In this article, I'll show you the best dog harnesses available for Goldendoodles of all sizes.
Whether you want more control over your pup on walks or you're looking for a comfortable option to protect their delicate joints, there's an ideal harness out there for you and your Goldendoodle!
It's a pain in the ass to find the right harness. There are so many sizes, so many variations, and so many materials to choose from.
I know I have found myself standing there in the pet store, staring at all the options, trying to figure out what size would fit Bailey (my beloved Goldendoodle).
That is why I have decided to try out a bunch of different dog harnesses and tell you which ones are my favourites.
This way you won't have to worry about wasting money on one that doesn't work for your dog.
First of all, I own a goldendoodle, so I always wanted a harness that was both comfortable for him and durable.
I looked at several factors, including material quality, sturdiness, ease of use/cleaning, durability, and safety.
Before purchasing them I read up on each one and checked online to make sure that they were recommended by other dog owners as well.
Then, Bailey and I road-tested each and every one of these harnesses to see which ones we liked best.
The 7 Best Dog Harnesses for Goldendoodles
[Best For Leash Pullers]
Voyager Step-In Air Dog Harness
Auroth Tactical Dog Harness
Embark Adventure Harness
Voopet Service Dog Harness
[BEST FOR SUPPORT DOGS]
Here is the list of the best dog harnesses that I have found for Goldendoodles, based on the different needs that I mentioned earlier.
1. Julius K9
Might Take Some Time to Get Used To
Easy to Slide In
The Julius K9 by IDC is the best harness for goldendoodles I have tested so far. Just by touching it, you can tell that it is made out of durable material.
This harness distributes the pressure on your dog’s chest, back, and shoulders, which greatly minimizes the risk of choking (which is common with front-clip harnesses).
Bailey really loves this harness, it is comfortable and we don't have to struggle to get him into it. I hate it when there are a thousand buckles and snaps, fortunately, the Julius K9 is pretty easy to put on.
If your goldendoodle has back or neck issues, this harness is your best bet as it is not front-clip. Front Clip harnesses can put a lot of pressure on your goldendoodles neck and throat when pulled.
You can also customize the nametag on the harness, as it is velcroed on.
2. Best For Leash Pullers: ICEFANG GN5
7 Different Adjusting Points
Sturdy at First
Handle for Control
If you want your goldendoodle to look like it's straight out of the military, the icefang GN5 is the way to go. What I like about this harness is that it has 7 different adjusting points.
Not all goldendoodles are made equal, so having an adjustable harness is important.
Bailey doesn't pull on the leash (as he has been properly trained), but dogs who do can be held back from pulling by attaching the leash to the front -clip harness
It is very easy to put on and is made out of robust material which can withstand the usual pull and tug.
It also has a handle at the back that you can use to control or lift your pupper if needed.
3. Rabbitgoo Dog Harness
Great Price for Value
Sizing Can Be Misleading
Easy to Put In
The Rabbitgo Dog Harness is the most price-for-value option for goldendoodles in this list. It doesn't make people turn around and say "wow, what a great-looking harness", but it definitely does its job for the price.
What I liked the most is that it comes in a lot of colours, so you can choose one that matches your dog's coat the best. (We got Honey Wheat for Bailey.)
The harness is made of nylon and the strap is adjustable. It has a front leash clip for controlling your Goldendoodle and a top one for jogs.
We tried out both and it is durable, however, at this price point, you shouldn't expect 5-star quality.
The harness is pretty easy to put on, there are two buckles, one on each side. Your goldendoodle just has to slide into the front part and you just have to buckle it up.
The only problem with this is that the sizing can be misleading, so make sure you measure your dog before you buy the Rabbitgo harness, don't just order the usual size you normally would.
4. Voyager Step-In Air Dog Harness
Lightweight Mesh Material
Measure The Size Before Ordering
No Pressure on the Neck
The Voyager Step-in Air Dog Harness is the most affordable piece on this list. It has a step-in design, so if your dog is uncomfortable with putting the harness over its head, this is a good option.
It's made out of a mesh material, which feels pretty durable when touching, and it has two buckles that double as a handle so you can easily control your pup.
This harness doesn't choke your goldendoodle as it puts equal pressure on the chest and back. It also won't rub or cause any kind of discomfort as it's made out of breathable material.
Bailey also liked this harness, however the first time we ordered it was too small for him. So, make sure you measure your Goldendoodle before ordering.
It's fairly simple, nothing fancy about it really, for the price it's great.
5. Auroth Tactical Dog Harness
Great For Leash Pullers
Little Stiff at First
The Auroth Tactical Dog Harness is the best dog harness if your goldendoodle is pulling a lot on walks.
