Harness or Collar?

Collar or harness: which is kinder?
Photo credit: Funky Tee / Foter / CC BY-SA


My walks are going better.

I remember going for walks wearing a leather collar. Anytime I was distracted from my business, I could count on a quick yank to get me back on track. my neck got sore, and I felt like I was choking every time that happened. The one blessing was that I wasn’t wearing a choke chain. My friend, a Doberman, said that most pet parents don’t use choke chains correctly, but they eventually learn to snap the rings right at the base of the skull, as intended. In the meantime, walks are punctuated with wheezing and strangulation.

Last year, I got a new harness! Now, I  walk wearing my muzzle harness, instead of a collar. I can still smell the neighbors and I still get distracted, but my reminders are gentler as I can feel the slightest bit of pressure when I need to get back to business. No more being yanked out of my skin! While I enjoy the muzzle harness, I really want a snazzy body harness. A body harness will let me bark, a little, and licking my nose will be much easier.

The best thing about harnesses? There is no friction on my neck, so my bald spots filled in and I have an uninterrupted, shiny coat.

Would you switch your pet to a harness, or will you keep using the collar and leash?