How to Properly Fit a Dog Harness

Greetings, dog owners! Today, we’ll conquer the often puzzling task of fitting a dog harness correctly. This post will guide you through the significance of harness size, selecting the ideal harness, and provide a detailed step-by-step fitting guide. Ready to untangle this knot? Let’s get started!

Measure up

Before you embark on the quest for the perfect harness, arm yourself with the most formidable weapon in your arsenal – a tape measure. With a soft measuring tape, measure around the broadest part of your dog’s chest. If your furry friend is more wiggly than a bowl of jelly on a roller coaster, use a piece of string instead. You can mark it and measure it later when your dog is busy contemplating the existential nature of that suspicious squirrel in the backyard.

Fur Real: Adjusting for the Fluff

When it comes to fur, your dog’s got style! However, this adds another wrinkle to our sizing conundrum. If your dog is as fluffy as a marshmallow, you need to account for the extra fur. An easy rule of thumb is to add an extra inch to your measurement if your dog has a thick coat. After all, their fabulous fur shouldn’t cramp their comfort!

Harness Types

  • The front-clip harness is like a gentle guide, steering your enthusiastic pup away from chasing squirrels, kids, or the postman.

  • The back-clip harness is more of a laid-back companion, perfect for dogs who already know how to walk politely and won’t drag you around like a kite in a tornado.

  • The dual-clip harness, as the name suggests, has both front and back clips. It’s the Swiss Army knife of dog harnesses – versatile and handy in different situations.

  • The no-pull harness is a lifesaver for those of us who own dogs who believe they’re in the sled race every time they step out for a walk.

  • Step-in harnesses means your pet can just step in, buckle up, and off you go!

  • Lastly, vest harnesses provide more coverage and distribute pressure evenly across the chest and back, great for small or delicate dogs.

A Harness for Every Hound

Picking the right harness isn’t just about the type, it’s also about understanding your dog’s size, breed, and temperament. For instance, a Jack Russell Terrier that’s got more energy than a toddler on a sugar high would benefit from a no-pull or front-clip harness. Conversely, a placid Greyhound might be perfectly suited to a back-clip harness. As in many aspects of life, one size does not fit all when it comes to choosing the right harness for your furry friend.

Fitting the Harness:

Imagine you’re about to assemble a puzzle, except this puzzle has the potential to wiggle, run, and give you those irresistible puppy eyes. Fear not, brave dog parent, for here’s your foolproof guide to fitting that harness.

Step 1: Harness Prep

Open and loosen all the straps of the harness. Consider this the groundwork of your puzzle

Step 2: The Grand Entry

With your harness open and ready, it’s time for your dog to step into it, quite literally. Make sure the harness is positioned correctly. Pro tip: have a treat ready to reward your dog for their patience and cooperation. Positive reinforcement.

Step 3: Buckle Up for Adventure

Fasten the buckles on the harness. If your dog starts fidgeting or acts like a breakdancer in a music video, don’t worry. It’s a new feeling and they’ll soon adjust.

Step 4: A Fine Balance – Adjusting the Straps

Now, onto the adjustment phase. Ensure that the straps are tightened just enough to be secure, but not so much that they cause discomfort. Remember, we’re aiming for a fit that’s ‘just right’

Step 5: The Perfect Fit

Last but not least, double-check the fit. You should be able to slide two fingers comfortably between the harness and your dog’s body. If you see your dog trying to wriggle out or if the harness seems to restrict movement, readjust the straps. Once your dog appears comfortable and the fit looks secure, take a moment to admire your handiwork – fitting a dog harness is no small feat!

You’ve successfully traversed the exciting path of harness selection and fitting. With time and patience, this process will become second nature, leading to comfortable, safe, and enjoyable walks with your four-legged friend. Here’s to countless joyful walks and adventures ahead with your perfectly harnessed pet!