News / May 7, 2024

The Truth About Dog Harnesses

Dog harnesses are the biggest con in the dog training industry. 

Over the last couple of years, the harness has become the latest trendy item to have for your dog. Many product descriptions include emotive words such as ‘gentler’ and ‘kinder’, as well as claims such as ‘no pull’ and even that the harness will make your dog live longer. This is complete nonsense! 

The harness is not some new piece of innovative technology. Harnesses have been around for several thousand years. They were invented by Inuit tribes people of Siberia to help their dogs pull. Since then, humans have been using the same piece of equipment to help dog work for them and to be more powerful in their jobs, such as pulling sleds. 

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In recent times, harnesses have been used to assist law enforcement agencies such as the police or Army to make the dogs more powerful in protection. Search and rescue also use harnesses, as well as some blind people so that the dog can lead them in the right direction. 

Outside of a working role, people have been using harnesses for years in situations such as running or cycling. 

Dog Harnesses

We aren’t saying don’t buy a harness for your dog, we are saying don’t believe the product descriptions such as ‘no pull’ as that is completely false. This piece of equipment, when put on your dog, isn’t going to magically make them not pull. 

We regularly use dog harnesses in training, when training certain types of dogs, typically small ones or those who have breathing difficulties. The harness, along with the lead attached to it, acts as an umbilical cord to attach us to the dog. 

However, it isn’t the harness that is keeping the dog under control. Dogs walk to heel because they’ve been trained to, not because they are wearing a ‘no pull’ harness. 

To learn more about different pieces of equipment, watch our series on YouTube here.

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