Truelove Dog Harness | Front And Top Lead Fastening Clip | TLH5651

Truelove Dog Harness | Front And Top Lead Fastening Clip | TLH5651

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The Truelove front and top clip dog harness is one of the best selling front fastening dog harnesses in the UK and is designed to fit dog breeds of all sizes.

The Truelove name is synonymous with quality and has been a firm favourite with dog owners since 2010.

Since then, we have met some wonderful people (and their dogs) at some of the biggest dog shows in the UK and the image shown in the main description below has been taken at one of those shows.

We like to be 'hands on' and listen to what people want but if we can't be there to fit a harness in person, we want to make sure that it is 'hassle free' selection and fitting experience at home. Please take a look at the video to your left to see how the harness is fitted.

"We wanted a padded harness with reflective materials. We use a double ended lead and attach one to the top and one to the front. The pulling has pretty much gone." Mrs Peters, Birmingham, UK.

Truelove Dog Harness With Front And Top Lead Fastening Clip - TLH5651

customer shot of dog at dog show

The Truelove TLH5651 harness shown here is classed as a standard and a no-pull dog harness as it has both a top clip and front clip.

So you have a well manufactured high-quality dog harness that is one of the most popular in the UK - whether your dog pulls or not, this is a great choice. The example in the image is modeled beautifully by a customer's dog - it is neon yellow in colour and is fully reflective for those dark evening walks.

With this style, you simply place it over your dog's head, clip it around the belly and then adjust to fit. They offer padding throughout and come fitted with a shock-absorbing insert to help cushion pulling forces.

The top and front clips are made of a super-strong zinc alloy metal which is also rust-resistant.

Please note: It is VERY important that you measure your dog's chest/belly area before you order a dog harness. Please see the size guide tab for more information. As a general rule, you just need to measure around the girth of your dog's chest/belly just behind the front legs.

Our harnesses are accurate to size and have a greater level of adjustment than many people realise. Please do not guess the size of the harness without measuring your dog as this can result in a return where you will pay for the return postage. If you need help, please give us a call or send an email to

What does a front fastening or front fix harness do?

The front clip position provides a counteraction for the opposition reflex of your dog, which basically means that it helps to deviate against the natural instinct of your dog pulling you forward.

A front fastening clip located at the front of the harness in the centre of the dog's chest can be used on its own, but if your dog pulls a lot, we'd recommend that this clip is used in conjunction with the top clip located in the middle of the dog's shoulders. The front clip essentially provides steering and the top clip acts as brake when a lead is attached to them. Therefore, a double ended lead or two leads attached to both clips provides full control.

So if your dog pulls excessively, or you just want more control, the resulting action from a lead attached to a front fixing clip will force the dog to pivot around their chest towards you. This is not a harsh action and is not cruel. It just provides you with more control as it is front leading - the subtle steering action of a front clip allows you to move your dog from side to side gently. If you then reinforce good behaviour (when your dog is finally walking nicely and not pulling) and you reward it in your own way, the dog should learn quite quickly. 

Sometimes referred to as a front leading dog harness, the front clip can be used in isolation or in conjunction with the top clip located on the dog's shoulders.

What does the top clip lead attachment point do?

harness on dog showing top clip

The top lead attachment point can be used on its own as a brake and is very popular with owners that have dogs that do not pull excessively. In fact, a lot of owners like the fact that we can supply a double clip dog harness that can be used for many different applications.

This means that it can be used as a standard harness by attaching a lead to this top clip only. In fact, this is the most common location for most standard harness clips.

The D Ring you can see on this orange Truelove dog harness in this customer image is the top ring located around the middle of the dog's upper back and shoulder area. It is a nice central location and as the harness is padded, any pulling forces around the chest will be dampened for extra comfort. Any braking forces are also decreased by clever elastic shock absorbers built into the strong straps close to the main chest plate. This offers just enough movement to cushion forces applied when the lead goes tight.

