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  • Most Common Dog Walking Harnesses

    by Talley Lattimore

    Most dogs will need to wear a harness when you walk them. Choosing the right harness will make both you and your pup more comfortable when out walking. Even the best behaved dogs will sometimes pull when out on a walk. The right harness for your dog can prevent pulling and can avoid putting any stress or pressure on your dog’s neck.  After over 100,000 dog walks, we’ve gathered data on the most common dog walking harnesses used by our walkers and customers.

    A french bull dog wearing a step in harness.

    Harnesses Used By Our Dog Walkers

    The real experts when it comes to harnesses are professional dog walkers.  We surveyed our walkers to find out which harnesses they encounter most on their customers’ dog walks and the results were as follows:

    1. Step-in Harnesses
    2. EZ-Walk Harnesses
    3. Martingale Collars
    4. Prong Collars
    5. Gentle Leaders

    Step-in harnesses and EZ-Walk harnesses were far and away the most popular. These harnesses are both designed to relieve pressure and come in many sizes so dogs of most breeds can where them. Meanwhile, Gentle Leaders and Prong Collars (also known as pinch collars) were the least common. In fact, almost 90% of Barkly Pets walkers have used a Step-In harness on a walk and 3 in 4 have used an EZ-Walk. Just 1 in 4 have used a Gentle Leader.

    Different Dog Harnesses by Location

    When we break the results down by city there are some other interesting trends. Most notably, EZ-Walk harnesses and Prong Collars are very popular in Baltimore. Since these are commonly used with bigger dogs, this suggests that dogs tend to be bigger in Baltimore. Check back for more on that later.  Meanwhile, Step-In harnesses and Gentle Leaders are more common in Washington, DC and New York City.

    If you need help choosing a harness for your dog, check out our helpful breakdown here.

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