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  • How to Measure a Dog for a Harness

    December 07, 2022 5 min read

    How to Measure a Dog for a Harness

    Introduction: Your New Journey into the Dog Harness World

    Entering the world of dog harnesses can be both exciting and overwhelming, especially when faced with a multitude of questions. You may be wondering: how should a dog harness fit? What size harness does my dog need? How do I put a harness on my dog? Don't worry! We're here to help you navigate through these questions and more. With the assistance of our very own Teddy, we'll walk you through a step-by-step video and comprehensive guide on how to put on a Bailey and Coco easy fit dog harness, a universal solution for any dog breed.

    Section 1: Preparations and Tools

    Before we get started on measuring your dog for a harness, let's go over the materials you'll need:

    A tape measure or a ruler and a piece of string

    Your dog (of course)  Your harness

    Section 2: Measuring Your Dog for the Perfect Fit

    Step 1 - Measure your dog

    To ensure the best fit, you'll need to take two key measurements:

    1. Gently wrap the tape measure or string around your pup's neck, where their collar would usually sit. Take note of this measurement.
    2. Measure around the thickest part of their chest.

    With these measurements in hand, refer to our size chart to determine the ideal harness size for your beloved pup.

    Section 3: Customizing the Harness Fit

    Step 2 – Adjust the chest straps

    Fine-tuning the chest straps is essential for a secure and comfortable fit. Follow these instructions to tighten or loosen the straps as needed:

    To tighten:

    1. Pull on the bottom strap between the buckle and the adjusting slider towards the harness to feed as much of the strap through as needed.
    2. Pull on the buckle to even the strap out.
    3. To tighten further, feed the required amount of upper strap through the slider and pull.
    4. Pull any excess of the bottom strap through the buckle, then through the slider, and tuck it into the harness opening.
    5. Repeat if necessary.

    To loosen:

    1. Feed as much of the upper strap as needed through the slider and out the other side.
    2. Pull on the buckle to even out the strap.
    3. To loosen further, while holding the bottom strap, pull the slider toward the buckle, feeding the strap through the buckle to even it out.
    4. Repeat if necessary.

      Section 4: Adjusting the Neck Straps

      Step 3 - Adjust the neck straps

      For optimal comfort, you'll also need to adjust the neck straps:

      1. The neck strap with a buckle works in the same way as the chest strap.
      2. To tighten the neck strap that attaches both sides of the harness together, feed the upper strap through the adjusting slider and out the other side.
      3. Pull the slider under the elastic and continue feeding as much of the strap through as required.
      4. To lengthen, simply reverse the direction.

      Section 5: Putting the Harness on Your Dog

      Step 4 - Put on the harness

      With your dog's harness perfectly adjusted, it's time to put it on:

      1. Have your pup step their feet through the harness.
      2. Fasten the buckles, using the lock feature when necessary.

      Congratulations! You now know how to fit a harness to a dog. Your dog is ready for safe and comfortable adventures!

      Section 6: The Fun Begins - Shopping for Your Dog's Harness

      Now that you're equipped with the knowledge of how to measure and fit a dog harness, it's time for the fun part - shopping for the perfect harness for your furry friend! Explore various styles, colors, and materials to find one that not only suits your dog's needs but also matches their personality. Remember that a well-fitted harness is not only comfortable but can also improve your dog's safety during walks and other activities.


      Happy dog wearing a well-fitted Bailey and Coco easy fit harness, ready for a walk


       Section 7: Harness Care and Maintenance Tips

      To prolong the life of your dog's harness and maintain its effectiveness, follow these simple care and maintenance tips:

      1. Regularly inspect the harness for any signs of wear, fraying, or damage. Replace it if necessary to ensure your dog's safety and comfort.
      2. Clean the harness according to the manufacturer's instructions, which may include hand or machine washing.
      3. Ensure that the harness is completely dry before putting it back on your dog to prevent chafing and discomfort.

      Section 8: Harness Safety Tips

      A properly fitted harness can make all the difference in your dog's safety and comfort. Keep these safety tips in mind as you and your pup embark on new adventures together:

      1. Always check the fit of the harness before each use, as adjustments may be needed over time or after cleaning.
      2. Be mindful of your dog's comfort and watch for any signs of distress or difficulty breathing. If you notice any issues, recheck the fit and make necessary adjustments.
      3. If your dog is new to wearing a harness, allow them time to get used to the sensation. Start with short walks and gradually increase the duration as your dog becomes more comfortable.

      Section 9: Exploring Different Types of Harnesses

      Now that you have a solid understanding of how to measure and fit a harness, it's essential to explore different types of harnesses to find the best one for your dog. In our blog post, "What Type of Harness is Best for Your Dog?", we dive deep into various harness designs, materials, and features to help you make an informed decision. From no-pull harnesses to step-in harnesses and everything in between, we've got you covered.

      Some key factors to consider when choosing the right harness for your dog include:

      • Your dog's size and breed: Different breeds have unique body shapes, so it's important to select a harness that accommodates your dog's specific needs.
      • Your dog's temperament and behavior: If your dog tends to pull on the lead, a no-pull harness may help improve control and reduce the strain on your dog's neck.
      • The intended purpose: Will you use the harness primarily for walking, running, hiking, or training? Choose a harness that's designed to meet your specific needs.

      To learn more, read our blog post: What Type of Harness is Best for Your Dog?

      Section 10: Harnesses with Handles for Added Control

      Dog harnesses with handles offer additional support and control, particularly for large or strong dogs, dogs with mobility issues, or those who require extra assistance during walks, hikes, or training sessions. In our blog post, "Dog Harness with Handle", we discuss the benefits of harnesses with handles and provide tips on selecting the right one for your dog.

      Benefits of a harness with a handle include:

      • Improved control: A handle allows you to easily guide your dog and prevent them from lunging or jumping, especially in situations where they might become overly excited or anxious.
      • Assistance for dogs with mobility issues: A harness with a handle can help support dogs with arthritis, hip dysplasia, or other mobility challenges, making it easier for them to navigate stairs, get in and out of vehicles, or simply move around more comfortably.
      • Safety during outdoor adventures: When hiking or navigating uneven terrain, a handle can provide added security and support, ensuring your dog stays safe and comfortable.

      To discover more about harnesses with handles and how they can benefit your dog, check out our blog post: Dog Harness with Handle

      In Conclusion: Harness Knowledge for Happy Dogs and Happy Owners

      By following this comprehensive guide on measuring and fitting a dog harness, and exploring different harness types and features, you'll be well-equipped to find the perfect harness for your beloved dog. A well-fitted, comfortable, and functional harness will not only enhance your dog's safety and comfort during walks and activities but will also contribute to a more enjoyable and stress-free experience for both you and your dog. Happy walking, and don't forget to explore our other informative blog posts to learn more about harnesses and other dog-related topics!