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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

When You Buy Dog Harnesses for Your Australian Shepherd Consider These Factors

By Anton Hout, author of The Guide to Aussie Training & Care

I f you want to buy dog harnesses and you're like most owners, you're probably a bit confused about exactly what type to get and what to look for in a harness. That's actually a common dilemma as there are many different kinds of harnesses currently available and it can be difficult to weed through all the options. Figuring out which type of harness to get begins with pinpointing your exact needs so that you can narrow the choices.

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There may be many different reasons to use a harness. If you have a puppy or small dog that won't do well in a traditional collar or have a high energy dog (as Australian Shepherds certainly are) that requires more control a harness can be quite useful. Elderly, infirm, or injured dogs may need more support and stability, which can be offered with special harnesses that allow you to help lift and carry. Depending on your needs, you can find many different suitable options.

The three basic types of harness are standard, no-pull, and lifting.

A standard harness is designed to distribute the force of the leash against the back and chest rather than focus it at the neck the way a traditional collar does. This can be much more comfortable but it allows your Aussie to pull harder on the leash, which can be more difficult on you. This is something you'll want to keep in mind if you want to buy dog harnesses that allow you to more easily handle your dog.

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No-pull harnesses, as the name suggests, are designed to deter pulling by tightening slightly when the dog does pull. At the same time, the force of the pull is distributed under the dog's front legs rather than around the neck so it is less harmful. This can work well for more energetic dogs that need extra training to curb leash aggression and pulling. It can also be useful for obedience and agility training common to Aussies.

Lifting harnesses are designed specifically to aid dogs with weakened, injured or missing legs. These harnesses have handles attached that allow you to either hold up the affected area or even lift the dog entirely to help him climb in and out of a car or up and down a set of steps. If you want to buy dog harnesses to aid in mobility it is very important that you ensure that the harness you choose provides the proper stability and comfort.

More Factors to Consider When You Buy Dog Harnesses

No matter which type of harness you choose, getting the right fit is essential. If a harness is too snug it can cause pain and a loose harness can allow the dog to slip out. Always begin by measuring around your dog's ribcage and then check the package of any harness you are considering to ensure you get the right size. Follow the manufacturers sizing chart to help insure you get the best fit. You should also take things like materials and construction into consideration to maximize comfort and durability.

Fortunately, if you want to buy dog harnesses, there is no shortage of places to look. You can find many different types at large retailers and online at sites like Amazon.

Before you make a choice, compare your options carefully taking into consideration things like quality, construction, size and cost. If you have any questions about the type of harness to use, your vet may be able to make a suggestion. Just remember to take your time and do some comparison shopping so that you can make the right choice for your dog.

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