How To Put A No Pull Harness On A Dog


Unlike a collar, a dog harness is not intuitive at all. Dog owners have trouble putting the harness on the dog. Personally, I’ve seen too many people with the dog harness placed incorrectly.

That’s why no-pull dog harnesses get a bad rep. They are really good at stopping the dog from pulling, very effective at training dogs that pull on the leash. It’s just that people don’t use them right, that’s why people think the harness doesn’t help.

I know that most of you are considering a no-pull harness, it’s the best option. So, how to put a no-pull harness on a dog?

  1. Unfasten the buckles.
  2. Put the closed-loop over the dog’s head.
  3. Place the buckles on the dog’s shoulders.
  4. Fasten the harness from each side going over the dog’s belly to its shoulders.
  5. Adjust.

Follow this step-by-step guide to find out more about no-pull dog harnesses.

Fitting A Dog Harness

The main purpose of a dog harness is to provide more control for the pet owner. With a harness, the dog can’t get tangled as well. Especially good for big dogs that pull a lot.

Brands have been trying out different designs to prevent pulling and offer more safety for the dog. Because of that, we have many different types of dog harnesses.

That’s why I can’t give a straight answer. Each type of dog harness has a specific buckle-up design, so the fitting process differs. Here, we’ll cover the 5 main types of dog harnesses and we’ll explain how to put them on.

Vest Harness

  1. Locate the top of the vest. 
    While fitting the vest harness, you should always look for the part where you attach the leash. That’s the part that should be on top, on the dog’s back.
  2. Fit the harness on the dog’s neck. 
    Once you find the top, you can see which part goes on the neck. That loop should go through the dog’s head.
  3. Fit one leg through the loop. 
    With vest harnesses, for the legs, there is one closed-loop, and one opened that you buckle up. First, fit the leg with the closed-loop. Just slip the dog’s leg through the loop.
  4. Get the end with the clip, move it under the leg and over the belly. 
  5. Attach the clip.
  6. Adjust. 

Step-in Harness

  1. Locate the top part where you attach the leash. 
    The step-in harness is the most despised one among dog owners. The trick is to just find the top again. Once you find where the top should be, you are fine.
  2. Unclip the buckle. 
  3. Lay the harness on the ground.
    Once you see the harness on the ground, everything will make sense. You can see where the dog should put his legs and you know what part goes on top.
  4. Have your dog step in the loops for the legs. 
    This part may be hard at first but the dog will quickly get used to it. You may need to train it at first.
  5. Lift the harness. 
    When the dog has both legs in the loop, lift the harness over its shoulders.
  6. Fit the clip.
  7. Adjust

Padded Chest Harness

The padded chest harness is exactly the same as the step-in harness. This just has a pad for the dog’s chest area to decrease pulling. You fit this like you put on a step-in harness.

Dual Strap Harness

  1. Locate the clip for the leash. 
    The dual strap harness is also a tricky one. But if you follow my steps you are not going to have any issues.
  2. Unclip the buckle. 
    Now, you will be left with two loops and one open end where the buckle is. The smaller loop goes through the dog’s head, the big loop over the leg.
  3. Fit the small loop on the dog’s neck. 
    This is where dog owners have trouble. Finding the right loop. As long as you know where the top should be(the clip where you attach the leash), you will know which loop goes where. If you place the harness on the neck with the wrong loop, the leash clip won’t be on the top.
  4. Fit the dog’s leg through the long loop.
    Once you fit the harness on the neck, you will be left with the long loop and the open end where you attach the buckle. First, fit the leg on the side with the loop.
  5. Take the end with the buckle and move it under the leg and over the belly. 
  6. Attach the harness.
  7. Adjust.

