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How to Choose the Right Size Harness for Your Dog?

How to Choose the Right Size Harness for Your Dog?

In case that you were wondering where you can fit and find the perfect harness for your favorite pet, you can stop doing it right now because you have come to the right place. We will help you to learn all about harnesses. Since the offer is more than just huge and there are so many options out there, here is something like a short guide that will help you to get through the process.

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A collar or a harness

There are a lot of excellent and justified reasons why your dog would rather wear a harness over a collar. Depending on the race, build and size, some dogs fit more for collars while other dogs fit more with harnesses. First and the most obvious reason why you should pick a harness for your dog would be the neck thickness. If you have a skinny and small dog with a thin neck, it is obvious that you will need a harness for it.

However, this does not necessarily mean that if you have an energetic dog with a thick neck, it will need a collar. You will want to know that traditional collars were made to choke a dog when he starts pulling. Instead of choking your dog, you can rather suspend him by using a harness that will distribute the weight of your dog across the chest. Additionally, it is easier to control your dog with a harness.

The right harness size

The most important measurements that you need to take into your consideration would be chest, neck, and weight. These measures are crucial when you are making a decision about which size would be the right size harness for your dog.

Chest

Start at the bottom of the rib cage and then go up and over the back. Use a flexible cloth tape for measuring.

Neck

The best way to measure the neck is wrapping the tape around the thickest part. That is the only way to get the right picture about how thick your dog’s neck is.

Weight

If your dog is a bit stronger, you would probably want to get him a bit bigger harness. Weight is not that much crucial when you are making a decision about the right size harness but, you will want your dog to feel comfortable so, it is better to give him some breathing room.

Other considerations

If you are looking for a harness for just walking your dog, no training what so ever, plastic buckles would be the best for you then. If you want to train your dog or pay attention to some extra safety in your car, metal buckles would be better for those cases. And metal buckles are much more fur friendly than plastic ones, for sure.

There are two types of harnesses. Overhead, harnesses are what the name tells you. You slide your harness over the head of your dog. Step in harness is a bit different as it requires your dog to step into it. There are some notions that these harnesses are less secure but, then again, it only depends on how strong your dog really is. Overhead, harnesses are known for providing more points of adjustment and padding and are excellent for active and challenging dogs.

The points of adjustment are critical. If you buy a harness that seemed right to you at the time but later proves that it could be better, you can cope with that if your harness has many points of adjustment. And if your dog gets bigger in time, it will be much easier for you to just adjust your harness to the new size than to go and buy a new one.

The signs of improper harness

These are just some of the tips that you can take in your consideration before buying a harnesses for your dog. The thing that is crucial is the size of the harness. If it’s incorrect your dog can lose fur and chaff around the tackle area, wiggle free, the harness can rotate and, in the worst case scenario, your dog will just refuse to wear it by pointing it out very openly.

For that reason, we would advise you to take all the measurements, and read our guide to learn more about putting on a dog harness.

About The Author

Larry Gilliam

I am a proud owner of two wonderful dogs - Ginger and Toby. And they are the main reason I've decided to raise awareness about the importance of proper pet care.

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