Collar Vs Harness: Which one is right for your dog?

A collar and a harness have certain differences that can leave you confused on which one to buy. Luckily for you, we’ve got the details right here. 


There are 2 types of Collars - Flat collars and Martingales. 

Collars are mainly used as identification. You have a tag on the collar with your dog's name and details for communication in case they wander. But when it comes to taking your dog for a walk, they are not the best accessory to have. However, if it’s a short pee break, a collar will suffice. 

For longer walks keep in mind that there is no proper pressure distribution with a collar. The pressure is on the neck especially when the dog is pulling while walking. 

This causes critical damage to the trachea, spinal cord, thyroid gland, etc. 

That being said, if your dog is leash trained, a collar will suffice. 


The harness is a great accessory for walks and for walk training. Freedom of movement comes with a harness and this encourages the dog to sniff around and improves its overall health and welfare. Choosing the right type of harness is important. There are many types of harnesses to choose from. The ideal ones are non restrictive and don't induce pressure on joints. They have particularly longer extensions around the shoulders and front legs for your dog to move around freely. Pressure distribution is great around the body as compared to a collar around the neck. Pugs, bulldogs and other short - muzzled dogs absolutely need a harness. Do not use a collar on these breeds. 

Still unsure about which type of accessory to get your pet? Contact an expert at Supertails and we’ll be happy to help you pick the right one for your dog.