A Quick Guide: The Best Leash, Collar/Harness Combo for Your Dog

(Opinions of an amateur dog walker)

Disclaimer: I’m not qualified to write this. These are all my personal opinions, and not backed in any way by research or science. If my words here negatively affects your life in some way, please do not sue me. This is a blog article.

So let’s read it and have fun. Remember when people used to have fun?

Not making you read to the bottom to get the answer. Here’s best combination in my opinion.

The Best: A Flat Collar + Flat Leash



And if you have a dog with a neck bigger than its head, use a martingale and a flat nylon leash.

Martingale collar

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the other types on the market.

Collars & Harnesses

1. Front Clip Harness


People seem to get these for dogs that pull. I’ve seen them work some of the time. But sometimes get crossed over the dog and end up on the wrong side.

Make sure you get one that actually fits your dog, then adjusted it to them.

(And don’t get the weird ones with 15 straps that go all over the dog. Those are confusing to your Walkrs.)

Like, I’m sure this is good for something. But it’s embarrassing for your dog and your Walkr.

2. Back Clip Harnesses

These are nice if your dog likes to try and slip out of their normal flat collar.

But can sometimes form a bad habit of pulling.


So unless you’re training your dog for the Iditarod, I’d say go for a front clip.

3. Prong Collars

Ok. So these things.


Some trainers like them. Others don’t. American Kennel Club claims they’re useful for some situations.

All I’ll say is that I don’t use them on my own dogs.

4. Gentle Leader

Also known as a head halter. Or an easy walk harness. Or a snoot loop.


I like these. They seem to work well in pointing your dog’s snoot where you want it.

But if adjusted too loosely, the sneaky ones will slip out of these. Which isn’t terrible, since it becomes a pseudo-flat collar at that point.


1. Flat Leash

Again, this one’s the best in my opinion. It’s a rope.

They also come in leather. A bit more stiff but basically the same thing. And a bit more stylish?



2. Slip Leads

These are good for getting a leash on and off of a dog very quickly, but not for every day use.


I personally only use them to quickly leash a first time dog without getting my hands too close to their face.


Aside from this specific use, I’m not really sure what they’re for.

3. Retractable Leashes

I hate these.


They give very little control over the dog and are a nightmare if you’re walking several.

And if your puppo takes off running when on one of these, our options as Walkrs are to either lock the leash and abruptly choke the dog, or grab the leash and rope burn the dickens out of our hands.


They break all the time too…

But if you’ve got a good doggo, then it’s not really a problem.

Closing Thoughts

Stick with the traditional leash and collar.

Lot’s of the weird collars & harnesses on the market are made to help train your dog. So you should use them to leash train your pupperito until they can walk on a regular flat leash and collar.

There are exceptions to this rule I’m sure. But a leash trained dog won’t need anything more. Probably.

If I’ve made any mistakes on this post, please do let me know so I can correct them for future readers.

And if you hate everything I wrote, you definitely shouldn’t go to the PupWalkr website. Because I wrote stuff on there too.