- Pets and Animals
A harness for every dog
Which harness is right for your small dog?
At our shop, Golly Gear, we get more questions about small dog harnesses than any other product. As more veterinarians recommend harnesses, rather than collars, for walking dogs, people have trouble finding the right size, style, and fit for their dogs' individual needs. There is a perfect harness for every small dog - and we'll help you find it!
When shopping for your small dog's harness, consider what problems you want the harness to solve. Function and fit are the most important considerations. It doesn't hurt if the harness looks adorable, either!
Shopping for the right harness for your dog?
There's a harness to address almost any consideration. Is your dog:
- the sporty type? The Comfortflex Sport Harness could be just her style!
- ready for adventure? With the EzyDog Harness your pup is ready to hit the trail.
- pulling you down the street? You may need an EasyWalk Harness.
- the toughest character on the block? What little dog doesn't need the Spiked Leather Harness?
- choking or prone to a collapsing trachea? You have some options, including the:
Poochie Step-in harness,
Daba-Doo Step-In Harness,
or the patented Choke-Free Shoulder Collar.
- an escape artist? You'll need the Wrap-N-Go, or the Harness Lead.
- going everywhere with you? You need a Vest Harness to keep her safe in the car
- a classic? The leather H-Style harness, is as traditional as it gets - including an old-style buckle.
Choke Free Shoulder Collar
The Shoulder Collar circles the dog around the shoulders - never contacting the dog's neck or throat, a genuinely no-choke design. It even has a U.S. patent.
It's also one of the simplest to use - the dog's front feet go in the holes, the ends of the harness go up over the dog's back and stick together with industrial-strength hook-and-loop closures. The D-ring for the leash feeds up through a slit in the top end, doubly securing the dog when the leash is attached.
The new Comfort Harness is the first vest-type harness we've seen with a v-neck - designed to prevent choking. Easily adjusts around the dog and easy to use.
ComfortFlex Sport Harness
The ComfortFlex Sport Harness is among our favorites for active and/or broad-chested dogs. Its ergonomic design allows for a full range of motion and any pressure from pulling is distributed by a sturdy strap that leads to a loop away from the dog's back with a ring to attach a leash.
Among the easiest harnesses to use - simply put over the dog's head and attach the girth strap with a pinch clasp.
How to put on the ComfortFlex Sport Harness
EzyDog Harness with seatbelt attachment
The EzyDog® Harness has a padded, conformable "chest plate" to minimize pressure at any single point, without too much coverage to make your dog hot. Comes with a Seat Belt attachment that can be used in any vehicle to keep your dog in place, and also is a comfortable walking harness.
The EasyWalk Harness
The EasyWalk Harness is one of the original, no-pull harnesses. With the leash ring in the front, at the dog's chest, any pulling is directed toward you, rather than to the front. We're not exactly sure why it works, but we've seen instant results. The EasyWalk requires proper adjustment, so includes a pamphlet with complete instructions.
The Harness Lead
The Harness Lead is an innovative solution for people whose dogs either attempt to escape from their harnesses, or who pull incessantly on walks.
Rather than choking the dog, the one-piece Harness Lead gently tightens around the dog's rib cage when the dog either pulls or tries to back up, keeping him securely and comfortably at your side.
The Harness Lead should be adjusted the first time it's used - after that it's ready to go. It's easier to show than explain, so we made a video showing how to put on the Harness Lead (below.)
How to use the Harness Lead
Spiked Leather Harness
Just for fun - or for your dog's protection, the Spiked Harness featured spikes on both the chest plate and the back strap. Originally developed to protect hunting and/or protection dogs, Spiked Harnesses are now more of a fashion statement - available in Pink, Blue, and Black.
Soft Harness by Puppia
The Soft Harness by Puppia is one of the original vest harnesses, designed to provide comfort and ease of movement. The Soft Harness avoids the dog's "armpit" - preventing chafing that may result from using straps-only harnesses.
Poochee Step-in Harness
The Poochee Cloth Step-in Harness is a simple, practical, easy-to-use harness that adjusts perfectly every time it's used. Just pull the sliders up, put your dog's front paws through the openings, bring the leash up and adjust the sliders. With the attached leash, it's an all-in-one solution for everyday "walkies."
Fully-adjustable, light and strong, this Step-in Harnesses by Daba Doo is a classic step-in, with one, visible, pinch-clasp closure. Once adjusted, all you have to do is open the harness fully, place one front foot in each opening, grab the sides of the buckle and close it at the dog's shoulder blades. Dual leash rings keep the dog doubly secure.
The Active Dog Harness!
The Active Dog Harness by Dogo is a casual, and practical harness for our little dogs. It's also one of the very few vest-type harnesses that adjusts at the neck, as well as adjusting at the chest, or girth.
When it's a casual jeans day, your little dog can have his own jeans - red or blue denim. There's even a tiny pocket.
Striped Vest Harness
The Striped Vest is a bit of light coverage for any weather. Made of light-weight canvas, Striped Vest is adjusts with hook-and-loopstrips and secures with a buckle on the back with 2 leash rings over it. The Striped Vest functions like a little jacket, with the security of a harness built in.
The EasyGo Harness
The EasyGo Harness by Dogo is a soft, simple, vest-type harness.
The EasyGo adjusts with sliders for a custom fit every time you use it - without the hassle of buckles and straps. It goes over the dog's head, put the dog's front legs through, pinch the slider closed, and you're ready to go.
The VestHarness is both a walking harness and a car harness. The back strap is split to accommodate any seatbelt sliding right through for security. The vest portion is lightly lined in fleece to minimize chafing for dogs who may be "fur-challenged."
Traditional H-Style Leather Harness
Many people prefer a standard harness for their dogs.
The H-Style Harness is a classic - goes over the head, buckles around the dog (with a regular, metal belt-buckle). Nothing fancy. But a good option for people who like a clean look, or prefer a leather harness, or who have arthritis in their hand.