A Guide to Fitting Your Dog Harness
If you don’t want your dog slipping from the harness and disappearing down the street, then it is important to get one that is a proper fit. A properly fitting harness can make your dog walk alongside you happily on a loose leash. If you are to buy a harness for your dog, then it is important to know how to measure it.
Your dog should wear a harness instead of just a collar is it pulls or escapes, or if you are training it. If a dog is a puller and pulls on a collar, then he can choke himself. The pressure on the throat of the dog can damage it and cause problems in breathing. A harness is ideal for dogs that pull because the pressure will not be on the throat but on the chest, which is a larger, less sensitive area.
Measurements should be taken before buying a harness for your dog. If you want to find a strong harness for your dog to wear, measure your dog’s weight first. A poor quality harness can break if an overweight dog pulls hard on it. The best harness is that which will not break or fray no matter how hard your dog pulls.
You need to take a tape measure and measure the largest part of your dog’s chest. You should start at the bottom of the rib cage, then up and over the back, and then back to where you began. You will also need to measure your dog’s neck. To measure the neck size, wrap the tape measure around the thickest part of your dog’s neck. Stores have sizing charts so make sure to check the right harness with the sizes that you have measured. Choose the next size up if your dog’s size is in between two sizes.
Dog harnesses come in different styles. There will be a different style and fit for each type of harness. Make sure that the harness fits snugly on your dog but it should not be too tight. In order for your dog not to be able to back out of the harness, make sure that it is tight enough. And the ring that you clip the leash to should sit higher in their chest. A fit harness would enable you to fit two fingers between the harness and your dog.
If the harness does not fit right, your dog will resist walking or put up a fight when you want to put the harness on.
If your dog harness does not fit, it can cause discomfort and pose safety issues for your dog since he can easily break free, and it can also cause medical problems. A harness that is too tight or too small can restrict the movement of your dog. Incorect use of the muscles can cause stress on the joints and bones.