Dogs with high prey drive tend to pull a lot on their leash even after obedience training. Instinct always kicks in. Choosing the correct harness is the first step to take back control.
However, with so many to choose from it can be hard to analyze which ones are the best.

To find out, we bought the 15 top ranked dog harnesses and put them to an extensive side-by-side comparison test to determine everything from control and ease of installation, to comfort, quality, and safety.

Read on to find out the 3 best performing harnesses for large dogs with high prey drive.

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Why a harness and not a collar ?

Collars are not recommended for dogs with respiratory issues. You want to know why ?
Dogs and humans have similar anatomy in their necks.
We both have a trachea, an oesophagus, thyroid glands, lymph nodes, and of course veins and arteries.
A collar compresses all of that so you can easily see why you should absolutely avoid them with a dog that has difficulties breathing.
Then it should be okay to use a collar if your pet has no respiratory issues right ? nope

Even if he doesn’t have difficulties breathing right now, when your dog pulls or lunges it will apply pressure and breathing complications will start to appear.

With pulling dogs, research has also shown that collars increase eye pressure, increasing risks of harm.

When dogs constantly pull ahead during walks or lunge suddenly, this puts strain on their throat leading to harmful effects over time. Using a quality harness instead of a collar you will end up having a healthier dog and saving money.

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What type of harness for high prey drive dog like catahoulas ?

There are 3 types of harnesses for dogs:

  • Back Attaching Harnesses
  • Front Attaching Harnesses
  • Head Halters

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Back Attaching Harnesses

are great for small breeds, but larger ones can generate much more power with a harness than a collar, so you won’t have much control.
Sure, at least he won’t have breathing issues, but correcting his pulling behavior will be much more difficult.

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Front Attaching Harnesses

are recommended for catahoulas and other large high prey drive dogs.
They attach in the front of the dog between the legs and offer much control than collars by tightening (without hurting this time) when your pet pulls.
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Head Halters

are not harnesses per-say but are the best solution for pulling dogs.
The design of the head halter causes the dog’s nose to be turned down and back toward you when he pulls, which makes it physically difficult to continue pulling.

 

Now, let’s take a look at the top 3 harnesses for large pulling dogs.

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The 3 best harnesses for high prey drive pulling dogs

 

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Bold Lead Designs - Head Halter

Ruffwear - Everyday Harness
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Freedom - No-Pull Harness
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Pros
  • Great Control
  • No pain
  • Discourages pulling
  • Cool design
  • Front & back attachment
  • Great control
  • Padded for comfort
  • Reflective
  • Front & back attachment
  • Great control
  • Durable
  • Cons
  • Requires accustomization
  • Can cause irritation
  • Undersized
  • Not for very strong pullers
  • Poor customer service
  • Can cause irritation
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