You have just bought your first puppy. Congrats! Now you’re probably wondering whether it’s best to outfit him/her in a lupine collar or harness. You’re not alone. Most pet owners, especially newbies, haven’t a clue. When asked; the majority of people say they just use what they’ve always used and haven’t given it much thought. The problem is that there are some real factors to consider when making this decision.
Smaller dogs should certainly be put in a lupine harness because they are much more likely to suffer from collapsed trachea. Excessive pulling (like if little Fido is running into traffic and you panic) can cause permanent damage to the trachea and has been known to result in death in some instances. Thus, a harness is much safer for small dogs.
There’s more leeway with larger dogs, but the presiding opinion seems to be that harnesses are still the better route to take. They allow for more control over the dog without causing the pup any discomfort or harm. And while there is not the immediate danger for big dogs – like there is for smaller ones – it’s still a fairly good idea to start your leash training with the lupine harness. Your pup should get used to the feeling pretty quickly and grow to love it.