May 30, 2020 2 min read

Harness or collar? A short guide for you and your dog

The right type of equipment depends on how you use it and on your dog's temperament. Here’s a short guide.



  • Collars are suitable for dogs that walk well on the leash.
  • Easy to leash up and will not restrict movement.
  • The right size: Two fingers should fit under the collar. It should be wide enough to provide good pressure distribution.
  • Often offers long-haired dogs more comfort than harnesses, which can lead to matting and knots.
  • Warning: If your dog rides with you in the car, always secure him with a special safety harness for cars!


  • The main advantage of a dog harness: It shifts the pull point to the chest area and is, therefore, particularly suitable for dogs that pull on the leash.
  • It should neither restrict movement in the shoulders nor rub against the armpits. Plus, the harness should not sit too high on the transition area from chest to neck.
  • Good padding ensures a comfortable fit.
  • Available in many styles: Roman, Step-in, No-Pull. Choose one that you can put on and adjust easily.

If your dog is not easy on the leash, we recommend the harness first. Here is an illustration what sensitive part the neck is:



The right leash for your dog

The jack-of-all-trades among dog leashes is the four- to six-foot leash. Adjustable leashes are practical. Retractable leashes are suitable for a wider range of motion. Free range leashes are ideal for training. The dog drags, for example, a 30-foot leash behind him, which gives you the possibility to stop unwanted behavior. Important: Never attach free range leashes to the collar, always to the harness.



Nylon is flexible, durable, and machine-washable, and dries quickly. One advantage of leather is that it lasts long, but it also needs some care (leather salve). BioThane works well in free range leashes. It is water and tear resistant and easy to clean.


By BOLLI LLC  I  May 30, 2020  I  I  Follow