Mo Rita is a mom, a teacher, a pet owner, and a self-proclaimed artist. She writes a humor blog, Fries With Mayo, about these topics.
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).
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
CJ on April 28, 2020:
Thank you so much. My dog chewed up her store bought harness. This should work great!
aOk9itsok9 on October 19, 2018:
This is based on the”shepherds wrap” which you can do with just a leash and no clip same idea.I really wish I had a picture of It its sinple to leash normally to the collar thene you take the leash and you basically cross the leash under the dog ribs and through the already attached leash that's on top of the dog its under and through and andnholdnthe loop in your hand thats it ( Attached collar leash goes underneath dog back over dogs shoulders where the leashes attached underneath the leash and that’s it pull the loop when you’re ready to walk attached collar leash goes underneath dog back over dogs shoulders where the leashes attached underneath the leash and that’s it hold the the loop of leash you’re ready to walk. If the dog pulls it just wraps them tighter will be using its streght to limit its movement. This lets you have some breathing room until its time to calm down and get focused on you .Use.this in an emergencie when you’re Unablen to stop your dog.This works any time something comes up anytime the dog reacts and needs to be tied safety so that it won’t escape and you can walk With control away drom the stimulus. I would just Google shepherds wrap or Shepherd Tie. Again this is just for temporary use when you don’t have a way to calm your dog down on a walk. The clip is a great idea and I keep forgetting some of the simplest tools are at Ace Hardware for 10$ or less
Coleen on August 18, 2018:
I can't believe this really works. My dog didn't pull out of his collar or halter for the first time! Thank you!
Brenda on July 02, 2018:
Thanks for this post! It's a real lifesaver for my dog!
Mo Rita (author) from IL on April 29, 2018:
I'm so glad this worked for you! I hope your walks are a lot more peaceful now!
rufusthe dog on April 07, 2018:
A Carabiner Away from Happiness: Who Knew!!
I just want to say "Thank you!" This simple, ingenious hack has changed my relationship with my dog. Here is to many more happy walks! Cheers!
No pull dog harness on January 10, 2018:
Your. post was a life savor.
Everything needed to assemble I had at home.
Ready to go in 2 minutes & worked beautifully.
Easy fix to a much safer walk.
Mo Rita (author) from IL on November 22, 2017:
Oh wow... yeah. I just looked up Thunderleash. I've never seen it before. Maybe it's new? Maybe they stole my idea!!! Ha! I could have made millions. :oP I hope it works for you!
J on November 16, 2017:
I am going to try this. It is a replica of the Thunderleash but I can't afford the expensive Thunderleash. It is priced way to high!! Thank you to MoRita for sharing this and not being greedy for money!
Dee on October 13, 2017:
Great Idea!!! I am dog walker /pet sitter. Some of the dogs I work with are fosters and have never been on a leash. I will DEFINITELY give this a try.
Can I put this web link on my website?
Ky D. on May 16, 2017:
I am a dog trainer, and this is a brilliant idea! I especially love this because it is easy and works very well with loose leash training as well.
Coyote on April 14, 2017:
Unfortunately, my dog still pulled (but he's pulled with every harness I've tried on him, and the ones that stopped him a little, he quickly destroyed), BUT this worked out very well as a temporary between-harnesses harness! It'll be a few days before we can replace his last chewed through harness, but he always chokes himself if he only has a collar & leash. Thank you~
Sam on June 23, 2015:
This is awesome, thank you. On my walk today with my puppy I wrapped my leash around his chest and came up with my own system as a no pull leash, and it instantly work at getting him to settle down and stop pulling. But the problem was that wen it got to loose, it slipped around his armpits, and then I got worried when he pulled a little because the pressure was at his joints.
Your method fixes the problem by holding the leash in place on his back with a carabiner. Awesome!
Question: Any ideas on how to further modify this so that it connects in the front? I want my puppy's eyes on me :)
Dog lover on June 22, 2015:
Mo Rita (author) from IL on July 02, 2014:
Glad to hear it helped! I used it today myself :)
Roberto on June 24, 2014:
Save my day, and my wallet! Tanks a LOT!
Lisa on June 12, 2014:
THANKS SO MUCH for this article!! I am currently fostering a Husky and I usually have my husband walk her because she pulls SO hard on her leash it hurts me to walk her. I assume she was never leash-trained and I have been looking for something like this for awhile. It will make so much difference now!!
Mo Rita (author) from IL on June 14, 2013:
Wow! Sorry to hear about your arm. I hope you might some day regain your full strength and range of motion. Thanks for telling your story.
Mo Rita (author) from IL on June 14, 2013:
I'm so glad this worked for you all! I haven't seen (and therefore approved) these comments until now, but I'm so glad this has helped so many people! Yay for anything that helps with a pulling dog. :)
brittany on June 08, 2013:
thank you SOOOO much!! now we can actually take walks with our dog! shes a very rowdy 7 month lab. we've tried and tried to teach her not to pull but she just doesn't get it! this is the best DIY I've ever read THANK YOU!!
Eric Holloway on January 16, 2013:
i tried it out with what i had it worked she only pulled a few times then stopped cool my beaner is bigger but worked just fine it allowed the leash to relax faster than a small one
John on December 02, 2012:
Simple and Great idea...
Thanks a lot!!!
tereyons on August 01, 2012:
Very nice how-to, thank you. I've never seen this, it's such a great idea. Thanks again.
Karen B. on July 26, 2012:
I would love to thank the author of this so very, very much as well. I've recently used an easy walk harness on my 12 yr old pitbull mix who is very leash reactive. It chafed her under her arm, and I sadly returned it. I love your method because I keep a second leash with me, a carabiner attached to her flat collar, and when we enter areas that are problem locations for us, I hook her up (practicing to become more adept), and she is beautiful. She has hurt my arm in the past so badly, I no longer have full strength or range of motion in it. This self-made harness is allowing me to walk my dog again. God bless you. She is senior and I only want to make her life happy, and you have enabled me to do this without more chafing and further damage to my arm. I cannot thank you enough!