I dont know how much you are actually willing to invest in a harness as you mentioned for just a few times, but this harness is by far the best I've ever had. And whats great about it is that you have several locations to put the lead including in front of the dog so that when he tries to pull he comes right back to you thus training himself, literally. Also has a nice heavy duty handle to give you more control over him when necessary especially if he is a puller and gets excited when meeting other dogs or people. These are the people who have it the cheapest, and I've actually met Dean & Tyler (The dogs in most of the photographs). Right now its 40.80 plus the 8.00 shipping, and you have plenty of options as far as these patches but you can also just get the plain patches. Its a good investment, but again not to sure what your budget is but I'm just throwing it out there, love the product, made of great strong material. Hope this helps a bit.