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How To Properly Put on a Dog Harness

Do you know how to appropriately put a dog harness on?

​Whether it is your first time using a dog harness or you want to try out a new style for your pet, it is easy to struggle in figuring out the process.


​There are different sets of benefits that come with the many styles of harness depending on their comfort and purposes. With this, every style has unique guidelines and ways when it comes to putting it on the dog. Always keep in mind that even if it can keep your dog safe when you're out for a walk, a harness that is placed inappropriately can cause discomfort to your dog and you will end up not enjoying your time together.

​So, it is important to identify which harness is best for your dog and how to properly put it on your him. Here's everything you need to know.

​Different Types of Dog Harnesses

​Functionality is a key factor in choosing the right harness for your dog. There are dog mobility harnesses and dog-walking harnesses. Within these two categories, there are different types.

​Dog Walking Harnesses

If you are trying to get your dog to walk by your side obediently, this is the type of harness you would invest in. This is commonly known as “no pull” harnesses because the dog does not pull you along.

The most trendy types of dog walking harnesses are:

​Front clip harnesses

More effective in reducing pulling, front-clip harnesses have the leash attachment in the center of the dog’s chest. As it gives better control over the direction that your dog is going, it is an effective harness for training. An example is this Kurgo Dog Walking Harness with five adjustment points that ensure near perfect fit for any dog.

Back clip or step-in harnesses

If the dog is already calm and trained not to pull on the leash, back clip harness can be used for them. Since the ring that the leash clips onto is located on the top of the dog’s back, the design does not discourage pulling. Check the Blueberry Pet Dog Harness, a harness that does not stretch itself. Also, it is useful with small dogs which have delicate throats and are easily irritated by collars.

Tightening harness


If the dog begins to pull, this harnesses tightens and adds pressure. However, if you are using this kind of harness, make sure it is a gentle, non-pain-inducing pressure. See the Harness Lead Escape resistant.

Vest harnesses


The D-ring for the leash is on the dog’s back in a vest harness. It is far away from the dog’s vulnerable throat and has an easy-to-grab handle to help you control excited pets. One kind of this is the Feliscanis Vest Harness that is made of high quality material with adjustable chest and belly straps for wearing stability. It is especially used for dog training.

Dog Mobility Harnesses


If you have a dog that is injured, arthritic or recovering from an illness or surgery, mobility harnesses are used to support them. It serves as a "support" for dogs that need help getting around. It is also a great help to the owners and vets who deal with older dogs. This harness is a dog lifting aid. It is not used for everyday walks and outings like the other styles. Like the Uarter Dog Mobility Harness, these harnesses are used for mobility & rehabilitation.

How Should You Put a Harness on Your Dog?

While there are different functionalities for each type of harness, there are 2 major designs that come with it. Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to place each type of harness on your dog.

How to put a Step-In Harness?

1. Unbuckle the harness and lay it open and flat on the ground. Make sure that the D-ring are stretched out.

2. Have your dog stand over the harness when you are ready. Make sure that he or she is standing still and calm. Do not try to do this while your dog is on excited mood since you or the dog could get hurt. Moreover, you will not be able to do this while the dog is lying down.

3. Place one of your dog's front legs in one of the loops and his other front leg in the other loop.

4. Pick up the buckle and securely wrap it around your dog.

5. Adjust as needed. Snap the strap buckles in place on your dog's back. Make adjustments so that the harness fits right to your dog. You should be able to slip two fingers in between any portion of the strap and the dog.

6. Check the front. Tug down the harness to make sure that it is not too loose and that the dog cannot slip its paws out of the leg holes.

7. The D-ring should be positioned in the center back of the dog while the front loop should be in the center front of the dog's chest.

8. Clip the leash on. The harness of your dog should now be secure. After you have clipped the leash to the back D-ring, the two of you are ready for your walk.



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How to put an Overhead Harness?

1. Sit behind your dog. While your dog is in a sitting position, move behind him or her and so that you can easily move from the dog's back and around to the front.

2. Loosen the harness and slip it over the dog's head. Slip over to the dog's head both the bottom and top loops of the harness. Make sure that you unbuckle the snap when you slip the harness over your dog's head.

3. Slip the first paw or leg through the first hole. Lift the dog's corresponding paw then gently push or pull it through that leg hole. You should be able to see the opening where the two buckled ends should come together even if the other leg hole is not yet a full loop. From there, get the idea of where the next hole forms.

4. Pull the remaining strap behind the other front leg. It should go beneath the remaining front leg and wrap along the dog's side.

5. Clip the buckle ends together and make sure the harness is completely on your dog.

6. Adjust the chest strap and see that the harness fits right. Be sure that you are able to slip two fingers in between any portion of the strap and the dog.

7. Tug on the buckle and check the front to make sure that it is not too loose. The dog should not be able to slip its paws out of the leg holes.

8. The D-ring should be positioned in the center back of the dog while the front loop should be in the center front of the dog's chest.

9. Attach your leash. The harness of your dog should now be secure so he or she is ready for action.



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​In addition to all the steps mentioned above, it is always important to consider the fit of the dog harness whatever type it may be. This is to ensure that it is comfortable and safe for your dog. Harnesses come in different sizes - from extra small to extra large. With that, you should be able to find one that fits your dog’s size and purpose.

Also, when putting the harness, place it calmly and gently so that your dog will trust you every step of the way. Get your dog used to the procedure you have on how you put the harness on. This will help both of you stay tangle-free no matter what dog harness style you use.


Hello, friends! I am Jennifer, a 30-year-old adventure-seeking dog lover. If you are a dog lover, puppy owner or a person who want to read interesting stories about pets, then is definitely a perfect choice.

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