Thanks for posting that. I am getting a Havanese puppy later this year. I looked at the harnesses that were recommended in that article and am wondering which is "best" or if there are any that more experienced dog owners recommend? I have added a few to my Amazon supplies wishlist, but I am wondering if I just have to wait until I have the puppy to see what fits? I'd ideally like to buy a couple to have before we get him/her and then can always send what doesn't work back. We don't have a fenced-in yard and will definitely be walking on a leash. I know to use a harness for walking, not a collar but do you all keep a collar on your dog for the license tags but just not use it with a leash? I do plan to train it so that hopefully it doesn't run away but I guess I'm just nervous as a first-time dog owner! My friends all have bigger dogs and they all wear collars with their registration tags and a phone number. Not sure if it's different for toy dogs.
With all my dogs as teeny puppies, the Puppia mesh vest harnesses worked best. The walking harnesses I like best aren’t made small enough for young Havanese puppies, but, honestly, you shouldn’t be taking puppies that age for real “walks” yet anyway. The vest harness is fine for a while.
After going though MANY different harness models over the years, the Petsafe 3-in-1 model is by far the best, IMO, in terms of customizable fit, lack of rubbing, (which causes mats) and lack of shoulder restriction. It has a front attachment point for discouraging pullers, as well as a back attachment point. It has a strap included for use as a car harness, though I, personally don’t let my dogs ride in car harnesses. It also has clips that are in easy spots to get to on a fluffy dog, high on the shoulder and high on the ribcage.
The initial adjustment is a bit fussy, but once it’s done, it’s done. They are adjustable enough that the XS fits all of mine, from “big guy” Kodi, with sll the straps let all the way out, to little, slight bodied Pixel, whose harness is adjusted as small as it goes. (Meaning that this harness probably WON’T work for those Havis much under 10 lbs as adults)
My dogs do not wear collars or tags when they are at home. Only when we are off the property. Collars can be a serios danger to a dog in a crate or ex-pen, and on a Havanese, they also cause matting. You should talk to your vet about getting your puppy microchipped, so that he has a permanent method of identification, just in case the very eorst happens, and you lose track of him!