Aug
08
2016

Harness vs. Leash: Protecting your Pup

Harness vs. Leash: Protecting your PupThe benefits of regular exercise are critical for your dog. The mental and emotional advantages of establishing a regular walking routine with their owner significantly impact’s your dog’s health. With that said, many owners use a standard collar clip to attach their dog’s leash. However, the debate over the collar and harness is one to be taken seriously. As the constant actions of pulling and being pulled can cause health complications for your dog, read on to reduce your Dog Owner Liability and keep your pup protected.

The wear and tear of your dog’s muscles are similar to any human’s. As Jt Clough, author, dog trainer, and inter-species life coach explains, “It really became apparent looking at her X-rays. If you’re pulling on that all the time… They withstand it a lot differently than we do, but their ligaments, their bones, and the way they’re put together, the wear and tear is the same. You can only pull on something, or jerk on something, so many times before it has a life-long effect.”

Depending on your dog’s instincts, pulling might be in their genetics. For example, scent-driven and physically strong breeds are more likely to pull and cause long term strain on their necks and backs. However, in using a harness, you can control your dog better and also reduce the pressure on their bodies. Keep in mind that excessive pressure for the dog on its neck or cervical [vertebrae] can cause so many issues related to whiplash lameness, says Tricia Montgomery, founder and CEO of K9 Fit Club in an interview with Dogster.

There are many sizes, styles and options to choose from when picking out a harness. However, as long as it fits snuggly around your dog’s chest, that’s all you need. The inexpensive options start at about $12 and will significantly improve your control over your dog. Therefore, you can reduce the liability of your dog potentially getting into a fight with another, manage his behavior, and improve his overall health.

There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.

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