Dog Harnesses

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Do I have to use a harness on the dog I’m walking?

Ultimately, you can decide whether you’d like to use a harness on the dog in your care; but please keep in mind the client’s wants and needs. If the client has listed in their pet profile that their dog wears a harness on walks, then it is in your best interest to use that harness! If you still decide not to, that could easily backfire in the form of a bad journal rating or review, thus impacting your public standing with Hands N Paws.


Front-Clip Harness

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These harnesses are very good for correcting pulling behavior and giving better control. It comes with two buckles (usually) and a D-ring where the leash can be attached. The reason it’s great for dogs who pull is because it redirects their front chest area each time they attempt to pull forward! 

It always important to make sure it’s fitted correctly! If it’s too tight on a dog, it can cause tension on the dog’s front legs. Refer to our correct fitting measures below to learn more!

Click here to watch a video on how to put a front-clip/Easy Walk harness on a dog. Alternatively, here are some written instructions to help:

  1. Locate D-ring and hold it up towards the sky.
  2. With your finger, trace the material that the D-ring is/a part of, then unbuckle the opposite side/color.
  3. Put the closed loop (with D-ring on it) over the dog’s head like a necklace.
    • If the dog is resistant to this at all, please encourage them with treats. You can hold the treat on the other side of the closed loop so that they naturally lean into the loop and put the harness on for themselves!
  4. Swivel the harness around til the D-ring is in the front on the dog’s chest area.
  5. Take the unbuckled loop and scoop it underneath the dog’s belly to attach it to the buckle on the other side.
    • Pull outward (so you don’t clip dog’s skin) and clip together the buckle.
  6. Use the two-finger rule and make sure two fingers can fit comfortably between the harness and dog’s body.
    • If more than two fingers can fit, the harness is too loose and will need to be tightened a bit.
    • If only one finger or NO fingers can fit, the harness is too tight and will need to be loosened a bit.

Back-Clip Harness

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This is the most basic/popular dog harness. It is usually fastened with a buckle and features a D-ring (or two) where the leash can be attached. This harness is great for non-pullers, as it’s just a better option for attaching a leash than directly to a collar.

It does NOT correct pulling behavior. If dealing with a dog who pulls and they have a back-clip harness, you’re encouraged to kindly address this to the team and/or client via a journal report or in-app message. Show everyone that you strive to put your best foot forward for the pup in your care!

Click here to watch a video on how to put a back-clip harness on a dog. Alternatively, here are some written instructions to help:

  1. Locate D-ring(s) and hold it up towards the sky.
  2. Unbuckle and place the harness spread out on the ground (tag facing correct direction).
  3. Gently lift up one front paw and place into harness hole.
  4. Gently lift up other front paw and place into harness hole.
    • If dealing with a dog who does not like legs/paws touched, you may consider using treats to help you/encourage them to walk into harness themselves!
  5. Wrap both sides of harness up and over the front shoulders. 
    • Pull high up (so you don’t clip dog’s skin) and then clip together the buckle.
  6. Use the two-finger rule and make sure two fingers can fit comfortably between the harness and dog’s body.
    • If more than two fingers can fit, the harness is too loose and will need to be tightened a bit.
    • If only one finger or NO fingers can fit, the harness is too tight and will need to be loosened a bit.

Bolux-Style Harness

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This harness is very similar to a back-clip dog harness! It’s comfortable and very easy to put on. It corrects pulling behavior to a small degree.

Click here to watch a video on how to put a bolux-style harness on a dog. Alternatively, here are some written instructions to help:

  1. Unbuckle the belly strap.
  2. Slide the opening over the dog’s head.
  3. Scoop the unbuckled strap underneath the dog’s belly to attach it to the buckle on the other side.
    • Pull outward (so you don’t clip dog’s skin) and clip together the buckle.
  4. Use the two-finger rule and make sure two fingers can fit comfortably between the harness and dog’s body.
    • If more than two fingers can fit, the harness is too loose and will need to be tightened a bit.
    • If only one finger or NO fingers can fit, the harness is too tight and will need to be loosened a bit

Dual-Clip Harness

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This harness acts as both a back-clip and front-clip harness. It is very comfortable and easy to put on pups. It does not correct direction or pulling behavior when the leash is clipped onto the D-ring on the back. Instead, please utilize the D-ring in the front to correct any pulling behaviors.

Click here to watch a video on how to put a dual-clip harness on a dog. Alternatively, here are some written instructions to help:

  1. Unbuckle both straps.
  2. Slide the round head opening over dog’s head like a shirt, laying the side with the silver D-ring on the back.
  3. One at a time, slide one strap under each leg.
  4. Pull outward (so you don’t clip dog’s skin) and clip together the buckle(s).
  5. Use the two-finger rule and make sure two fingers can fit comfortably between the harness and dog’s body.
    • If more than two fingers can fit, the harness is too loose and will need to be tightened a bit.
    • If only one finger or NO fingers can fit, the harness is too tight and will need to be loosened a bit

Gentle Leader (Head Halter)

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This is a harness/collar for the dog’s face/muzzle and is extremely good at correcting pulling behavior! When a dog pulls, their head is redirected to the back, causing them to not want to continue pulling forward due to any slight discomfort with the behavior. The collar/harness slips over a dog’s muzzle and fastens behind their ears.

Click here to watch a video on how to put a head-halter harness on a dog. Alternatively, here are some written instructions to help:

  1. Unbuckle the harness and hold it like a ‘T’ with the metal D-ring pointing down towards the ground.
  2. Place dog’s muzzle through the loop/opening.
    • If the dog is resistant to this at all, please encourage them with treats. You can hold the treat on the other side of the loop so that they naturally lean into the loop and put the harness on for themselves!
  3. Reach around and buckle two remaining loops behind the ears.
    • Pull outward (so you don’t clip dog’s skin) and clip together the buckle.
  4. Use the two-finger rule and make sure two fingers can fit comfortably between the harness and dog’s body. The muzzle piece should be able to be pulled down to beginning of skin part of dog’s nose (indication of correct fitting).
    • If it goes further down past the dog’s nose, the harness is too loose and will need to be tightened a bit.
    • If it can’t go down to the nose area, the harness is too tight and will need to be loosened a bit.

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