Buying a harness for your dog requires a quick assessment of the right size to fit your pooch. If the harness is too tight, they’ll feel uncomfortable, and if it’s too loose, you’ll lose control in critical situations.
Start your harness assessment by grabbing a measuring tape to take the following measurements.
Chest: Start at the base of the rib cage above your dog’s belly. Measure around the chest in a loop back to your starting point.
Neck: Find the thickest part of your dog’s neck and take the measurement around the diameter.
Weight: Trying to get your dog to stand on a scale is next to impossible. Pick your pooch up, take your weight while holding them, and subtract your bodyweight from the total. If you own a medium or large breed that’s too heavy to pick up, you might need to take them to the vet for weighing. Don’t skip this vital step!
After you’ve collected your dog’s measurements, visit an online retailer and select one of the best harnesses that suits your breed and their activity level. When choosing the equipment, most retailers offer fitting guides that account for the measurements in your assessment – the most common being the weight of your furry friend.
We find that it’s best to choose an overhead harness with quick-release plastic buckles for easy fitment and release. Make sure you have the right size, or the plastic clips may pinch your dog’s skin during fitment. Most overhead harnesses come with four or five adjustable buckles to ensure a customized and snug fit around the chest and neck.