. It features a strong nylon webbing strap that is adjustable and seems comfortable to wear. The lead attachment is made out of durable plastic and is attached to the harness via a quick release buckle. The PetSafe Dog Harness comes in different sizes and colours and should fit any breed of dog.
  • PupJoy Dog Harness (small doggies!)
    The PupJoy Dog Harnesses are designed specifically for small breeds of dogs. It features a soft cotton material and a wide waist belt that makes it comfortable to wear. The PupJoy Dog Harms feature a quick-release buckle that attaches to the harness without having to remove the collar.
  • K9 Pro Dog Harness
    The K9 Pro Dog Harnesses are designed for larger breeds of dogs. It is made out of heavy duty nylon webbing and features a quick-release buckle. The K9 Pro Dog Harms have a padded chest area and shoulder straps that make them comfortable to wear.
Ariel, the Alaskan Malamute wearing a Julius K9 dog harness
  • Petmate Dog Harness
    The petmate dog harness is a great option for smaller breeds of dogs. It has a simple design and is made out of breathable mesh fabric. The Petmate Dog Harness has a quick-release buckle and a looped lead attachment.
  • Padding Paws Dog Harness
    Looking for a comfortable, padded dog harness that will make walks a breeze? PaddingPaws has you covered! This dog harness is made from soft but strong mesh to ensure your dog is comfortable. Plus, it's easy to put on, comes in a range of fun colours and is cost-effective at £6.49 (for small and medium sizes).
Abbey, the Jack Russell, sporting a fetching red PaddingPaws dog harness
  • Halti No Pull Dog Harness
    This no pull harness features both a stop-pull lifting feature and an optional front chest attachment, giving you good control over your dog. The padded chest panel and leg straps ensure your dog's comfort, while the chest panel shape prevents the harness from sliding to the side.
    The HALTI Harness is a great tool for teaching your dog to walk more calmly by your side. It has been designed with the goal of preventing dogs from pulling, which it does quite well if you know how to use it. Plus, the bright colours are sure to make your dog stand out on all your walks! So give the Halti No Pull Harness a try - it just might be the solution you've been searching for.
    This harness works best for dogs of a medium size, such as Border Collies, although Albie the Cockapoo gives it five paws!
Albie, the Cockapoo, wearing a black dog harness

This article is for information only. Always choose products depending on your individual dog's needs and by taking advice from your vet. Prices in this article subject to change.

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