Embark Urban Harness for dogs – An Honest Review

The Embark Urban Harness is another choice of harness your dog has to choose from for your every day walks and exercise!

As a two point harness, with a y-shape, this one definitely falls within my remit of reviews, huh? Embark reached out to me about this, I was pretty excited to get my paws on it.

This is a sponsored post, meaning I have received money for this review, however it was not to buy my opinion!
As always I’m being entirely honest in my words.

Introducing The Embark Urban Harness

Blue-9 Balance Harness review

Pros & Cons

This y-shaped harness comes in 4 sizes, and a range of colours, with two points for attaching a leash, a handle and being an over-the-head design, it is definitely a strong contender.

The Embark Urban dog harness is designed to be a little more street style. With attractive designs on the chest plate and back, the embark harness is endeavouring to bring a little more fashion to the world of dog gear to ensure your pup stands out at the dog park!


Aluminium attachment points

the blue-9 balance harness on shelby the redbone coonhound y-shaped harness on hound dog
Do you see the structure here? The top part is virtually a collar! Do excuse Shelby’s excess skin though. The one thing I don’t like though, is the cinch (Slide glides) points around the neck, don’t ‘balance’ – and are deliberately misaligned because of the buckle on the right hand side of this picture – it’s strange! It works, but it’s instinctively strange to put left and right straps at “different” lengths

What I Love About The Embark Urban Harness


I know some of you love a handle! This works for you guys! The handle is present and sturdy – whilst it may not be perfect for a large, reactive dog, it is definitely functional and will hold smaller dogs with ease. Do remember, this does present a snag risk for the bush-dwelling dogs, and may not be appropriate for spaniels.

True to Size

A simple fact, but it really helps to know that these are reliable when you’re placing your order – but these do run nicely to size. Some harnesses struggle on this front, with some dimensions being a touch … wonky (shall we say, cough), but the Embark runs right. It matches it’s dimensions and does really well with it too.

Two Attachment Points

Now, it’s no secret that I love a two-point harness – particularly for training a loose leash – and this is something the embark harness offers with lightweight aluminium alloy attachment points. Whilst aluminium is not the strongest material available, it does offer substantial weather proofing.

But these dual points mean that training will be nice and easy too. I do love a piece of considerate design.

Embark Urban dog harness worn by Lucy the coonhound
I love how much room this harness gives Shelby behind the shoulders – but it still fits her chest too. Shelby has some pretty astonishing measurements (20 inch neck, 30 inch chest, 20 inch waist – I kid you not) so sometimes I can be hard to find something that works for her deep chest – but this actually works quite nicely for her.

What I Don’t Love About The Embark Urban Harness

Minimally Reflective

I cannot fathom why it has so few reflectors on it. It’s an urban harness and one of the biggest threats to any dogs in an urban environment is a car. Consequently, any harness designed for city living should have reflectors, or it’s a harness you’re limiting to day-time walks only – which isn’t practical in the winter or if you live much further north.

So… this one is a big draw back.

Handle kind of interferes with the leash attachment?

Because of the height of the handle and the comparative location of the leash attachment point, the embark harness struggles with leash attachment point being in front of the handle – this creates a sort of “I don’t know where I’m meant to put this” moment of going under the handle, over the handle or to the side – it’s a small feature, but it could work better.

Weak Stitching in places

When you monitor the reviews online, there’s a good chunk of them that show handles and leash attachment points pulling from the stitching, and even the sides pulling away from the seams. Whilst the side seams aren’t critical to the function of a harness, it does rather ruin the sleek look.

But the handle and the leash attachment points coming away? That’s a big concern.

We’ve experienced a little fraying (usually because ours are twisting and turning a lot), but it does seem to be consistent between my experiences and other reviews that this happens with larger breeds, and may suggest that this harness is more suited to smaller breeds.

Shelby the redbone coonhound pictured wearing the blue-9 harness which we're reviewing, and the whistle switch collar
The branding on these clips is nice – but the one around the neck means that if your dog is sensitive about over-the-head harnesses – you can definitely use this one. The back strap here is lifted a little – but it’s because Shel’s head is up-up and I’ve fitted it to fit when she’s in a ‘relaxed’ position.

Do I Recommend Embark Urban Harness?

It definitely works provided you’re walking during the day. This harness is the pretty harness in your collection, it’s your dogs stylish dress or shirt that they wear to stand out on a date, you know?

This would be more for small to medium sized dogs in my opinion, I feel like, for a large dog, it may not have the resilience you need to ensure comfort and happiness.

For a growing puppy, this harness has great strap length, but do remember that it’s a good idea to check the fit regularly – or if your dog may be inclined to increase or decrease in weight!

Not sure the Embark Urban harness is for you, or would you like to find the perfect leash to go with this? Why not go see how it ranks compared to other harnesses?

Author, Ali Smith

Ali Smith is the Positive Puppy Expert, dog trainer and is the founder of Rebarkable. She is passionate about helping puppy parents get things right, right from the start. To help create a puppy capable of being a confident and adaptable family member and keep puppies out of shelters.

Ali has won multiple awards for her dog training, and has had her blog (this blog!) rated as 2021 & 2022 worlds’ best pet blog!