The Ultimate Debate: Collars vs. Harnesses
Whether you just got a new pup, or you're thinking about bringing home a new furry friend. You probably have a lot of questions; what's the best thing to feed them? Do I let them sleep on my bed? Or the question as old as time: do I get my dog a collar or a harness?
The answer to this question isn't straightforward as both have their advantages. Most of the time, it'll come down to the breed of your dog and how they behave on their walks. Arguably, one is not better than the other, but you may want to know what makes each one so great and which one would be best suited for your new pup. We're going to give you a breakdown of the benefits of both collars and harnesses so you can make your decision with ease.
We all know that collars are the usual go-to for walking your dog. On top of that, they can be worn at all times with an attached identification tag that can help whenever your pup makes a quick escape. There is a vast selection out there, and you can easily find the style and color you've always wanted for your furry best friend.
Some collars are excellent for training your dog on walks, especially when they're still a puppy and starting to learn. Depending on how well your pup is doing while training them to walk, you may want to decide between a constricting collar or a traditional one. Some are designed specifically to constrict or cause discomfort whenever your dog pulls when you're walking or tries to jump up at strangers. These are effective, but it's all down to personal preference. If your pup has respiratory problems or doesn't appear to pull on walks, you may want to opt for a traditional collar that sits comfortably on their neck. These are particularly great if you're going to leave them on all the time.
If you find that your pup is constantly slipping out of their collar, no matter how tight you think you've made it, you may find an anti-slip collar helpful. These close around your dog's neck as soon as they try to get out of it and will stop them from getting loose. These collars are ideal if you own a dog with a slim head, such as a greyhound.
Having so many options may seem great, but it can feel overwhelming. To make things easier for you, we recommend the Toby and Ace Collar, which can also be purchased as a kit with their signature ZigZag Leash. The collar has a sleek design, with a durable and silent D-ring. Made from 100% polyester, you'll find the material fast-drying, flexible, and super soft for your pup to enjoy in comfort. In addition, a multi-function light makes it easy to go for a walk at night with high visibility, and the quick-release premium ABS-made buckles allow you to easily adjust the collar whenever your pup gets a bit bigger.
Harnesses have become increasingly popular over the years, and it's no surprise due to the many benefits associated with them. Although your pup cannot wear them all day long like a collar, they can make your daily walks a lot more comfortable. In addition, if your dog tends to pull extremely hard, a harness reduces the risk of injury and can become a great training tool without your pup choking.
There's nothing worse than wanting to go for a relaxing walk with your furry friend, but they get excited at every sound and sight around them, leading them to pull and tug constantly. A harness can discourage them from doing this as well as jumping up at strangers and other dogs. They also prevent your pup from getting tangled up when they get a bit too excited, meaning you can carry on with your walk as if nothing happened.
If you have a dog breed that's prone to respiratory problems or tracheal collapse, like a Pug or French Bulldog, a harness can help them feel comfortable on walks without any restriction. Even if your pup isn't one of these breeds, if they appear to have trouble breathing using a collar, then a harness could be the best choice. You will maintain your control while your furry friend has a walk full of wagging tails and smiles.
Just like with the collar, Toby and Ace also offer a signature harness that is made for your pup's comfort. Paired with the ZigZag leash, they make for the perfect walking experience. Each harness is adjustable, durable, and safe. They come with four adjustable points and heavy-duty light-up clasps, making them suitable for any occasion, night, or day. In addition, the quick-release premium ABS-made buckles are easy to adjust and put on and off, meaning they will grow with your pup as well as keep them safe for years to come.
You may not have the answer as to whether a collar or harness is better, but you now certainly have a better idea about what makes each one so great. Deciding which one to get for your pup all comes down to how well they walk with you, their breed, and even your personal preference. With Toby and Ace offering two high-quality products, it won't be hard to find the perfect one for you. So get shopping now!