How Do You Use a No Pull Dog Harness? [Step By Step w Video]

  1. Unbuckle the harness and slip it over your dog’s head. The contrasting loop needs to go on top.
  2. Position the harness underneath your dog’s legs and then adjust the harness around the chest. You should find that there’s a sweet spot it fits best on.
  3. Once you have it in place, the leash should be attached to the ring that’s on the control loop. Whenever your dog pulls forward, the control loop will tighten the harness and prevent them from going the way that they want to.
  4. If the dog tries to back out of the harness, then it will tighten in the other direction very lightly. That should be more than enough to keep him or her from going the other way.
  5. As soon as you have the harness in place, all you normally need to do is walk your dog like you regularly would. The harness itself will keep them moving in the right direction.

Getting there can be a challenge, though. You might want to take your dog to a quiet place to practice like the Company of Animals experts show in this video:

Reward your dog whenever they walk without pulling, so they get used to doing this. Build up to longer walks over time, even in places where your dog might normally pull a bit harder.

A well-fit harness should rest securely around your dog’s chest. You can tighten the harness by pushing some of the webbing through a slide bar.

Every situation is different and you’ll want to adjust the harness accordingly. Friendly Dog Collars showed how dogs that pull a lot often need a little extra work in this department:

How Does a No Pull Dog Harness Work?

When you begin walking after clipping a leash to the front ring of a no pull harness, your dog physically has to stay alongside of you if he or she wants to keep moving forward. When your dog starts to pull, the leash goes off to the side.

Since it’s not going straight back, your dog simply can’t pull. The sensation that your dog is moving in the wrong direction then redirects him or her back toward you.

This increases the level of control and guidance you have over your dog. If you’re not able to get your dog moving in the right direction instantly, then you should still be able to bring a dog back to your side by applying just a minimum of pressure.

This eliminates the whole cycle of back and forth pulling that you’ve probably experienced when trying to walk a dog in any other circumstances!

Unlike most other kinds of harnesses, a no pull one has two sets of rings so that your dog can only really experience forward movement in one direction. This also means that they don’t do much in the way of active correction.

As a result, you needn’t worry anywhere near as much about your dog getting choked by one! That being said, you’ll still want to take some time to get him or her comfortable with it.

How Do I Get My Dog Comfortable with a No Pull Harness?

Adjust the straps before you ever slip it on your dog the first time. Accidentally pinching or squishing your dog is going to him or her a bad first impression.

Young dogs should be introduced to buckling and clippings sounds before you ever put a harness on them. Take a few moments to clip and un-clip the clasp before you actually try to put it on a puppy.

This sound can be really scary if they’ve never heard it before, but doing this just a few times should be enough to get them used to the idea. Eventually, your dog shouldn’t have too much of an issue with it.

More than likely, you’ll need to do some tweaking once you have the harness slipped on. A majority of dogs aren’t going to be too cooperative with this, but praising and eventually treating your dog may be a good idea.

If your dog just isn’t comfortable with the idea of walking with a no pull harness, then you might want to just slip it on at first and let your dog move around in it with no leash. This could help get them used to the idea of using it and, over time, you might be able to get them to be a little more cooperative.

Can I Leave My Dog’s No Pull Harness On All Day?

No, you shouldn’t ever leave your dog’s no pull harness on all day. Unless you’re going on some kind of adventure where you need it to walk your dog for the whole time, you can’t keep it on for too long.

It’s extremely uncomfortable for a dog to wear any kind of harness all the time. Even the most padded and properly fitted harness can start to become annoying if it’s left on a dog’s back for too long.

Wet harnesses can be the most problematic. If your dog is wearing a harness that’s become wet, then you want to take it off whenever it’s convenient and safe to do so.

Leaving one on for too long, especially if it’s wet, can eventually lead to infection. The straps or bars from the harness can eventually start to make sores on your dog’s body, which in turn can become a disease vector.

Worst of all, leaving a harness on for that long just plain hurts. I’m sure that you wouldn’t want to wear the same article of clothing for any extended period of time!

In many cases, the same goes for a leash, collar and any other piece of equipment that you might have on your dog. You want to take everything off, even if just at home occasionally, when you’re not in public so your dog has a chance to rest and recover.