A major responsibility with owning a dog is making sure it has a healthy life, and part of that involves the pup getting plenty of exercise. Taking a dog for a walk is a common mode of exercise, and that means using a collar or harness. Benefits of a harness include better control for the owner and less pressure on the dog’s neck.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Pug Life is a small, family-owned company that produces a line of dog harnesses designed to alleviate and eliminate pulling, something that many dog owners experience on a daily occurrence. It can be downright dangerous when a dog sees a cat, squirrel or even another dog, causing its instinct to click and the pup pulls so hard that the dog owner feels that his or her arm is about to be pulled of the socket.
With its side-ring technology, Pug Life has created a veterinarian-approved harness that answers that problem. If a dog tries to pull away from the owner, it will instead spin around and face the owner rather than actually gain any ground moving forward. In addition, thanks to the breathable material of the harness, it is promoted as being an ideal walking accessory that is highly comfort for the dog.
Pug Life’s harnesses, which come in more than a half dozen different colors and designs, are also designed for a hassle-free on/off experience, with the company stating it takes only a couple of seconds to achieve the potentially time-consuming procedure. And in an effort to avoid nighttime tragedies, the harnesses feature a reflective material that is sewn into the front strap, leading to drastically increased visibility at night.
Although the Pug Life Harness is not just designed for pugs, we felt it made sense to review one with the breed. Since we have a couple of pugs among our test dogs, we reached out to Frank, a 6-year-old pug, to see how the harness performed. And after two months of testing, we received a report on the Pug Life Harness.
Important aspects to look for with a harness include its comfort and durability. With Pug Life, Frank’s owner reported that the harness was made from high-quality material that she was confident was going to ensure long-lasting durability in all forms of weather (there were many walks in the rain).
A rescue dog that we’re told is apparently “winter body prepping,” Frank required a medium-sized harness. The company promotes the harness having an easy-on/easy-off design, and Frank’s owner found that to be the case. However, the initial sizing takes some time, as Frank did not sit still for the sizing of the harness. But it’s important to properly attach the Velcro strap across a dog’s chest to ensure the proper fit. Once that was accomplished by Frank’s owner and the perfect fit was found, the Velcro straps held firm and subsequent walks simply involved the harness being slid on and off.
Frank showed no discomfort in wearing the harness, and his owner said it helped with the pup’s breathing during walks. As pugs can suffer from breathing issues, a harness is often more desirable than a collar, which tends to restrict the dog’s air passage when the owner tugs on the leash.
Frank’s owner gives the Pug Life Harness a thumb’s up, considering the quality of the materials used in its design, the security and comfort of the fit, as well as its additional features of the EZ Grip handle and side-ring technology. While a well-behaved dog has no problems walking on a leash, if a dog is a major tugger like Frank, the Pug Life Harness is perfect for allowing an owner to exert more control over the pup, getting its attention and redirecting it.
As for sizing (the harness comes in six sizes, for dogs weighing between 4 pounds and 140 pounds), Frank’s owner notes that big-boned pups like Frank should take a medium or larger harness.
We also like that the company has a philanthropic side, as Pug Life states it not only donates a portion of all sales to dog rescues across the country, but it is always seeking rescue organizations and other nonprofits for communications on potential partnerships.