Want to find the best dog harness for your Staffordshire Bull Terrier? Not sure which type of dog harness to get? Then you have come to the right place as we give you the low down on everything you need to know about dog harnesses. This article was written primarily for dog owners to find the best harness for staffies, however the dog harnesses reviewed here in this article apply for any breed of dog so you can find the best harness for your dog regardless of its breed and size.
We all know how important it is to walk your dog. Personally I walk my pack of dogs (7 dogs) twice a day and absolutely love it. Walking dogs has so many benefits from staving off boredom, to allowing them to release that extra energy, reducing destructive chewing and behaviour to ensuring optimum health and happiness in your dog. It is also a fantastic way to bond with your dog.
However some dogs are prone to pulling or lunging whilst out walking and using a dog collar when your dog pulls results in that horrible choking that can damage and cause discomfort to the neck. If your dog pulls whilst on the lead then I highly recommend trying a harness. You don’t have to try a non pull harness right away as just a regular harness usually is enough however if you find that your dog is still pulling with a regular harness then you could always try one of the non pull harness we have listed below.
Dog Harness Or Dog Collar?
A very good question and I am sure everyone has their own opinion on this one. It depends largely on your dog and your situation. One of the main reasons people choose to use a dog harness over a dog collar is the fact that their dog pulls on the lead and therefore the collar causes discomfort on the dog neck. That horrible sight of a dog eagerly pulling whilst the collar is causing the dog to choke resulting in a lot of panting and some horrible noises. A dog harness is a great way to avoid that however please aware although harnesses will help a lot more that dog collars there is still the chance your dog will pull with a harness and cause that some discomfort. If your dog is still pulling and choking with a dog harness then you can consider a non pull harness which is specifically designed to limit a dogs ability to pull.
If you are interested in a collar then have a look at our article here – best dog collar for staffies
Different Types Of Dog Harness
These days dog harnesses come in all different sizes, colours and even different designs and features. From front clips, middle clips to back clips, harnesses designed to avoid pulling to extra comfort dog harnesses.
Back Clip Dog Harness
The back clip dog harness has the lead attachment located on the top of the dog’s back and is the most popular type of dog harness. Back clip harnesses are usually the most agreeable dog harness for walking a dog and easy and comfortable for them to get used to. They are especially suited for small breeds or puppies and are not designed specifically for heavy pullers so are a good option for dogs that don’t pull on the lead.
- Easy to put on and the most comfortable to wear
- Less chance of the lead getting tangled under your dogs feet with this type of harness.
- More protection to the fragile neck area
- They look great!
Front Clip Dog Harness
A front clip dog harness has the lead attachment located at the front of the dogs chest. This type of harness is usually a good option for dogs that pull whilst on the lead as the chest clip gives the owner more control over the direction the dog is going and allows the dog to be redirected more easily that a standard harness.
- Designed to give more control over pulling, jumping or lunging.
- The front clip location gives more control to steer the direction of your dog
- You may find the lead gets tangled under your dogs feet more with this type of harness especially when thee is extra slack in the lead.
Non Pull Dog Harness
I have put this in a separate category as non pull harness don’t always have a front clip as some are located at the back too. As the name suggest non pull harnesses are designed specifically to reduce pulling whilst walking on the lead. The way that the harness achieves this desired affects varies with different brands and designs so its best to wisely choose the best one for you and your dog.
- Reduces puling and other unwanted behaviour whilst walking on a lead.
- Certain designs can look a bit cruel so make sure you do your research and choose one that isn’t too uncomfortable for your dog.
Best Dog Harness For Staffies
The Ruffwear harnesses combine both high quality and style offering a fantastic harness for staffies. The Ruffwear Front Range Harness is a rather deluxe option providing a padded chest piece which helps to relieve the pressure if your staffy is a bit of a puller. This harness gives you two attachment options; one at the front and one on the back. Four adjustment points allow for a comfortable wear and higher mobility. There is an ID pocket for you to keep dog tags that are safe and accessible. This is a really nice feature as some people worry about not having an id tag when using harnesses. THis really is a very smart dog harness that will make your Staffy look very cool!
Blueberry harness are very popular and produce a high quality harness. The Blueberry Pet Step-in Harness are a great option for those who style and look are important. These dog harnesses really do look great and come in green, orange, baby pink, misty blue, Pastel green and pastel pink so you will be able to find the colour that lets your Staffordshire Bull Terrier really shine. Putting the harness on is a breeze due to its step in design. Reflective stitches offer some extra visibility. A solid option for Your Staffy.
The Julius-K9 Powerharness is a superbly designed harness with its water repellent, easy to clean disinfectable material. It has a heavy duty buckle on the back of the harness and an extra handle on the top incase you need to quickly grab your dog in certain situations without causing discomfort. The outer layer is scratch resistant and waterproof whilst the inner layer is designed to be breathable and has a load stability and comfortable weight distribution. There is also a heavy duty plastic buckle on the belly strap and the chest strap has adjustable velcro fastening. It has great visibility with the glow in the dark stitching all around the harness including a the front strap. Another great feature which is rather unique is the ability to add a customisable label on the side of the harness so you can have your dogs name or anything you like there.
Using the EzyDog Classic Chest Plate Harness will make your dog very happy during his walks and extra special as the harness is designed to give a custom fit for any dog with it’s self moulding chest plate resulting in extra comfort and really good load distribution. It’s easy to put on due it it’s one click snap clip and has a unique seat belt attachment with quick release snap shackles making it an excellent choice for car journeys.
The PYRUS Heavy Duty Denim Harness is a cheaper option in our list of best dog harnesses but don’t be put off by its low price as it is still an excellent option for your dog. mainly sue to its durable materials.
The PetSafe EasySport Harness is comfy and easy to put on being fully adjustable and padded throughout. It has a elasticated neckline allowing for a flexible and cosy fit and comes with a top handle for those situations when you may need to quickly control your dog without causing discomfort. Its durable and easy to to use making it a great everyday use dog harness.
Best Non Pull Harness For Staffies
Non pull harnesses are specifically designed to limit the pulling from your dog whilst on the lead. If your dog pulls whilst on the lead then try one of the following harnesses that may reduce their pulling, making the walk on the lead a much easier, less stressful and all around more pleasant activity.
The Ancol Stop Pulling Harness & Lead specifically designed to stop your dog pulling or lunging whilst walking on the lead. It has the buckle on the side of the harness meaning when your dog does pull or lunge then he will swivel around to face you allowing you to control hiom. This takes away the focus of interest from the object of interest to you allowing you to train him to continue walking in the direction you were walking. It will eventually teach your dog to look at you adn walk gently by your side. It comes with a free training DVD clearly explaining how to use the no pull harness and the training methods to get the best results.
The Ferplast Ergocomfort Padded Harness has an innovative and ergonomic shape which distributes the dog’s pulling force into the chest without affecting the neck and without causing discomfort. The internal padding gives extra comfort and it is super easy to put on with its unique quick release opening and closing system which can be easily adjusted for a close fit.