The harness has a lot of advantages for a dog that a collar does not.
- It does not tug
- It distributes the pressure more evenly than a collar
- It doesn’t slip off like a collar does, and it allows the human handler to be on either side of the dog.
Harness are commonly used for dogs who are trackers. When bringing a new object home for your dog, it may be a good idea to allow another dog to have a good sniff at it first; that way your dog will smell the presence of another dog and the object will be more readily accepted. There is a dog always hanging around our local dog shop and he’s always good to add a scent or two onto anything we purchase!
Today when Jane came home, I could smell dogs all over her. Who were they? Where were they? Then she pulled something out of her bag and clearly called out “beagle” all over. I was pretty interested in this object.
Then she and Dad got together and called me and were fussing with this thing and with me. It wasn’t a collar. Whatever it was, it was kind of okay with me. They worked on this and on me. They’re saying “harness” or something, looking at instructions. Here you can see Dad fussing with it:
Fussing with it some more, but I stay calm.
I like it, but the next question is: What is the purpose of this thing?