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Top 4 Dog Harnesses For Australian Shepherds

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Australian Shepherds or Aussies are known for being highly intelligent and energetic. They love running, playing, and accompanying their humans on long walks or, better yet, hikes. Although their energy is inspiring, it can sometimes be a lot to manage on a leash. That's when a dog harness can be useful. In fact, one of the must-have pieces of equipment for dogs is a harness. In addition to providing safety and comfort during walks, a harness can be helpful for handling and travel. Harnesses are safer than collars, says The New York Times, citing dog experts.

For one thing, a harness doesn’t put strain directly on your dog's neck. For another, it contains your dog more securely. However, finding the right dog harness for your Aussie isn't always a cinch. Selecting the wrong harness can affect your Aussie’s freedom of movement, reducing comfort during the dog’s activities. Most Aussie owners recommend a harness with adjustable straps to ensure a snug fit. To help you choose, I've relied on Aussie owners' recommendations on Reddit and experts' suggestions to round up the top four Australian Shepherd harnesses on the market.

1. Rabbitgoo Dog Harness

A red merle Australian Shepherd wearing the Rabbitgoo Dog Harness

The Rabbitgoo Dog Harness is an easy-to-adjust harness featuring four adjustment points (2 Shoulder, 2 Chest) to ensure a snug fit for medium-sized dogs like the Australian Shepherd. Most Aussie owners recommend a harness with a front clip. Not only does the Rabbitgoo Dog Harness have a no-pull front clip, but it also has a back clip for different occasions. If your Australian Shepherd is a puller, using the front clip will help discourage your dog from doing so.

Designed with soft breathable air mesh, this tactical dog harness is gentle and skin-friendly. It will keep your Australian Shepherd cool and comfortable during outdoor activities. It has a card slot into which you can insert an ID card to identify your dog. Users in the United States like the comfort, sturdiness, and durability of this dog harness. However, some customers disagree on fit. That's why it is recommended that you use the exact neck and chest girths to determine if the harness will fit your dog.

2. Joyride Dog Harness

An Australian Shepherd wearing the Joyride Dog Harness

Ideal for medium-sized dogs like the Aussie, the Joyride Dog Harness promises unparalleled comfort and security. It is said to be your ultimate solution to stop your Australian Shepherd from pulling. Trusted by over  8,000 users, this harness is transforming stressful walks into stress-free ones. To ensure the harness is as unique as your Australian Shepherd is, it includes a selection of fun and customizable tags.

Designed with every dog in mind, regardless of their size, the Joyride Dog Harness is the go-to choice for walks, training, or a joyous run in the park. Some pet owners mention that this harness fits their Australian Shepherds the best and is the most comfortable for them. They say it is great for training, thanks to the rings on both sides and the middle. Ultimately, they say it is the easiest harness to put on a dog!

3. Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Australian Shepherds wearing the Ruffwear Front Range Harness

On Reddit, some Aussie owners in the United States recommend the Ruffwear Front Range Harness. They say it is fantastically built for outdoor activities. Designed for walks, adventures, and everything in between, the comfortable Ruffwear Front Range Harness features two leash attachment points and an aluminum V-ring on the back. It also features reinforced webbing at the chest for redirecting dogs that pull on the leash. Available in a variety of colors, this harness is most Aussie owners' absolute favorite.

4. Wilderdog Lightweight Dog Harness

A blue merle Australian Shepherd wearing the Wilderdog Lightweight Dog Harness

Australian Shepherd owners like the Wilderdog Lightweight Dog Harness for its front clip and back handle. Lightweight and breathable, this versatile dog harness is great for everyday walks and rugged trail adventures. It has two side release buckles plus adjustable neck and shoulder straps. The harness has two leash attachment points, one on the chest and one on the back. Furthermore, this harness features a top handle so you can give your Australian Shepherd a boost over boulders or grab them close.

Measuring your Australian Shepherd

Measuring tips for Australian Shepherd

Although the recommended harnesses for Australian Shepherds in this article are adjustable and for medium-sized dogs, it is advisable to first measure your dog before making a purchase. Before measuring, make sure your Australian Shepherd is standing on a flat surface. Measure around the chest, just behind the front legs, and then measure around the base of the neck.

For your dog's comfort, leave room for two fingers when measuring the neck. Then use the product size guide to select the best option for your Aussie. If in between sizes, I recommend that you select the larger size.

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