1.2.2.4 Harnesses & Head Collars

Harnesses are an essential part of your dog equipment for most dogs. Harnesses are especially helpful if you have a dog who you don’t want to put any pressure on their neck, such as a young puppy or any dog when doing long-line work. Here are a few of my favorite harnesses:

Everyday Harness

I like this harness because it has an attachment point on the front and the back, which gives you flexibility for a no-pull action (front attachment) or quick back-clip. It also comes in a range of cute colors. I recommend choosing the “harness only” option, NOT the harness-and-leash combo (the leash isn’t that great). See my leash recommendation if you are looking for a good leash.

If your dog is a size medium, the harness comes in two widths, 1″ or 3/4″ – the wider, 1″, width is more comfortable for most dogs.

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Medium

Large

Head Collars

Head collars can be really useful in a variety of situations. Most large-breed, young dogs would benefit from a head collar. Most dogs working through aggression issues would benefit from a head collar.

Here is the head collar I recommend:

Small

Medium

Large

Head collars are a powerful tool, but I strongly recommend taking our head collar course in order to learn how to fit, acclimate, and use the head collar with your puppy or dog.

Head collars are also fairly fragile, as dog training equipment goes. If your dog chews equipment, please be careful with your head collar, as they can be chewed through quickly!

Check the fit!

For any of my equipment recommendations, please be sure to measure your individual dog and read the product description to make sure it will fit! 

This post does contain affiliate links, which help to support this website. These selections are the ones I love and would buy again and again, based on 15 years of dog training and thousands of dollars spent on equipment (a lot of which I would never recommend or buy again!).

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