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Guide To Australian Shepherd Training & Care

Fancy Dog Harnesses Add a Touch of Style

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

Fancy dog harnesses may not have been the first thing you thought of when shopping for your pet, but they can be a fun and functional alternative to traditional collars. They come in a variety of sizes, styles and fabrics to appeal to any taste and for all sizes and breeds of dogs. Whether you want something in high-end leather, with a little bit of bling or in a fashion fabric, you'll be able to find it online or at major retailers.

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Of course harnesses aren't just about fashion, they also serve a very important practical purpose. Fitting around the front legs and chest, they offer a much safer way to secure any type of dog, from tiny toys to larger, more active breeds like the Australian Shepherd. This way you can be in control of your dog while walking without worry of choking or damaging his delicate trachea.

But there's no reason a harness has to be a bland piece of leather or nylon that is merely functional when they can also be attractive. You can find harnesses in a variety of styles, from easy to use step-in harnesses to stronger, Y shaped harnesses that offer a little extra support. And many fancy dog harnesses even come with padding for extra comfort so your best friend can feel comfy and look good at the same time.

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Appealing to the more fashion forward owner, you can find harnesses in high-end leather and even faux crocodile and ostrich for even more glam. Accents range from polished brass to silver and brushed nickel, in a variety of shapes such as traditional studs, tiny paw prints or flowers. You can even find metallic leathers that add a touch of sparkle to your pooch's look.

Taking fancy dog harnesses to the next level are fabrics like soft, comfortable ultra suede, frilly accents and even crystals and rhinestones for a truly expensive look. Some harnesses come in designer fabrics in a wide variety of patterns to reflect your and your dog's personality. You can make a real fashion statement with hand-crafted accents, genuine Swarovski crystals and other elegant touches.

You Can Even Find Fancy Dog Harnesses With Matching Leashes

Of course it would be a shame to have such a lovely harness and pair it with a plain leash, so some manufacturers also include a matching designer leash with each harness. With matching leash and harness, you'll have a complete look that draws attention to your dog wherever you go.

Because it's important to ensure proper fit, these fancy dog harnesses come in all sizes, to fit dogs from pup to adult to accommodate your Aussie. As with any harness, you should make sure to measure correctly so that you have the right size for your dog. The rule of thumb for proper fit is to allow room to slip a finger or two between the harness and the dog's body.

If you want your dog to be safe, comfortable and look good, then why not consider checking out the wide variety of fancy dog harnesses currently available? There is almost no limit to the look you can choose for your best friend, and if you shop wisely you'll even be able to get designer looks at affordable prices. So check out everything that's available and make that harness a luxury rather than just a necessity.

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