Last updated: August 8, 2021

Our method

24Products analysed

23Hours spent

10Evaluated articles

47User reviews

Welcome to our big puppy harness guide. Here we present all the puppy harnesses that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the web.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best puppy harness for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy a puppy harness.




Summary

  • When it comes to puppy harnesses, a perfect fit is particularly important for the puppy.
  • There are five different types of dog harnesses, each with their own individual advantages and disadvantages
  • When deciding whether to use a collar or harness for the puppy, it is essential to consider the health aspect.

The Best Puppy Harness: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a puppy harness

When does my puppy need a harness?

There is no age limit for a harness. This means that as soon as your puppy has moved in with you, you can start getting him used to the harness. This is especially important because without a collar or harness, there is nowhere to attach a leash.

One of the first goals in puppy training is the puppy's ability to walk easily and loosely on a leash. This is necessary not only because of the compulsory leash in many places, but also because an adult dog is stronger and harder to control.

A puppy harness can be used to teach leash walking from an early age. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 51350048)

Puppy collar or puppy harness, what are the advantages and disadvantages?

Every puppy is characterised by a great urge to explore and move. This means that even when the puppy is on the lead, it pulls and tears at it. This puts a certain amount of pressure on the young dog's body.

A puppy is still developing, its bones are soft and it does not have so many and strong muscles. This means he is prone to deformities and injuries. In order not to harm the little four-legged friend, you should make sure that his important organs and bones are protected from the great pressure and friction of the harness or collar.

Both puppy collars and puppy harnesses have their advantages and disadvantages, which are clearly shown in the following table.

Puppy collar Puppy harness
Advantages Unrestricted freedom of movement, Easy to put on Pressure evenly and extensively distributed on chest and back, Puppy cannot easily break free
Disadvantages Pressure on cervical vertebrae, larynx and trachea, Puppy can easily break free Needs to be adjusted precisely to avoid friction and ensure freedom of movement, Can be complicated to put on

The advantages of a puppy collar are the unrestricted freedom of movement and the ease with which it can be put on. However, the pressure on the neck area when pulling the puppy on the leash is dangerous.

This can damage the cervical vertebrae, larynx and trachea. In addition, an impetuous puppy can easily break free from the collar.

Your puppy cannot get out of a harness so easily. The pressure is also distributed more evenly and over a larger area on the chest and back. To ensure this, the harness must fit the young dog's body perfectly, so that there is no friction in sensitive areas and he can move freely.

Furthermore, putting on and taking off the harness is sometimes complicated because the puppy has to put its head through a loop or the harness is pulled over its head.

How do I find out the right harness size for my puppy?

You can find out the size of harness for your puppy by measuring him. The most important factors are the chest and neck circumference. You can also measure the top length (back length) and the bottom length (chest length).

Measure the neck circumference by placing a tape measure around your puppy's neck. Leave enough room to slide a finger between the neck and the tape measure. Chest circumference is measured at the largest part of the chest.

If your puppy's measurements are between two sizes, always choose the larger size. The same applies to longhaired dogs.

How much does a puppy harness cost?

Puppy harnesses are available in all price ranges, from the cheapest starting at about 5 Euros to more complex models starting at 40 Euros. The price is mainly determined by the material used, the padding and the additional features.

Starting at about 5 Euros, the simplest and plainest puppy harnesses are available. They are mostly made of nylon or air mesh and have little to no padding.

With a budget starting at 20 Euros, you can buy a padded and reflective puppy harness. The materials used are often nylon and air mesh.

For a price starting at 40 Euros, the puppy harness usually has good padding, a loop on the back and is reflective. In many cases, these models are made of leather, nylon or air mesh.

Material Features Price range
Nylon, Air Mesh Little-not padded 5-20€
Nylon, Air Mesh Padded, Reflective 20-40€
Leather, Nylon, Air Mesh Padded, Reflective, Loop 40€ and above

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate puppy harnesses

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible puppy harnesses.

The criteria you can use to compare puppy harnesses include:

  • Adjustability
  • Material
  • Padding
  • Safety

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what is important in each criterion.

Adjustability

Adjustability is essential for a puppy harness. This is because the young dog is still growing. So you should make sure that you adjust the harness to the size of your four-legged friend. This way, the harness can grow with your dog to a certain extent and you don't have to buy a new one every few weeks.

The adjustability of the harness also provides the possibility of an optimal fit. This means that the harness does not put pressure on sensitive areas and does not chafe. This is especially important for puppies who are prone to deformities due to their still developing bodies.

Material

When it comes to material, there are two main points to consider. On the one hand, it should be comfortable for your puppy to wear and on the other hand, it should be "easy to clean" for you.

Harnesses for puppies can be made of textile (e.g. mesh), nylon or leather. The models made of nylon or similar material are usually The models made of nylon or similar material are usually lined with softer fabric.

All three types of material are comfortable for the puppy to wear, with mesh being even softer on the body. Nylon scores big points for its robustness. It is water-repellent and dirt can be easily removed. Leather harnesses require careful care to ensure they last a long time.

Padding

Good padding makes the puppy harness last longer because it is more tear-resistant.

In addition, a padded harness distributes the pressure on the puppy when pulling and tugging on the leash better and more evenly.

Puppies' skin is not yet very resistant, which is why strong and constant friction can lead to skin inflammation. Well-padded harnesses prevent this.

Safety

To ensure your puppy's safety, it is important that the harness fits well and tightly. If the harness is too loose, it can quickly slip. Your puppy can get caught in the straps and get injured.

An impetuous puppy can easily get out of a harness that is too loose. Norwegian harnesses are particularly known for this, as they do not have a belly strap. If you want to make sure that your little buddy does not run around alone in the wild, make sure that the harness fits perfectly.

The puppy harness should fit well. The puppy should not be able to get out of the harness, nor should the puppy harness be too tight and leave friction marks. (Picture source: 123rf / 41350698)

Reflectors on the puppy harness are another safety measure. They ensure that you and people around you, such as car drivers or cyclists, recognise your puppy.

The Norwegian harness and saddle harness have a loop on the back of the dog. You can use this to hold the puppy in emergency situations when you are not holding it on a leash.

Facts worth knowing about puppy harnesses

How do I get my puppy used to the harness?

Once you have found and bought a suitable harness, it's time to get your puppy used to its harness.

As the puppy harness is something new and unknown to him, he will resist putting it on at first. However, you want to get him to do it voluntarily. He will do this if he associates putting on the harness with something positive. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Reward every small step (e.g. sniffing the harness, head through loop) with a treat or stroke.
  • After putting on the harness, do something fun for the puppy.
  • Always praise after successful dressing.

Can I sew a puppy harness myself?

Sewing a harness for your puppy yourself is also an option. The big advantage is that you can adjust the measurements exactly to your four-legged friend. But always bear in mind that puppies are still growing and therefore a function for adjusting the harness is important.

(Cover picture: 123rf / 31084076)

Reviews