How to Make a Simple No-Pull Dog Harness from Things You May Already Have
A No-Pull Harness Is VERY Easy to Make
If you have a pulling dog, you know how much of a pain it is to bring the no-pull devices with you wherever you go. If you take your dog off leash, you then have to carry the device or make the dog wear it while he's playing. No-pull devices, while necessary for many dogs, can sometimes be a hassle.
Fortunately, it's easy to make a no-pull harness using just your dog's leash and collar, along with a small piece of hardware you can use as a keychain when it's not on your dog.
It's convenient and easy!
You will need:
- a leash (6' or longer, depending on the dog) made of soft material
- a collar for your dog
- a heavy-duty carbiner-type clip (not the lightweight keychain kind)
Notes: In a perfect world, the leash would be broken-in soft leather. You can get carbiner-type clips at the hardware store for about $2.50. Mine was weight-tested for 100 lbs., and my dog is 50 lbs.
Attach the clip to the ring on the collar.
Put the collar on the dog, with the clip in the center of its back, between the shoulder blades.
Clip the leash to the collar ring as you normally would.
Wrap the lead around the dog's chest, behind his front paws.
Open the clip and put the lead through it.
Hold the end of the leash and take the dog for a walk.
If the dog pulls, the leash will tighten around his torso. Most dogs reflexively slow down when this happens.
Why this is awesome:
- You don't need to carry a harness with you. Just keep the clip on your keychain in case you need it.
- Great if you're a shelter employee or a dog-walker, you're given a pulling dog to handle, and you don't have an anti-pulling device
- Good back-up plan if your dog gets a little worked up at the animal hospital
- Keeps dogs from backing out of their collars if scared, surprised, or just adventurous
- A soft leash is essential to preventing chafing behind the legs
- If your dog seems uncomfortable or pulls so hard that he might damage himself, do not use this
- Make sure the carbiner has a weight limit that exceeds your dog's weight
- Do not use this for tie-out
- Do not leave your dog unsupervised
- Ideally, dogs should be trained not to pull, and a no-pull harness is no substitute for proper training (that being said, it's a LOT easier to train some dogs than others, and I feel your pain).