REVIEW: Best harnesses for small dogs

REVIEW: Best harnesses for small dogs

Picture it.

You’ve got this small furbaby with a large personality. You’re starting to wonder why you didn’t name him Napoleon, but even grand personalities like Napoleon need to get a bit under control. That’s why the Joyride Harness is a thing. For better training and control on walks and hangouts, you’ll notice a difference compared to the standard leash and collar.

MORE READS: Check out this interview with a dog behaviorist and walker about the Joyride Harness

Often we get messages and e-mails asking questions about sizing.

Is this harness going to fit my dog?

I have a Chihuahua. Will this fit them right?

Great thing is Joyride Harnesses are offered in sizes starting with extra small which can accommodate furbabies starting at 5 lbs or 17” in girth measurements. So you can see how it is in action, we’ve rounded up some photos and reviews from humans who have little furbaby minions.

Marsha G. - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Size X-Small

“Going on walks is a pleasure and no more tugging. Pippa seems to be really comfortable with the harness. Love it!!”

Karen M. - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Size Small

Lily has a collapsed trachea. Walking with the leash attached to her collar resulted in episodic coughing. This harness has enabled her to walk with the leash comfortably and safely. It is well made and adjustable so fits her well. This is the third harness I've tried on her and it will be the last. We both love it!”

Susan T. - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Size X-Small

We've bought various harnesses over the years but this one is the first one that actually works like it should couldn't be more pleased.”

Jon R. - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5
Size Small

“Dickens, our mini schnauzer hated the harness and collars we have used on him prior to this wonderful harness. Now he runs over when he hears it jingle when I pick it up! No more resistance, only enthusiasm.”

With small doggos and furbabies, we know the initial feeling is to go with a size small but smalls may be defined differently with each company you look into. Before you place your order, we do recommend taking measurements of your doggo and weighing them on a scale to determine which size to get. You can find information on how to properly pick the right size harness for your dog at this page.

If for some reason you receive your order and the harness is not the right fit -- perhaps it’s too snug or too loose -- you can start an exchange to get the right size for them using our new returns and exchanges system on this page. The system will provide you a prepaid shipping label. If you want more information on how it works, please visit this link.

One more thing before you click out of here!

We love seeing pictures of your furbabies especially when they’re rocking their Joyride Harness. For a chance to be featured on our social media or website, be sure to post using the hashtag #JoyrideHarness and/or #JoyrideHarnessSuperstar!

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This is the best harness you will find and easiest to put on. I had to do an exchange due to size which was very easy. Wonderful customer service.

Deidra Ashton

Great for elderly who have arthritis easy to put on and off. Built very well I also like the handle I can pick her up when other stray dogs try to get to her. I can attach all her licenses, name and etc with the extra steel rings. I also purchased the seat belt attachment for her security. I can now drive and not worry about her falling in the car and out the window. Many Thanks Mavis Jarchow

Mavis Jarchow

I bought 3. I have two smalls and one 2x small and I love all three of them and so do my girls. 🥰 I’d post a picture but can’t seem to at this time. Best harnesses ever!!


My 13 pound Tibetan Spaniel, Lizzy, is something of a wild woman, and has a more Pekinese style face. Because of her nose and eyes, I’ve tried several harnesses. Lizzy is a combination of Catherine the Great and Houdini. She can get out of almost any harness, but not her Pug Life harness! I’m now confident that our trail walks are going to be safe and secure. Brilliant design.

Beth Stewart

We love this harness?We have a large labradoodle and he also loves it— no struggle to put on and buckle it. I recommend this as it has made our life easier.
Murphy is a handful at 6 months.

Kathy perrault

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