The neck of our Frenchie Dog contains a multitude of vital organs the vertebrae, the trachea, the larynx, the thyroid glands. Today, it is therefore established that the harness is preferable to the collar. It remains to be seen: which harness to choose because not all of them are suitable for your dog.
Freedom of Shoulder Movement Is Essential.
Your French bulldog‘s shoulder is a constantly exercising joint. It contains sensitive tendon areas, such as the insertion of the supraspinatus muscle tendon, or the biceps tendon. It is also made up of large muscular masses: trapezius, pectorals, rhomboid, sternocephalic muscle. It is a complex and fragile joint which must be free to move without constraint in the harness.
The Trachea Should Not Be Under Pressure.
Releasing the trachea is also important. If you hear a horny noise, it means that your harness is not suitable (or badly adjusted). When the dog pulls, the harness should not press on the trachea, but on the level of the manubrium sternal (his chest). The width of the harness must therefore frame the rib cage allowing inspiration or expiration. Too tight, it interferes with respiratory movements. Too tight, you also have an increased risk of a friction injury. Too loose, it turns, rubs, and distributes the load poorly.
Fashion Effect vs. Real Benefits on My Dog: How to Choose a Harness?
Certain harnesses are very fashionable today.
A fabric band which passes in front of the French Bulldog chest, another under the belly, maintained by a set which covers its shoulders. They are easy to install, and have a beautiful, sophisticated design.
Nevertheless, according to veterinarian they are totally contraindicated as soon as there is a pulling force, the compensations for the blocking of the shoulder can lead in certain cases to early osteoarthritis of the cervical and thoracic vertebrae.
The harness is popular because it effectively frees the trachea from any pressure but it squeezes the dog’s shoulders, hindering him in his movements, and modifying his natural stride. The strap that goes over his chest blocks the movement of his shoulders. The stride is short; jerky. The head is more raised. It is a less natural approach for the dog, which in the long term is likely to cause bone and muscle pain. So, if your dog tends to pull on a leash, it is much better to have a more classic type of harness like this.
In conclusion, the most important thing is to find a harness adapted to the activities, walks, muscle development of the moment, and the morphology of your dog. There is not ONE perfect harness, but ONE suitable harness for each dog.