Front-Clip Harnesses

Front-Clip Harnesses

There are many training tools that help people get better control with their pulling dogs. One that we have recommended to hundreds of our clients is the front-clip harness. Their feedback has predominantly been good. We find that these harnesses are minimally aversive (i.e. unpleasant) for most dogs. While they don’t provide as much control (turning power) as a head halter, most dogs are able to get used to them much faster than head halters, which makes them a great training tool. How they work The purpose of a front clip harness is to provide you with extra control over your dog by making turning their body away from something easier to do. When your dog pulls towards something, the front leash attachment point causes them to pivot around their chest toward you. Different Styles There are a number of different styles of front-clip harnesses available now. We prefer to purchase these from our local pet stores, but many of the “Big Chain” stores carry them as well. Here are a few of the available styles and some of their characteristics: Freedom Harness The Freedom Harness features a back and front attachment point (some believe that this helps to better control the dog) One of our favorite features is the felt-covered strap material around the armpits that protects your dog’s skin Back attachment is a “martingale” style (limited-slip) point Some models include a double-ended leash to attach to the top and front, though these may need to be purchased seperately Fit on these may be a little looser during non-pulling times, increasing comfort, and snugger during pulling to help...