Dog owners who prefer to use the top clip only will buy this Truelove dog harness because it is reflective, comfortable and padded, or offers a nice upgrade to their existing harness. Customers also have the option of buying a matching standard lead here.

Using the front and top clip at the same time

Using both the front and top clips together will offer braking (from the top clip) and a subtle steering motion (originating from the front clip and front lead end) and you can use a double ended lead or two standard leads for this purpose. If you want to stop your dog pulling, it is our recommendation that you use both clips for full control - either by using two separate leads or a single double ended lead.

So how does the 'no pull' action work?

dog with harness and double ended lead

If your dog does pull, these dog harnesses are designed to help stop your dog pulling with a combination of a well thought out design and well-positioned lead clips.

The 'no pull' will usually come from the steering force generated from the front clip, although it is worth mentioning that many owners see much less pulling even if they use the top clip only. However, if a double-ended lead (or two separate leads) is attached to the top and front clips they apply simultaneous braking from the top clip and a subtle steering action from the front clip. We think this is the best option and will give you full control.

If your dog pulls forward very quickly or too aggressively the dog will automatically be steered to the side in a very subtle way. This is because the lead end attached to the front clip will become tighter. Alternatively, you can help this along by gently applying a backward 'pull' force on the lead end that is attached to the front clip.

Please note that some customers may choose to use the front clip only to walk their dog and this is absolutely fine. Just remember that this method will give you little or no braking action but can work well with dogs that respond instantly to any tightening of the lead or commands from their handler. If your dog pulls a lot then you may benefit from using both harness clips. 

A customer kindly sent in this image of their dog 'Ella' wearing a pink Truelove dog harness with a matching double ended lead. You'll see that they have opted for a double-ended lead attached to both harness clips, so you can see that one end is attached to the top clip and the other end is attached to the front clip.

Over time, this should tell your dog that if it pulls too quickly or too hard it will get thrown off slightly to one side as you steer to dog gently to the left or right. This subtle action will not hurt your dog or spoil the walk in any way. In fact, less pulling will benefit both dog and owner. We've had feedback from so many customers who are now enjoying calmer walks with less stress on the dog and owner's joints!

Colours and reflective strips

The True Love dog harnesses are available in black, green, orange, red and the brand new colours of pink and blue. Please select the colour of your choice from the drop-down options and also see the Sizes tab to choose the best harness for your dog.

Each harness is fitted with reflective strips on the main body and straps, so your dog can be seen easily when car headlights or street lights are directed towards it.

The double ended leads

double ended dog lead

Remember, we also have matching double ended leads for owners that want to attach a clip to both a front and top clip and you can find them on this page You are better to choose a lead that matches the size of your harness. This is because the larger leads are slightly wider than the smaller leads and will have bigger fastening clips - a large lead does not look quite right on a small harness.

So if you buy a xs or small harness, it is better to buy a small lead to match it. If you order a medium harness, you can also purchase a medium double ended lead. And as you have probably guessed a large lead would look better on a large or x large harness.

The only difference in the lead material sizes is in the width. All leads are 1.75 metres long, which is a standard length and the widths are: Small = 1.5 cm, medium = 2.0 cm and large = 2.5 cm.

For more information about our double-ended leads please click here.

"Went to Suffolk Dog Day with friends last week and you can't miss the Wiggles and Wags stand! The harnesses caught our eye as we were looking for a higher quality dog harness that also had a handle and some padding. We tried quite a few at the show but came back to their stand to buy a green one for Jumbo. You can see they are good quality, yet light. Don't have any negatives to say about these Truelove dog harnesses and the people on the stand were very helpful and knowledgeable. Would recommend to anyone." Samantha Sheridan, London, UK 

What is a front lead dog harness?

