If your dog pulls, lunges and jumps every time he sees a leash, maybe it’s time for new gear. Anti-pull harnesses are designed to stop the dog from pulling by placing pressure on his chest. Buying a harness can be costly, but you can make one for just a few bucks.
Fit a flat buckle collar around your dog’s neck. The collar should sit low on the base of the neck and be tight enough to stay in place but loose enough that it does not choke the dog.
Hold the end of a flexible tape measure on the collar near the center of your dog’s chest, and run the tape down under his leg and up to the back side of the collar at the base of his neck. Add 2 inches to allow for sewing and unrestricted movement as the dog walks in the harness.
Remove the collar from the dog, and slide a 1-inch-diameter metal O-ring onto the collar. This ring will hold the chest straps and should be placed on the opposite side of the collar’s built-in metal ring. When fitting the collar, place the built-in ring over the center of the dog’s chest and the O-ring at the back of the collar over his shoulders.
Cut two strips of flat nylon webbing according to the measurements in the step above, and sew a small eye snap onto one end of each of the strips. Lay the strips flat on the table, and place the 1/2-inch metal O-ring on top of the straps, approximately 1/2 inch from the ends. Fold the ends over the metal ring and sew them in place to secure the ring to the straps.
Clip the collar around the dog’s neck with the O-ring above his shoulders and slip the eye-snap ends of the straps through the ring. Pass the snaps under the dog’s front legs and clip them to the ring on the font of the collar. Snap your leash to the 1/2-inch O-ring, and enjoy your walk.
- Never leave this harness on an unattended dog. The straps could catch on something and injure your dog.
Louise Lawson has been a published author and editor for more than 10 years. Lawson specializes in pet and food-related articles, utilizing her 15 years as a sous chef and as a dog breeder, handler and trainer to produce pieces for online and print publications.