Is your dog currently in training, or are they generally a nightmare to walk on a leash with? A full body dog harness may be the answer for you. Full body dog harnesses are also ideal for adventure dogs, and dogs with disabilities, too.
Below, we’ll take a closer look at what you should shop for in a harness. Then, we’ll share some of the best full body harnesses available for your pup.
Choosing a Full Body Dog Harness
Before buying a harness, take a look at these tips below, which can help you select the most secure and comfortable harness for your pup.
The most important thing to consider when shopping for a harness is fit. An ill-fitting harness will be easy for your dog to escape from, and they can also be uncomfortable. Most harnesses are sized based on the dog’s neck and chest. Be sure to take both the neck measurement, and the chest measurement to ensure you select the proper size.
Most harnesses are made from nylon or oxford materials, but some may be made from leather or other materials. If you’re looking for a harness that’s easy to wash and maintain, you may want to choose a nylon or fabric harness.
The last thing to consider is the amount of padding the harness offers. Padding can help make harnesses more comfortable for your dog, but extra padding isn’t always a good thing. Short haired breeds benefit from extra padding as it helps prevent irritation. But, long hair breeds may have an easier time escaping from a heavily padded harness.
Why Choose a Full Body Dog Harness
The reasons for choosing this style of harness over a traditional harness or collar are many, including:
- More comfortable for your dog
- More control for the owner
- Helps teach dogs how to walk on a leash
- Lift handles help dogs traverse obstacles, or get in and out of vehicles
If you’re looking for the absolute best full body dog harness you can find, then you’ll want to take a closer look at the Web Master from Ruffwear.
This harness featured industry-leading construction quality and heavy-duty components that are designed to stand up to anything you and your pup can dish out. In fact, the Web Master is favored by many avalanche rescue dog programs and service dog trainers. This harness is also ideal for amputee dogs as well.
The Web Master is made from durable ripstop nylon and features thin but supportive padding in all of the key areas along the back and chest. There are five different adjustment points which allow you to get a truly custom fit for your pup.
The 3M reflective piping is a stylish touch, and it also helps to make this harness more visible in low light situations. For use at night, there’s also an attachment for Ruffwear’s Beacon clip light, which makes it even easier to see your dog.
This harness features two different leash attachments – one towards the front, which provides more control and one towards the back, which allows for a more leisurely walk. The back attachment is perfect for more docile dogs, and dogs who are leash trained well. Meanwhile, the front attachment is perfect if you need greater control over your dog when they’re on a leash.
While this harness may be favored by adventure or service dogs, it’s also ideal for your everyday escape artist as well. The design of this harness makes it virtually impossible to slip out of, even for dogs who can quickly work their way out of other harnesses. Since this harness attaches over the middle, instead of the front legs, it also provides extra support for tripawds, as well.
What We Liked
- Five adjustment points allow for a perfect fit
- Reflective safety piping
- Virtually impossible to slip out of
- Dual leash attachments
- Heavy-duty construction
What Could Be Better
- Sizing – Even the smallest sizes can be too long for compact breeds
- Less support for lifting dog
If you’re looking for a harness that has premium features without the premium price point, this harness from Rabbitgoo may be a good option for you.
The harness itself is constructed from durable nylon and features thick padding to provide your dog with added comfort. The inner material of the harness is highly breathable, which your dog is sure to appreciate, especially on longer walks and adventures.
The wide chest harness also helps to make the harness comfortable for all dogs, even pullers, and it also helps ensure that you have total control over your dog on walks. Two D-ring leash loops allow you to attach your leash to either the dog’s chest or back.
Like the more expensive Web Master above, reflective stitching makes it easier for your dog to be seen in low lighting. Rabbitgoo also makes a version of this harness with integrated LED lighting to make it even easier to see your dog at night.
A durable handle at the rear of the harness allows you to easily lift your dog to assist them over obstacles, or with getting in or out of the car. The handle is well designed, which helps make this model one of the best full body dog lifting harness options.
What We Liked
- Extra wide chest harness – perfect for dogs that pull
- Reflective stitching
- Well balanced lifting handle
- Breathable fabric
What Could Be Better
- Straps are a little difficult to adjust
- Leash attachment points are made of plastic
- Not heavy-duty enough for 100+ pound breeds
While most control harnesses cost upwards of $30, this harness from Barkbay provides plenty of high-end features at one of the most affordable price points we’ve seen. At under $20, this harness can compete with many of the more expensive adventure dog harnesses on the market.
The design of this harness is similar to the Rabbitgoo harness above, and it’s constructed from an outer shell of durable oxford with thick, soft padding throughout the chest and back of the harness. 3M reflective stitching is used throughout, and it’s highly reflective in low light situations.
There are four easy to use adjustment points to provide your dog with a custom fit over the neck and through the chest. Four highly adjustable sizes are available, so you should be able to tailor the perfect fit for your pup, regardless of how big or small they are.
The wide chest section of this harness is ideal for dogs who like to pull, and it provides owners with added control over their pup. Two heavy-duty leash attachment rings are provided – one at the chest for added control while your dog is training and one at the back for when your dog is fully leash trained.
A heavy duty handle at the back of the harness provides additional control and allows you to assist your dog over obstacles, or into and out of your car.
What We Like
- Extra-wide chest panel
- Highly adjustable to fit different breeds
- Heavy-duty leash attachment rings
- Well balanced handle for lifting your dog
- Thick, soft padding for added comfort
What Could Be Better
- Size chart is misleading – Be sure to size down if your dog is between two sizes
- Difficult to adjust
Wrapping It Up
Whether you’re looking for an everyday harness to make walking your dog easier, or a tactical model that’s perfect for adventures with your pup, all three of these full body dog harness options make for great choices. The Web Master harness from Ruffwear is our overall choice thanks to it’s practically escape-proof design, durability, and fit.
Regardless of the harness you choose, make sure that it fits your dog well, is comfortable, and above all, secure. A well-fitting harness will provide you and your dog with years of enjoyment on all your walks and adventures.