Fortunately, Bailey doesn't pull at all on walks but with this harness, it really felt I have great control over him and I can direct him in a better way.
At first, when we got the harness it really felt stiff and sturdy, so I was worried that it would hurt Bailey while he was running and jumping around. Fortunately, there is enough cushion on the harness to make it comfortable for him.
It feels like it can definitely take some wear and tear.
It is adjustable on the chest with two buckles and secures the front legs so you don't have to worry about your pup breaking away while on a walk.
The handle on the back is great for grabbing your pup when needed.
There is a metal clip located at the front and the top of the harness, so you can vary the pull depending on what your pup needs.
You can customize it by adding custom patches to the top part.
6. Embark Adventure Harness
Secure and Lightweight
A Bit Pricey
If you're looking for a secure, lightweight harness that comes in bright colors and is easy to put on your pup, then the Embark Adventure Harness could be the perfect fit!
The fabric of the harness is very light, which is great if you are looking for a comfortable fit and is easier for your pup to wear in hot weather. However, if your goldendoodle likes to chew on things, you should be careful. The fabric is thin and can tear easily.
It has great padding and Bailey approved it as it being comfortable.
The buckles feel durable and the clip rings are made out of metal and sewn on securely.
It's a bit pricier than other harnesses, but it is well worth the money! It's a pretty good, heavy duty harness.
7. Best for Service Dogs: Voopet Service Dog Harness
Vibrant Color Options
Some Say That It Rubs Under Dog's Armpit
Waterproof and Breathable
The last harness on our list is the Voopet Service Dog Harness. I decided to include this harness because I know a lot of goldendoodles are working as emotional support dogs or service dogs.
Although Bailey is not a service dog, I decided to put this one to the test as well. It is very comfortable and it's pretty easy to put on. You just have to snap it by the dog's neck area and that's it.
The chest strap and the neck strap are adjustable, so you can adjust it to fit your dog perfectly.
Lastly, the material is waterproof and breathable so your pup will stay comfortable during walks or runs. Plus, it's machine washable which makes things a lot easier!
It also comes with two velcroed labels that say "Service Dog" and "Emotional Support".
Some reviewers have complained though that the harness rubs under their pup's armpits, so watch out for that.
What size harness does a Goldendoodle puppy need?
A goldendoodle puppy usually needs a small harness until they are fully grown at around a year-and-a-half old. Then they can transition to a larger size harness as they get older.
In general, measure your puppy's neck girth (the distance around the neck where the collar fits) before choosing a harness; the chest girth (the distance between the chest and the rib cage) is also important to consider when choosing a harness.
Does a Goldendoodle need a harness?
A harness is not a must for every dog, but it is useful for a number of situations.
Is a collar or harness better for a Goldendoodle?
If your goldendoodle likes to pull a lot, as long as you are training, I recommend a collar or a no-pull harness with a front clip.
The harness is better if your goldendoodle is already trained as a harness (with a top clip) can make your goldendoodle actually pull. This also makes it good for jogging.
What kind of harness is best for a Goldendoodle?
If Your Goldendoodle Pulls
If your goldendoodle tends to pull when you take them out for a walk, try a no-pull harness with a front clip. This will help to direct your pup back toward you and discourage pulling.
If Your Goldendoodle is Trained/Calmer
If your goldendoodle isn’t keen on pulling or getting too excited when you go out for walks, then a regular back clip harness will work.
If You Like to Switch Things Up
If you like to switch things up when walking your goldendoodle, get a dual clip harness with both a front clip and a top clip. This way, you can decide which one to use depending on how your pup is feeling that day.
If Your Goldendoodle Hates Putting Its Head Through a Harness
If your goldendoodle hates putting their head through a harness, then try one with a step-in design. You can easily put it on without having to wrestle with your pup’s head or legs.
What Material Is Best For A Goldendoodle Harness?
A harness made of breathable fabric, such as nylon or mesh, is best for your goldendoodle. It will help keep them cool and comfortable while they are wearing it. Additionally, a harness with adjustable straps can provide an extra degree of comfort while also giving you a better fit.
What Size Harness Should You Get?
The size of harness you need for your goldendoodle will depend on their chest and neck measurements. It is important to measure correctly to ensure a comfortable fit. You can also refer to the size chart provided by the manufacturer when purchasing a harness.
Finding the right harness for your Goldendoodle is crucial as they are going to be wearing it for a long time.
Make sure to measure your pup correctly and get the right size, material, and style.
With these tips in mind, you can find the perfect harness for your pup!