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The Best Harness for a Pug

Updated on December 9, 2013

Why Get a Harness?

Pugs can be headstrong little dogs. They love to pull and tug on their leashes, and they can be very stubborn. Especially while they are still training their pug, some owners like to feel confident that their pug's throat isn't being injured by the pulling on the leash. Although pugs also do well with collars, the pressure gets distributed along the shoulders when they wear a harness, while it is concentrated at the throat with collars.

Harness Benefits

Harnesses can be great for pug dogs because they are more comfortable than collars. They can also help during training because many of them are "no-pull," meaning that the leash connects in front. If the dog tries to run ahead, the leash will pull him around so he faces you.

I personally think that the Puppia brand makes a great choice because it is so soft and won't chafe or rub on your pug's skin. They also come in many stylish colors, so the pugs and look sweet and charming.

Though they sometimes wear small sizes, A pug should usually wear a medium or even large sized harness, because their chests are so broad. Before you buy a harness online, you should take your pug's measurements and compare it to the sizing guidelines for the specific harness. You should also take into account how adjustible the harness is, how much your pug weighs, and whether he or she is fully grown.

Favorite Pug Harnesses

Feel Free to vote or add your own favorite harness for a pug!

Harness Fashion Show

There are lots of colors and styles of harnesses. This might give you some ideas for puppy fashion. Besides, the puggies look like the're having so much fun!

Any opinions on harnesses and pugs? Anything I missed? Did this lens help you find the harness of your dreams? I would love to hear what you have to say!

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      5 years ago

      @gvannorman1969: yep. When they pull on a collar it can damage their trachea and it also puts pressure on the eyes. Just like if someone chokes you, you're gonna feel the pressure build behind your eyes. Pugs have very shallow eye sockets so this pressure is very dangerous for them. They are also prone to trachea. collapse. I would ask anyone with pugs to PLEASE, NEVER EVER attach a leash to a collar on a pug. I don't think its right to choke any dog with a collar but especially not a pug. Please get a harness and use it for attaching the leash to... a collar should be for ID tags only. I have had good luck with the Four Paws brand.. they are well built and easy on the wallet. I bought a puppia harness and the plastic buckle broke a couple of days after I bought it. The Gooby Freedom harness i loved But if your pug pulls it's not a good choice, the D ring doesn't hold up to a persistent, pulling pug ;)

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      6 years ago

      We have two pugs and by far the best harness for them is the Puppia range. We know many pug people and I think the majority if not all would agree. They are soft yet supportive and unlike a collar, allows pugs to breath even when pulling. The only worrying thing about Puppia is that there are many fakes out there, that aren't good quality harnesses and because people can buy these in at a cheaper price, they can also sell at much cheaper prices! My advice would be to buy from an independent retailer that sells real Puppia and avoid eBay and Amazon. We have had many customers visit our shop and notice the difference in quality straight away, 9 times out of 10 you get what you pay for and as they say buy cheap, buy twice. This is not a sales pitch, just some friendly advice. We not only love pugs but all dog breeds and we believe that harnesses are definitely a must for any owner!

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      6 years ago

      I love my pug. I bought one of those mesh harnesses as seen on tv for him. It tried other harnesses but they just didn't seem to fit him right. Now he just loves to go for walks. Also, I believe that I read somewhere that a collar can cause a Pugs eyes to pop right out of the socket.

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      Alexandra Douglas 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Good job

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      6 years ago

      We give this lens a paws up! Good information on pugs. Thanks!!!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 

      7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      My little pug is almost 13 years old, so she no longer pulls on the leash, but walks sedately beside me. But when she was a puppy we should have had a harness, because she was so excited to get to the next adventure (or person to pay attention to her) that she did pull some. Pugs are little clowns and will perform for an audience, and they are absolutely adorable. I love this lens, and I see you have other pug oriented lenses, which I will be back to read. Blessed.

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      7 years ago

      My mother in laws friend has a pug and they are alaw unto themselves! This is a lovely lens and informative!

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      7 years ago


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      7 years ago

      I never liked harnesses until I actually tried one. Really effective. Thanks for the page.


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