Can a dog wear a collar and a harness at the same time?

Can a dog wear a collar and a harness at the same time? Well, dogs of a few breeds apart.

Read on to learn those breeds’ names and too much more indispensable.

What I found during research of this article is there were two reasons for which dog owners were wanting to wear their pooch both restraints, a collar, and a harness:

  • The first was to adorn their pup with a matching collar and harness (don’t like/want him roaming around naked/bare).
  • The second one was to get better control over their canine outdoor as he pulls them, fear him slipping out of the collar while pulling, lunging, etc.

And their sole concern was their pooch: “Would it become cumbersome for him to carry both? I don’t want to be mean to him for my own benefits and fantasies.”


The answer is yes, you can put on both restraints together. You can hook all sorts of information/tags, such as his name and rabies tags, your home address and phone number, his microchip number, etc., on the collar and clip the collar to the harness and attach the leash to it.

The question now originates is when and where your pooch can and shouldn’t wear one of them or both together.

Here is the list of that.

Around stuff that can potentially hookNoNo
Sitting in the carYesNo
Playing in the backyard (if the area is fenced)NoNo
Playing with a dogNoNo
Bathing or brushingNoNo
Hiking, walking, runningYesYes
I curated this table after rigorous research.

It is a very common practice among dog owners across the world.

Not to mention, wear your dog the right combo of a collar and a harness. It becomes comfortable for him to have both on.

Which Breeds Shouldn’t Wear Both Together

Brachycephalic or “no-neck” dog breeds such as Bulldog, Pug, French Bulldog, Japanese Chin, etc., are not recommended to wear collars as they have breathing issues, according to PetMD, and then putting on both restraints would cause respiratory distress.

Brachycephalic Dog Breeds
  • They are born with short muzzles, they are also prone to potential health issues such as brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome, so it is advised to wear them only a harness.
  • Even if you wear these breeds a collar, you’ll have to loosely, and they would come out of that.

Benefits of Both Together

  • You’d have his information/identification attached and have better control or grip over him while walking, training, outdoor, etc., so even if he goes missing, chances become max of his return.
  • And his chances of slipping out of his restraints become very low while pulling you down the pathways, lunging at others, etc.

From Health Perspective

  • While pulling or stopping him on the collar can cause him some serious throat infection and pain in his neck, while on the harness, you exert force on a bigger part; the torso, so pulling on the collar can have adverse consequences, and pulling on the harness is better for your dog if your dog is pully.

Additional Benefit

Over time, your canine becomes habitual of wearing both, soon when you put on both restraints, your pooch gets this in his mind that he is supposed to be walking, not pulling.

Best Practice

Always have your pooch his collar on with tags attached (except if the area is fenced or there is no place to sneak out), even if he’s microchipped.

Assume he tries to bolt out of the house to chase something or sneaks out for something else, and you realize it the very next moment, having a collar on would get you to grasp him, you would easily be able to attach the leash to his collar and get him back home.

Or assume he goes missing and is found, you can’t expect everyone to check whether he is chipped and not assume him a stray or abandoned dog.

You can’t expect everyone not to be dumb.

Or if all of a sudden you have to leave for something quickly, you can immediately hook his leash to the collar and get him in the car, and then from the car to your destination, it’d be easy to control him.

When going out on walks, put on a harness so he does not end up getting injured (or killed) when he pulls.

Be Careful

Be mindful of tags getting caught on the harness, or wearing both doesn’t irritate the dog.

Keep both of them loose enough to not be itching or irritating but not so loose that your dog can easily slip out either of them; there should be some gap between his restraints and his body. Snugly fit.

Don’t leave your dog with both on when he is off your sight.

Unpleasantness to Your Dog upon Wearing Both

  • Double restraints: Some dogs don’t like wearing anything (they like staying naked), and then putting both restraints together become further discomforting for them.
  • Irritation: When we stay dressed up from 9 to 5 at work, we find some areas itching due to constant wearing, and the same happens with dogs, and sadly, they can’t scratch as comfortably as us.
  • Rub: If your dog is wearing a little more strappy or fancy collar and harness, sometimes, they get tangled and rub together, and their tangle pinches your dog.

Real Concern

But the actual question asked should be: When, where, and for how long I should put on both of them.

When outing; walking, hiking, running, at the beach, it is recommended to put on your dog both.

When roaming or relaxing inside your home, take both the collar and harness off. It’d become cumbersome for them to carry both. Their skin needs a break from carrying each of them.

Other fashion (Other ways to Putting on and off restraints)

1. There are dog owners with two collars and a harness for their dogs. They leave one (small thin collar for the invisible fence) on their dog all day and put on a GPS collar holding all sorts of tags and a harness when going outdoor.

2. Some owners have a name tag on the harness, and on their collar, they have the name tag and reunite tag. When they get back home from the office, they get their dog naked/bare and don’t wear anything at home for the rest of the day.

Some Safety Tips

Take off both the restraints at home because he can get caught on anything that has the potential to hang something.

Put on the only collar if and only if chances of him running out are there.

If he is playing with another dog or there is a fenced area, your dog shouldn’t have anything on.

He has his collar on at home only when under your supervision.

Pros and Cons of a Dog Collar

The collar is something we buy before our dog in keenness, but it is more than just a strap of some material that holds life.


  • Hookable information: Your dog collar can carry all sorts of identification tags/information.
  • Better than a chip: Assuming your dog wanders off somewhere, it is easier for someone to get him back to you using a collar than first taking your dog to the vet and getting him checked whether he is chipped or an abandoned dog.
  • GPS tracker: If the collar has GPS attached, you’ll have his live location, no matter where and how far he goes.
  • Better than harness if: If you walk your dog than him walking you, then a collar is better for both of you. You’d have to exert force, and he will have to face opposition.


There is a thing that exists called dog collar strangulation. Almost 26k+ dogs become of that every year.

Another thing is throat infection which happens trachea loses strength and rigidity, and it causes your dog breathing issues.

Emphasized earlier, it is easy for your dog to slip out of a collar.

Pros and Cons of a Dog Harness


  • Better for both of you: If your dog is pully and on a collar, his neck would have a hard time between you and him as it’ll feel the strap of the collar while pulling.

While on the harness, his strain will disperse on his upper arm.

  • No Slipping: If your dog pulls you, and lunges at other things, then the chances of him slipping out on the harness are very low, given wearing the fit size.


  • On harness, a larger part of your dog’s body is pulling you that requires you to exert more effort to go against his strain.
  • Wearing a harness for dogs in hot weather is like us wearing a jacket in summer.

Final Words on “Can a Dog Wear a Collar and a Harness at the same time”

A dog can wear a collar and a harness at the same time. There are some limits.

Both of the restraints are to control your dog and attach identification tags, you can use either one of them at a time or both of them at the same time.

When you feel your dog is only pully, get him a harness.

Putting on both, especially on a dog that pulls a lot, can give a better grip over your dog. And chances of him slipping out of his harness would become zero.

  • Can a dog wear his collar in the crate? Here is what you must know.

If your dog drags you down the pathways… lunges at others… walks you instead of you walking him… having you months of bawling

… and you’re still thinking of something favor you at no cost to him over treating him with prongs or electric shocks

… then this is something really commendable.

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