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You might be wondering, why doesn’t any harness just work?
Well, any harness might work, however, that doesn’t mean it will be the ideal harness for your Frenchie.
Too loose of a harness, and your Frenchie might be able to squeeze their way out of it.
If the harness is too tight, it won’t be comfortable and might actually cause your Frenchie a bit of pain/discomfort.
What to look for in a harness
With so many harnesses available, it can be hard to notice the differences.
Keep an eye out for these characteristics when deciding on a harness for your Frenchie.
- A proper fit
- Front clip harness (if your Frenchie pulls on the leash a lot)
1. Proper fit
First things first, the harness must fit your Frenchie properly.
Your harness should be snug, but not too tight.
You definitely don’t want a harness that is so loose that your Frenchie can just slide out of it, but you don’t want a harness so tight that it starts to hurt your Frenchie.
When looking for a harness, the most important factor is a proper fit. Once you’ve got the right fit, then you can start to worry about things such as the comfort and durability of the material
Once you’ve figured out what size harness your Frenchie needs, you can start to worry about the harness’s comfort features.
You might be able to get away with a sub-par harness when just walking around the block, however, your Frenchie will definitely appreciate the upgrade on longer walks.
Signs of an uncomfortable harness
- Abnormal walking
- Hair loss where harness touches their body
- Armpit chafing
- Back piece rotates from side to side
- Choke-free design
Most harnesses will last for at least a year, if not many years… as long as your Frenchie doesn’t get their teeth around it!
While durability isn’t a problem with most harnesses I’ve used, it’s good to know that you’re getting your money’s worth on a premium harness.
4. Front Clip
If your Frenchie pulls on the leash, a front-clip harness might help by discouraging the tugging.
I would advise you only to use the front-clip harness as a tool to train your Frenchie to stop pulling on the leash, rather than relying on it as a crutch.