The American Bulldog is a strong and muscular dog, happiest when showered with attention by its adoring owners.
But because of its strength, size, and strong protective instincts, it's important to choose the right harness for your dog.
What makes a dog harness better than a standard collar? And what factors do you need to consider? Let’s find out.
American Bulldog collar vs. harness?
There are a few reasons you might want to choose a harness over a collar for your bully.
- Training: Dog harnesses are better for training your pup because it gives you more control of his movements.
- Security: Even if your pooch is the Harry Houdini of the dog world, it will be difficult for him to wrangle his way out of a harness.
- Safety: A harness wraps around the dog’s torso, which drastically reduces the risk of any possible neck injuries caused by standard collars.
How to choose the perfect harness
1. Is the harness adjustable?
When shopping online, the website should state whether the harness is made for small, medium, or large dog breeds. They should also provide a maximum weight to help you decide if the product is the right fit for your pooch.
Dogs, like their human owners, come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
So avoid buying a “standard” size if you can help it. The ideal harness should come with adjustable straps for the neck and body to create the perfect fit.
Sparkpaws' Comfort Control Harness can be adjusted in 4 ways for the ultimate comfy fit and control.
Large dog breeds, like the American bulldog, tend to have a wide chest, so purchase a harness that is suitable for large breeds.
2. Does the harness give you enough control?
Because the American Bulldog is such a sturdy, powerful dog, you need a special harness that puts YOU in control.
A no-pull harness has a ring on the front instead of the back. So when a dog bolts forward, the leash moves to the side instead of backward, keeping him close by your side.
Sparkpaws' anti-pulling harness comes with 3 rings, one on the back of the neck, one in front, and one further back on his torso for times when you want him to enjoy a little more freedom.
There are various designs available that will give any dog owner the confidence he needs to take his pup out for a walk in all conditions.
A Y-shaped anti-pull harness allows dog walkers to do just that.
3. Is the harness easy to clean?
American bulldogs have high exercise needs. And they’ve always done well with busy families.
You might have noticed your pup rolling in the mud whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Consider buying a bulldog harness with a stain-resistant exterior that is easy to clean. It may not seem that important now, but you’ll thank us soon enough.
Sparkpaws has created its dog walk range with both dogs and owners in mind.
The materials we use are sturdy and long-lasting. A water-resistant ripstop makes up the outer shell while the inner padding is made of closed-cell foam and neoprene.
This means that you simply cold wash and line dry. That’s the type of hassle-free cleaning any dog dad (or mom) would love.
4. Is the harness comfortable?
As mentioned, American Bulldogs are very energetic and need a lot of exercise to keep them happy. A harness should never prevent him from running, jumping, and playing to his heart’s content.
In fact, these dogs can jump an impressive 3 feet in the air!
The ideal harness should come with padding in all the right places to reduce skin irritation and make him as comfy as possible when exercising.
If a harness rubs and irritates your dog's skin, a blister or rash could develop and cause your pup harm. So thoroughly inspect his harness and make sure that you purchase only the highest quality.
Good padding and triple stitching mean that Sparkpaws harnesses aren't only extremely comfortable on long walks, but super durable.
5. Is the harness made from dog-friendly material?
Don’t you hate it when you buy an item of clothing that ends up being really scratchy? Guess what - your dog hates that too.
A good harness will be made of breathable material to ensure your pet is comfortable and long-lasting.
At Sparkpaws, all dyes used in our products are pet safe. We use water-resistant polyester materials to ensure your pet stays dry and comfy.
Here’s what you can expect from each Sparkpaws harness purchase:
- Exterior Shell: Polyester water-resistant ripstop
- Padding: Closed-cell foam and neoprene
- Lining: Polyester knit mesh
- Webbing: Polyester
- Back Leash Attachment: Stainless steel D-ring
- Buckles: ABS-grade plastic
Special care is given to the torso area of the leash, with extra padding in the design of each harness as this is the area where the most contact from pulling will occur.
6. Is the harness easy to use?
Convenience is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a harness for your American Bulldog.
Let’s be honest, after a long day at work when all you want to do is collapse on the sofa, the last thing you need is an hour-long struggle to get your dog’s harness on. It’s essential that the harness can be put on and taken off in just a few seconds.
In summary, here is a quick rundown of what the ideal harness for an American Bulldog would look like:
- Fully adjustable for a custom fit
- Easy to clean and water resistant
- Made from dog-friendly materials that won’t irritate his skin
- Allows him to move and play freely
- The design should give you full control
- Easy to fit and remove
- Prevent your bulldog from wriggling free
Like what you see?
Sparkpaws has sold thousands of harnesses and collars, keeping dog owners and pups happy over the years.
Best of all, there’s no promo code needed to get awesome savings.
Sparkpaws has already marked all prices, meaning you save 20% when you purchase a matching set. Shop online today for the best American Bulldog harnesses.