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15 Best Dog Harnesses for an Easier Walk

Whether your dog is big or small, choose from a range of styles and attachments.

best dog harnesses for an easier walk

Whether you just got a new dog or need a better way to walk your pet so she doesn't yank you down the block, the best dog harnesses can really make a difference. Our favorite harnesses come in a range of sizes, colors, and styles to suit every need and price range.

The Good Housekeeping Institute has a century-plus long history of testing products including pet essentials like dog beds. In our last test of dog leashes and harnesses, we evaluated in-Lab and with consumer testers for ease of use, control of the dog, ease of using features like leash clips and overall satisfaction taking over 670 measurements to find the best harness for your pup.

Is a dog harness better than a collar?

Collars can create strain on your dog's windpipe and in some cases, their spine. Using a harness instead of a choke-chain can prevent that choking, hacking effect you may have seen when your dog tries to pull toward a squirrel or another dog while out on the town. And if you like to hike, run, or bring your dog in the car, some harnesses have special features to make those activities easier, more enjoyable, and safer for all involved.

  • Large or strong breeds like pit bulls, German Shepherds, and labradors, do well walking on a harness because it puts pressure on their chest instead of their neck. Not only does that remind the dog not to pull and help deter them from doing so, it's also safer for their body.
  • Some smaller breeds like Chihuahuas, toy poodles, or other toy dogs find harnesses more comfortable on their tinier frames, and a harness can make it easier to pick up your pocket-sized pooch if they get tired or you need to lift them out of danger.

    These are the best harnesses on the market, according to testers and reviewers:

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    Best Adjustable Dog Harness
    Rabbitgoo No-Pull Pet Harness

    The Good Housekeeping Institute gave this harness top marks for fit, since it has a total of four adjustable straps to keep your dog secure. It also comes with with two leash-connection points, easy-release side buckles, and reflective strips for visibility. Testers loved its cushioned panels and durability, too. 

    Best Basic Dog Harness
    PetSafe Easy Walk Dog Harness
    Now 38% off

    With a front loop and easy-to-adjust style, this no-frills harness lives up to its name. It comes with four adjustment points and a video tutorial to get the right fit, as well as phone support if you still need help. One of the original anti-pulling harnesses, it's earned a following for its affordability, ease of use, and immediate results. 

    Best Dog Harness for Large Dogs
    Kurgo Dog Walking Harness

    Testers for the Good Housekeeping Institute liked this easy-on harness for its five adjustable points, which create a secure fit. Those with large or strong dogs also liked the front leash attachment, which helps discourage pulling, while smaller dogs may do just fine with the back attachment option. It comes with a seatbelt attachment too, for a safer car ride. If you're not sure on size, get one that's larger than you need. 

    Best Dog Harness for Small Dogs
    LupinePet Step-in Harness

    This non-restrictive harness keeps pressure off your dog's throat to keep their windpipe free and clear while walking. Testers loved the range of colors and patterns to suit any style. This harness might work best for smaller dogs, since it doesn't have a front leash clip to prevent pulling. 

    Best Long-Lasting Dog Harness
    LupinePet Roman Harness

    The non-restrictive design of this harness earned high marks from testers, who also liked the snazzy colors and patterns. While the way it fits can take some getting used to when putting it on your dog, testers reported it felt secure once on their pup. Its manufacturer also guarantees the harness — even if your dog chews on it. 

    Best Dog Harness for Long Walks
    Kurgo Journey Multi-Use Dog Harness

    True to its title, this multi-purpose harness will work great if you need to take your dog off the beaten path. Testers loved the soft mesh panels that chafed less than strappier versions, as well as the back handle for lifting your dog up when necessary. A sturdier construction than some cheaper harnesses will also go the distance, even after hitting the trails with Fido. 

    Best Gentle Dog Harness
    Puppia Soft Dog Harness
    Now 45% off

    Small dog owners may already know Puppia, which has earned an almost cult-like following for its soft, breathable dog harnesses. They also come in large dog sizes, but small or sensitive-skinned dogs love them because the softer fabric rubs and chafes less than nylon or versions with lots of straps. It's also easy to get on and off, perfect for wriggly pups

    Best Slip-on Dog Harness
    Voyager Step-In Air Dog Harness
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    Now 13% off

    This seamless style requires no fussing with straps or buckles, so you can get out the door quickly. Breathable mesh fabric won't trap heat or water as much as some heavier versions might, and a dual velcro and buckle closure adds security. Two reflective strips also help with visibility for evening walks. 

    Best Dog Harness for hiking
    Ruffwear Front Range Harness

    Made for long use, the front range harness has padded front and back panels for your dog's comfort over extended walks or hikes. A sturdy front loop leash attachment discourages pulling, while a back metal loop would work for dogs who don't yank your arm out. If you take your dog out on epic journeys, this harness will work for you — though be aware that the style can be a hard fit for dogs with a broad chest and narrow waist.

    Best Dog Harness for Visibility
    Eagloo No-Pull Dog Harness
    Now 32% off

    The bright colors and reflective strips on this harness lend visibility (don't worry, it also comes in black if you're a little more low-key), and slip-resistant straps mean the buckles will stay put after adjusting. A nylon vest makes it more comfortable, and it also comes with a back loop for strapping your pup into the car. 

    Best Dog Harness for Short-Haired Dogs
    Sporn No Pull Dog Harness

    With sherpa-covered straps that go under the dog's front legs, this mesh harness won't dig into your dog's sensitive spots. That makes it more appropriate for dogs with short or fine hair than models that may be scratchier on their skin. A step-in design makes it easy to use and the mesh panel stretches with your dog's body, to reduce friction. 

    Best Harness for Skinny Dogs
    Copatchy No Pull Reflective Adjustable Dog Harness

    Foam-filled mesh makes this harness comfortable even for small or thin dogs without a lot of natural padding, and adjustable straps ensure a secure fit. The breathable material also won't trap heat, making it a great choice for walking, running, hiking, or even puppy training. 

    Best Dog Harness with Handle
    Chai's Choice Outdoor Adventure Dog Harness
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    Chai's Choice

    The sturdy back handle on this dog harness allows you to grab your dog quickly and easily, whether out on the trails or playing on the beach. Both front and back leash attachment clips give you options when walking, and durable design means it'll last through your excursions. 

    Best Eco-Friendly Dog Harness
    EcoBark Control Dog Harness

    This double-layered mesh harness uses recycled materials for a more eco-friendly option. It's breathable, soft on your pet's skin, and it is fully adjustable. The harness is also made to sit higher on your pup's body for a great fit.

    Best Soft-Fabric Harness
    Didog Soft Flannel Padded Dog Vest Harness

    For a plusher walking experience, consider a flannel-lined harness like this one. The adjustable straps are fully lined with cushy material that will help prevent rubbing and chafing, even on short-haired dogs. It also comes with a money-back guarantee if your furry friend doesn't love his new attire. 

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