Compare Gentle & Effective No-Pull Dog Training Devices from Pet Expertise

11/08/2016
by Jessica Rollins

By Jess Rollins
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In order to help every dog and person have an enjoyable walk, we offer a variety of gentle and tested to be effective no-pull solutions. However, with this variety comes confusion on which product to choose!

Our owner and dog trainer, Jess Rollins, compares and contrasts our No-Pull harnesses, collars and leashes to help you select the best option for you and your pooch.

Of course, no device is a substitute for training! How to Teach Your Dog to Walk Nicely on the Leash.

Product

Pros

Cons

Freedom No-Pull Harness

Freedom No-Pull Harness

Beautifully made, with velvet lining on the belly strap to prevent chafing.

Optional double-ended matching leash is available.

Multi-functional: Can be used as a regular harness or a no-pull harness.

The back attachment tightens somewhat when the dog pulls, which can help prevent pulling as well as escape.

Lots of great colors.

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. For these dogs we recommend that you attach the leash to both the back and the front or use a head halter.

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet when attached to the chest.

Not recommended for running with your dog when attached to the chest.

The velvet can absorb liquids and get dirty. (It is washable though!).

Wildebeest Linden No-Pull Harness

Linden No-Pull Harness

Unique design of the front-attachment strap prevents gapping and shifting.

High quality, durable construction.

Matching leashes and collars available.

Unlikely to chafe your dog.

Reflective detailing.

Made in the USA of USA materials.

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet.

Not recommended for running with your dog.

Rarely causes chaffing on dogs with very short coats. Works great with our new Strap Wraps!

Balance No-Pull Harness, 6-Way Adjustable

Balance Harness

Whole Dog Journal's top rating!

Every strap is adjustable.

Multi-functional: Can also be used as a regular harness!

Made in the USA of USA materials.

Doesn't restrict your dog's shoulder movement.

Unlikely to chafe.

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet. (unless attached to the back).

Not recommended for running with your dog. (unless attached to the back).

Rarely causes chaffing on dogs with very short coats. Works great with our new Strap Wraps!

3 in 1 Harness from Petsafe

3 in 1 Harness

 5-way adjustability!

Multi-functional: Can also be used as a regular harness or to restrain your dog in the car (although it is not crash tested),

Doesn't restrict your dog's shoulder movement.

Padded

Reflective detail

Fun colors

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet (unless attached to the back).

Not recommended for running with your dog. (unless attached to the back).

Walk Your Dog with Love No-Pull Harness

Walk Your Dog with Love No-Pull Harness

Easy to fit, put on and take off.

Flexible sizing.

Water resistant.

Reflective detailing.

Made in the USA of USA materials.

Chest strap lies higher across the dogs chest so it doesn't restrict your dog's shoulder movement.

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet.

Not recommended for running with your dog.

Rarely causes chaffing on dogs with very short coats. Works great with our new Strap Wraps!

Easy Walk No-Pull Harness

Available for very small dogs.

Economical.

Also available in a Deluxe version which is padded.
And the Chic version in fun patterns

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet.

Not recommended for running with your dog.

Can cause chaffing on dogs with very short coats. Works great with our new Strap Wraps! or you can choose the Deluxe version which has padding.

Some dogs escape from this harness. We recommend that you attach your leash to both the front clip of the harness and a collar ring.

Halti Harness

The straps are away from the dog's armpits and the padding helps prevent shifting and chaffing.

Flexible sizing.

Economical.

The collar clip is a great security measure.

Multi-functional: Can also be used as a regular harness!

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet when attached to the chest.

Not recommended for running with your dog when attached to the chest.

In our usage we found that the straps would loosen over time. To remedy this, simply place a stitch through the straps once you have it adjusted to your liking.

Kurgo Car Harness
with No-Pull
Front Ring!


Awesome multi-functionality! Can be used as a exercise harness, car harness and no-pull harness!

Very strong and durable.

Comfortable design that is easy to put on.

May not be quite as effective as other no pull harnesses such as the ones above (we are still testing).

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet when attached to the chest.

Not recommended for running with your dog when attached to the chest.

Can cause chaffing on dogs with very short coats. Works great with our new Strap Wraps!

Ruffwear Front Range Padded Harness with No-Pull Ring

Front Range Dog Harness

Multi-functional: Can be used as a exercise harness and no-pull harness.

Comfortable, padded design that is easy to put on.

Lots of great extra features and Ruffwear quality.

May not be quite as effective as other no pull harnesses such as the ones above (we are still testing).

A few dogs are so strong or aggressive that a front attachment harness is not enough control. Those dogs do best in a head halter (and training!).

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet when attached to the chest.

Not recommended for running with your dog when attached to the chest.

ThunderLeash
No Pull Leash / Harness


Easily converts from a regular leash to a no pull harness.

Easy to put on.

Very durable.

Does not turn the dog's shoulders or put pressure on any joints.

May not be quite as effective as other no pull harnesses such as the ones above (we are still testing).

Does put a small amount of pressure on the throat for some dogs.

Halti Optifit Padded Head Collar

Halti Optifit Head Collar for Dogs

Head halters are best for very strong pullers and aggressive dogs since it gives control of the head.

The shape of the HALTI Optifit head halter makes it comfortable for most dogs and it has more adjustability that others we have tried so it can work with even short nosed dogs. It also has some nice security features such as a collar link and reflective detail.

Very easy to put on and to fit.

Great price and good quality.

Takes some training (like all head collars) for most dogs to get used to it.

Possible concern about straining the neck if the dog lunges strongly into the collar.

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet.

Comfort Trainer Head Halter

Comfort Trainer Halter

Head halters are best for very strong pullers and aggressive dogs since it gives control of the head.

The shape of this halter makes it comfortable for most dogs.

Extremely easy to put on and to fit.

Takes some training (like all head collars) for most dogs to get used to it.

Possible concern about straining the neck if the dog lunges strongly into the collar.

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet.

The chin portion is not adjustable like the Halti Optifit.

Gentle Leader
Head Halter Deluxe Kit

Head halters are best for very strong pullers and aggressive dogs since it gives control of the head.

Padded nose strap in fun prints.

Takes some training (like all head collars) for most dogs to get used to it.

Possible concern about straining the neck if the dog lunges strongly into the collar.

Not recommended for use with a leash longer than 6 feet.

Some dogs find the clip under the chin to be uncomfortable and prefer a design like the Halti Optifit or Comfort Trainer.

Bungee Leashes

Only our Xtreme Leashes or Leash Shock Absorber are strong enough to effectively reduce pulling.

These work well in addition to one of the above harnesses / collars or for dogs that don't pull very much, or the pulling is only occasional.

Your dog may not learn to stop pulling, but the pulling will feel less strong.

May feel like you have less control over your dog until you get used to how much the bungee stretches.

Curious about other no-pull devices that aren't listed above? Check out our article, Comparison of No-Pull Devices.

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Thanks for reading and I hope you choose to support our small business with your purchase or by sharing this information with your friends!

~ Jess, Owner and Dog Trainer

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