A front lead dog harness is a walking device and aid that has a lead clip on the front portion of the harness. This is usually located around the central part dog's chest area when the harness is applied and fitted. By attaching a lead to the front clip, you can steer the dog and control it away from the pull reflex. This pull reflex is often seen with traditional harnesses, which have just one lead clip on top around the dog's shoulders.

What is the best dog harness to stop pulling?

There are many dog harnesses designed to reduce or stop pulling and the best harness is one that has a positive experience for both dog and owner. The options include strap only and padded torso harnesses and both will usually include a front lead clip on the front. When a lead is applied to this clip, it should help to steer your dog away from any natural pulling instincts. There are various designs and some also include a top harness ring, so you can attach two leads or a double-ended lead to the top and front clips simultaneously. In this case the front clip will apply steering and the top clip will apply braking. 

How are the Truelove dog harnesses made and will they last?

The great design and quality manufacturing by Truelove means that the pulling forces are equally distributed on these dog harnesses and there are also strong elastic materials built-in where two straps meet the main body of the harness - this moves just enough to help cushion the pulling forces.

This slight expansion mechanism is also useful after very active sessions with your dog as the harness can expand slightly during heavy breathing and movement of your dog's rib cage. The harness is also designed in such a way that it becomes almost impossible for a dog to back out of it. Don't be afraid to make the harness strap quite tight around the belly - as long as you can insert a finger under the strap on both sides and feel a good pinch, it should be comfortable for your dog.

When we demonstrate these harnesses to people at dog shows many of them will comment on the fact that they do not feel the same harsh jarring of bones and muscles that they experience with other harnesses or when they use a standard collar and lead. Over time this can substantially reduce tiredness or any aches and pains the owner experiences when walking their dog.  

We can also report that in the time we have been selling the Truelove no-pull harnesses, we have not had one single return due to product quality or weak/inferior fastenings, straps etc.

They are certainly built to last.

So is this Truelove dog harness classed as a no pull dog harness?

The classification for a no-pull harness is quite broad. There are several types designed to reduce or eliminate pulling. These consist of harnesses that fit around the nose and chest or those that fit around the chest and belly. Both use the same principle of applying braking and steering forces to throw your dog off from pulling forwards. This harness from Truelove offers a design that fits around the front torso and includes a front and top fastening point. So, this harness can be classed as a no-pull harness.

Why Does My Dog Pull?

There are usually two main reasons for this. Firstly, there are so many wonderful smells outside and your dog just can't wait to get amongst them. Secondly, a dog's natural reaction to being pulled back is to try and create some sort of equilibrium.

This means that they want to create an opposite force to you pulling back on the lead and this means they pull too!

So why does a harness + double-ended lead make such a difference?

When a lead is attached to the top ring on a harness, that is your brake. This is the way most people attach leads to standard harnesses and if your dog does not pull then this way is just fine.

However, if your dog pulls a lot, then an additional front leading dog harness fastening will be used to create a small sideways force. To begin with, your dog feels a little less comfortable about moving sideways so it soon learns that as it pulls hard, it is going to be pulled gently to the side. You can reinforce this sideways pull by saying something like "nicely" but only do this when your dog slows and is not pulling. We'd also recommend that you use a word that is not used regularly and means something else. For example, you may already use "back" or "stop"as keywords.

You could repeat these words again and again during walks so your dog understands that these words are said when it behaves and walks nicely. You can then give your dog a treat as it walks "nicely" and then reinforce the good behaviour with a nice treat. As dog owners ourselves, we use the command "close" which means that the dog must slow down and move closer to our side. When it does so for a period of a few seconds we reward the dog. You can use the "close" command and get your dog to remain close to you for 3, 5 and 10 seconds, so you increase each time. Over time your dog should learn that "close" means a reward.

Of course, it is up to you how you want to use the harness and lead but we have found that a combination of the Truelove products and the methods listed here work extremely well in the vast majority of cases.

So can this be used as a normal harness?

Yes. We sell a lot of harnesses to customers who just want to use it as a standard harness and to attach a lead to the top fixing only.

