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Best dog harnesses for 2019

By Tom Morgan

Shopping for a new dog harness? We've tried out some of the most popular picks around, paying close attention to safety and comfort.

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A dog harness gives you more control over your pet than a traditional collar, also reducing strain on the animal's neck. In our expert guide, we round up the best dog harnesses worth taking a closer look at, whatever your budget.

Whether you're dealing with a mischievous puppy that needs training, or an older dog that finds traditional collars restrictive, a dog harness can prove to be an effective alternative.

To help you pick the perfect dog harness for your pet, we've tried out some of the most popular options on our own dogs. We've also teamed up with the Blue Cross animal centre to offer some advice on how to fit a dog harness - check our video for some top tips.

Without taking a look at our first look reviews, you run the risk of buying a dog harness that's uncomfortable for your pet. While the best we've seen will guarantee a hassle-free walkies, others are awkward to put on.

Meet our dog harness testers 

To help us try out dog harnesses from some of the biggest pet brands around, we've enlisted a trio of tail-wagging testers.

 

With some help from Daisy, Milo and Toby, we've been able to put a range of dog harnesses through their paces. For each model in our table below, we've paid close attention to ease of fitting, durability and comfort.

The best dog harnesses for 2019 

If you're shopping for a dog harness and want to know which options to consider, take a look at our tables below. We've put 11 harnesses through their paces, from big-name brands including Julius K9, Perfect Fit, The Company of Animals and PetSafe.

The most expensive harness we tested costs around £45, but we've also had hands (and paws) on cheaper options starting at just £3.

Below, you can see our top picks table. Scroll down to see our round-up of what we thought of the other dog harnesses we tried out.

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Dog harnesses

  Perfect Fit What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £34

Medium £38

Large £44

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  Ruffwear What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £36.99

Medium £44

Large £44.95

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  Julius K9 What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £19.99

Medium £26.99

Large £26.99

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  Bunty - Adjustable Nylon Dog Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £2.99

Medium £3.99

Large £4.99

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  Trixie - Premium Touring Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £6.99

Medium £8.99

Large £12.36

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  PetSafe - Easy Walk Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Front clip harness

Small £7.99

Medium £9.55

Large £10.66

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  The Company of Animals - Halti Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Front & back clip harness

Small £9.08

Medium £8.99

Large £12.11

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  The Company of Animals - Non-pull Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £9.99

Medium £9.99

Large £9.99

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  Bunty - Adjustable Soft Fabric Harness Vest What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £2.99

Medium £3.99

Large £4.99

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  Ancol - Nylon Padded Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £7

Medium £8.99

Large £10.99

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  Mikki - WalkRite Anti-pull Harness What's it good at? Is there anything I should watch out for?

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Type: Back clip harness

Small £8.73

Medium £10.99

Large £10.92

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How to fit a dog harness 

We teamed up with the Blue Cross to put together a video to help you fit a dog harness. From how to train your dog to get used to a harness, from what a good fit looks like, our video's got you covered.

Many thanks to the Blue Cross dog behaviourist, Ryan Neile, and his lovely border collie, Tok.

Want to know how to pick the perfect harness for a puppy, or the key differences between a front clip and back clip harness? Our guide on how to choose the best dog harness reveals all.

Thank you

We'd like to thank Blue Cross animal charity, Wood Green, The Animals Charity and Pine Ridge Dog Sanctuary for helping us create this guide.
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