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.

Step One

Attach the clip to the ring on the collar.

Step Two

Put the collar on the dog, with the clip in the center of its back, between the shoulder blades.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

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).

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Karen B. 4 years ago

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!

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tereyons 4 years ago

Very nice how-to, thank you. I've never seen this, it's such a great idea. Thanks again.

John 3 years ago

Simple and Great idea...

Thanks a lot!!!

Eric Holloway 3 years ago

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

brittany 3 years ago

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!!

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MoRita 3 years ago from IL Author

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. :)

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MoRita 3 years ago from IL Author

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.

Lisa 2 years ago

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!!

Roberto 2 years ago

Save my day, and my wallet! Tanks a LOT!

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MoRita 2 years ago from IL Author

Glad to hear it helped! I used it today myself :)

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Sam 16 months ago

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 :)

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