Halti Front Pull Harness

  1. Put a collar on your dog.
    The halti front pull harness requires a dog collar. If you didn’t know this before buying the harness, you may need to buy a collar too.
  2. Locate the clip for the dog collar. 
    These harnesses have an attachment clip for the dog collar. That should be your starting point. In the picture above, it’s the one on the black rope.
  3. Put the harness on the dog’s neck.
    The clip for the dog collar should be on the dog’s chest. So with the clip facing down, put the harness on the neck.
  4. Loop the end with the buckle under the dog’s belly. 
  5. Attach the harness. 
  6. Attach the harness to the dog’s collar.
  7. Adjust

What Is The Best No Pull Large Breed Dog Harness

Finding the right-size dog harness is an issue on its own. But even if you figure it out, many dog harnesses lack the design and strength to reduce pulling with large breed dogs. Fortunately, we have a few designs that have been really popular among large breed dog owners.

Rabbitgoo No-Pull Pet Harness

Highlighted Features

  • Large Dog Harness
  • No-pull, No-choke
  • Comfortable
  • Fully Adjustable
  • Easy To Use

The best large dog harness, in my opinion. This product is available in Small, Medium, Large, and Extra Large. The Large one is suitable for breeds like Golden Retrievers, Huskies, German Shepards, etc… The Extra Large one is for those scary large breeds.

This doesn’t only offer many available sizes. It’s a high-quality dog harness with a really good design to prevent pulling. Provides maximum comfort as well. Really easy to use and fit.

Amazing at preventing pulling while not choking the dog at all. The harness is padded and it doesn’t hurt the dog when it’s pulling. It’s a lightweight design also. There are two leash rings, one to prevent pulling in traffic, and one for casual and daily walks.

The reason why this harness is so popular it’s that is fully adjustable. All dogs are built differently, so with each harness, you have to make some adjustments for size. This one is fully adjustable with 2 necks traps and 2 chest straps.

I highly recommend this if you have a large breed dog that needs leash walking training. By far, the best no-pull large breed dog harness.

Pros

  • Available for dogs of any size.
  • Really good at preventing pulling.
  • Lightweight and comfortable.

Cons

  • A bit expensive.
[Related Article: 6 Simple Steps To Make A Dog Harness Out Of A Rope]

What Is The Best No Pull Small Dog Harness

Voyager Step-In Vest Harness

Highlighted Features

  • All Weather Mesh
  • Available In XXXS
  • Reflective Bands
  • Comfortable
  • Escape Free

Now, there are some exceptionally small dogs. Finding a harness that the small dog can’t escape takes a while. That’s why I’m recommending the Voyager Step-In Vest Harness. It’s available in many sizes, specifically designed for small dogs. The XXXS size will perfectly fit dogs with a chest size of 10 – 11.5 inches.

This is a combination of step-in and a vest harness, a unique design. Made out of good quality, durable materials. The harness has all-weather mesh. Weather-resistant and comfortable. Heavy-duty metal D-rings as well.

Pet safety comes first with the Voyager Harness. There are two reflective bands so you can see the dog at night. This is a vest harness, so if you get the size right, the dog can’t escape it. Strong buckle-up and D-rings for the leash.

There you go, that’s the best small breed dog harness that I would recommend. Make sure to check out the sizing instructions that the brand recommends.

Pros

  • Available in multiple sizes for small dogs.
  • Easy to use.
  • No escape.

Cons

  • Kind of hard to clean.
[Related Article: Is It Safe To Leave Harness On Dog All The Time]

Related Questions And Other FAQs

Is A No-Pull Harness Bad For Dogs

No, a no-pull harness is not bad for dogs. It’s a great way to stop pulling. The only time the harness can be bad for the dog is if you get the size right.

Where Do You Put The Leash On A No-Pull Harness

The No-pull harness has a D-ring for the leash. It’s usually located near the buckle, on top of the dog’s back. To recognize the leash ring from other rings, you should check how loose each ring is. Usually, the leash ring won’t connect any ropes, it will be obvious.

Tim Adams

Tim has experience of 15 years with a wide variety of pets. Anything animal-related is his passion, so he is here to share some good practices to know about owning pets.

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