The harnesses are heavy-duty, well made and fit the dog's chest and torso very well so they are comfortable for the owner and hopefully the dog too! We get a lot of people who buy the dog harnesses even if their dogs don't pull.

We ask customers for feedback when we are at shows and events and they seem to be impressed with the quality of the product and also how well it fits their dog. Some harnesses on the market can cut into the dog's body or can be too high around the dog's neck.

There are also some harnesses that fit so badly that the dog can wriggle out of them. Our harnesses are well proportioned, have elastic shock absorbers and fit low around the dog's chest. They are a very popular choice.

What are the materials used in the dog harnesses?

These no pull dog harnesses are padded, reflective dog harnesses, which are light but made from very strong, durable nylon oxford fabric with a patented 3M scotchlite reflective material.

They are therefore designed to show up in car headlights and under street lights, helping you and your dog to be seen on those darker nights. They are reflective dog harnesses of the highest quality.

The inside is made from a breathable mesh fabric lining and the harness is padded for extra comfort. The harness is well-weighted and padded and well proportioned which ensures easy walking and control at all times. It also has reinforced elastic tension points to cushion pressure and forward, back and side pulling forces.

What type of adjustment points does it have?

This style of harness has four main adjustment points. This means that you have two to resize the neck area and two to resize the belly/chest area. This means that you can adjust each strap through a buckle on the left and right parts of the neck and belly area. This ensures a good fit all around.

What type of lead/leash fastenings does it have?

The easy walk dog harnesses have two metal attachment points. The first is a strong zinc alloy D ring for fastening a lead to the most popular area close to the handle shown below. This is located in the centre and the top of the dog's shoulders.

The second O-ring attachment is located on the dog's chest for attaching a lead at the front. This attachment allows for a lead to gently steer the dog from left to right and this means that any aggressive forward pulling is vastly reduced or completely stopped - both options make it a great choice as a traditional harness or a no pull dog harness.

You can choose to use one or both fastenings to suit your needs and situation.

Can this harness be used in the car?

handle fixed to dog harness

Yes. The handle can have many uses and can come in useful if you also want to use it as a dog car harness and thus provides extra security in the car. Just thread the car seat belt through the handle for extra peace of mind. 

The handle is also handy if you find yourself in a confrontational situation with another dog and need to pull your dog away from any potential threat. It can also be used to aid climbing if you climb hills or mountains with your dog and is great if you go swimming or boating with your dog or get involved in hydrotherapy, as you can use it to pull the dog out of the water easily.

Where are the items shipped from and how long will they take to get to me?

All of our heavy-duty padded dog harnesses are stored and shipped from the UK. All UK deliveries should take 2-3 days but please allow up to 4 working days during busy periods. If you reside outside of the UK, your dog harness should be with you within 5-9 working days.

How do I ensure that I get the correct size?

Just measure your dog around the girth of the chest. This is the circumference around the widest part of the chest and just behind the front legs. Please see the illustration of the dog in the Sizes tab above. You can then watch the video on this page for more information.

There is quite a bit of room for adjustments for the neck and chest straps on all harnesses and this is to ensure a good fit. Just choose a harness that falls within one of the chest sizes in the table above and then select it from the drop-down menu. 

measurment for dog harness chest only

Size To fit lower chest/ribcage in cm and inches
xs 33-45 cm / 13-17 nches
small 43-56 cm / 17-22 inches
medium 56-69 cm / 22-27 inches
large 69-81 cm / 27-32 inches
x large 81-107 cm / 32-42 inches


The harnesses have a lot of adjustments in the neck and chest area so even if you think that your dog is an odd size, please use the chest measurements above as the guide. A harness that fits around the chest should offer enough adjustment to fit around the neck as well so have a play around.

Please note: It is VERY important that you measure your dog's chest/belly area before you order a dog harness. Please do not guess the size as this can result in a return where you will pay for the return postage. 

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