How to Measure a Dog For a Harness

It is perfectly clear that a dog harness is way more comfortable and effective than a simple collar. Not only that but it also has a number of safety features and will be of incredible value to you and your pet. If you still have any doubts then you can read this collar vs harness comparison.

Many pet parents struggle when it is time to select the proper harness for their furry friends. We will take a look at this no-so-complicated ordeal and will give you a few pointers on how to measure your dog for a harness in order to select the item that suits your needs best.

How to measure a dog for a harness

It is important to know how to measure your dog so that you do not end up buying a harness that doesn’t fit. We won’t go on listing all the risks and hazards of having a harness too tight or too loose.

In our case two measurements matter the most - the neck measurement and the girth circumference. You can use pretty much any measuring tool for that purpose including a tape measure or a tailor’s measure.

  • Get your puppy to stand still on a flat surface – this is step number one. Make sure your pet is kept entertained during this procedure as any movement might result in making the wrong calculations. A treat will do wonders for you in this situation. Besides, you should always make sure you reward your pup for any effort that they make.
  • Second, make sure you locate the withers of your dog. You will see a small ridge between the shoulder blades of your pet. This, in fact, should also be the tallest point of the body of your dog. What you have to do next is measure the neck. That’s achieved by measuring the area right above the withers and going underneath right above the chest. This is the natural area in which the collar typically falls.
  • Moving on. Now it is time to see the length of the chest circumference of your dog. Similarly to humans – you measure the biggest part of the chest. This time we are going right below the withers. Measure the parts right behind the dog’s legs. This is where you will get the chest at its deepest. You are almost done. There’s one more thing to check.

Weight also matters and this is why you should look for a harness that might be a few inches larger than the measurements you just took. See the different weight categories for every harness and if your dog falls into a certain one that also requires similar measurements to the ones you just took, then that’s your harness.

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As you head to the store you should also have a clear idea on what type of harness you will be buying. The step-in harness requires your dog to put its front paws through the straps. Then it comes back around the neck and is strapped together. have a look at this in-depth guide on different types of harnesses.

A more comfortable option might be the over-the-head harness. It quickly goes over the head of the dog and there is a buckle that is strapped underneath. Your pet won’t be required to do endure anything unpleasant as this harness is also easy to remove. Since we mentioned comfort, you should always check if the harness is too tight on your pet. Put two fingers under the straps and loosen the harness if needed.