Auroth Tactical Large Dog Harness
Last updated date: July 23, 2020
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In our analysis of 33 expert reviews, the Auroth Auroth Tactical Large Dog Harness placed 7th when we looked at the top 7 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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From The Manufacturer
Put on and take off this product with 2 quick-release buckles with no hassle. 4 fully adjustable straps (2 Shoulder and 2 Chest) allow a snug fit with maximum mobility.
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An Overview On Large Dog Harnesses
Most of the time, dogs are easy to love. Feeling their head on our laps is instantly relaxing, and their enthusiasm is infectious when it’s playtime around the house.
But that enthusiasm can be a little exhausting — and potentially dangerous — when it comes time to walk especially willful dogs. That goes double for larger breeds, which is why owners might want to ditch that old-fashioned collar in favor of a harness.
Why a harness? There are a lot of reasons why dog owners (and most dog trainers) prefer these more full-bodied restraints when it’s time to take a walk. The main advantage, though, is safety. When you try to hold back an excitable dog, your dog collar pulls on one spot and one spot only: Their windpipe. Some dogs may take the hint quickly that such pulling will be painful, but some will not — and it’s never a good idea to associate punishment with a necessary daily routine.
When your dog is in a well-designed harness, the force of your pull typically gets distributed along the chest and back, allowing you to control him or her without hurting them. That’s because unlike a collar, a harness might go on over the midsection and front legs in a variety of ways depending on the design. As a bonus, many harnesses are fitted by slipping the paws into openings and buckling or strapping it on over the back. That can be a godsend for pups who don’t like the sensation of a collar being squeezed on over their ears.
There are actually a variety of harness types, each one with their strengths depending on your dog’s size and temperament. The most common kind is a vest harness, which is made of some kind of mesh or mildly stretchable material. It goes on much like a piece of clothing, fitting over the front part of the dog’s chest and front legs. It’s generally the most comfortable style, and the wider distribution of material means that it won’t chafe as much on the legs and chest. Depending on the placement of the leash, it may not be the best for dogs that pull frequently, but it will still be miles better than a standard collar.
There’s also a webbed harness, which tends to be less expensive. This is basically just a series of straps that distribute the weight of your leash pull in much the same way as a vest harness. Depending on the design, it may be easier to put on your dog and is somewhat less restrictive, but you’ll still probably want to take it off between walks.
A less common option is the head halter, which doesn’t go on over the dog’s midsection but is placed over the neck while another strap goes over the top of the nose. Some may allow you to actually muzzle your pet. In either case these harnesses are an option for people with especially unruly or excitable dogs, or owners who don’t have the strength to pull them. The idea is that dogs don’t have as much strength in their neck, so it takes less force to hold them back. You may want to consult with a vet or other pet expert before buying one, though. Some dogs may not respond well to the fitting, and improper use can injure the animal.
Harnesses have a particular advantage in that they allow more places for the leash to attach. With vest or webbed harnesses, your main options will be leash rings on the back or chest. Many will have both.
Clipping the leash on the back will be the most common way to go for many dog owners. It’s easy to attach, and it seems intuitive since the leash will be out of the way if your dog walks beside you or ahead of you. For most dogs, this will indeed work just fine: If your dog pulls, the weight will distribute any pressure evenly, lessening the chance of chafing.
For some dogs, though, a front-leading clip that attaches at the chest can work wonders. Many dogs have an instinct to pull against any resistance, and a front lead works against that by simply encouraging the dog to turn. This type of lead doesn’t work for every breed, and might take a bit of getting used to. There’s a higher chance of the leash getting tangled in the front legs, for example.
Finally, consider both the durability of the material and how easily you can adjust it to fit your dog. That goes double if your pet is likely to grow a few sizes. You’ll use your harness several times a day, after all. Make sure it will last.
DWYM Fun Fact
The first dog harnesses were likely used by the Inuit people of Northern Canada, who were practicing dog sledding as early as 1980 B.C. Dog sleds were an effective way to get around the harsh snowy terrain, and are still in use today – most famously in the Iditarod, a 1000-mile sled race from Anchorage to Nome, Alaska. It commemorates a famous run in which sled dogs were used to transport life-saving antitoxin during an outbreak of diptheria.
The Large Dog Harness Buying Guide
You can choose a great harness, but let’s face it: Your dog is the one who will decide if it’s right for them. If you have a pet that’s skittish about restraints, introduce them to it slowly, allowing them to smell it and perhaps even breaking out a treat or two the first few times that you put it on. Before you take your dog walking in their new harness, make sure that the fit is snug but not too tight. A good harness is supposed to spare your dog any chafing or choking, but a loose fit can cause friction all on its own.