How To Measure A Dog For A Harness

As pet parents, we are well aware that our dogs come in all shapes and sizes. From Great Danes, Labradors, Poodles, Shih Tzus, and chihuahuas, their bodies simply vary.

This is why it doesn’t come off as a surprise that clothing and accessories in our pooches may vary as well. There are breeds with chunkier necks, while there are also some with thinner ones. Needless to say that it’s very important that your dog’s gear fits properly.

Aside from clothes, collars, and shoes, there’s another accessory that you may want to consider learning how to measure, and that is a dog harness.

Pug on leash

What Are Dog Harnesses For?

We are more than glad you asked!

A dog harness acts as a collar, but according to some, has more advantages over the usual dog collar that we are accustomed to.

Popularly known as a much more comfortable alternative, dog harnesses provide much better control over dog collars and even a leash! It’s also a safer option for dogs since harnesses are known to take the pressure off of your dog’s throat and helps reduce the risk of having injuries.

However, getting the right harness size is crucial to maximizing all the positive effects of a harness to your pooch.

Aside from the neck measurement, some owners even consider the overall size and weight of their dogs when picking out a harness. From shoulder blades to their rib cage, getting the right harness size can be the difference between a memorable trip to the park to a completely forgetful one for your dog.

This is why in this feature, we are going to discuss just how you can measure your dog whenever you opt to get him or her a harness, and what are the other things that you can consider.

Let’s get right into it!

How To Measure A Dog For A Harness

When discussing measurement, there are certain things you can always consider.

For the norm, a tape measure is always handy. This measuring tape allows you to check the sizing accurately, whenever you try and purchase a harness for your pet.

One of the measurements you’ll be needing will be a chest measurement.

This can be taken by wrapping your measuring tape around the widest part of your dog’s torso. These are usually located right around their front legs or around their armpits.

Another important measurement when opting for a comfortably sized harness for your pet is your dog’s girth. This is known as the circumference of your dog’s chest. Starting with the ridge right between your dog’s shoulder blades, draw the measuring tape around her chest just behind her front legs and back to the withers on the other area.

You can also measure their lower neck since this will be crucial for fitting a harness or coat. Simply wrap your tape measure around their neck, and note that measuring the upper neck also serves as a good reference for fitting collars.

Do note that it’s always a good idea to go for a size bigger if your dog falls under in-between sizes.

A Few More Considerations

When picking out the right size, always consider the breed, size, and weight of your dog. Always know that dogs can grow over time, so you can consider getting one if your dog’s breed is one of those known to grow at a certain rate.

Also ensure that the harness fits just right, with enough support for control and comfort. Lastly, be mindful that no sort of pressure falls on your pet’s throat to ensure safety and comfort.

The Wrap Up

And there we have it! We hope this feature was able to help you out in determining how to measure your dog for a harness. Just remember to always consult your trusted veterinarian for even more professional help!

Becky Roberts

Becky Roberts

One of Becky's favourite things to do every morning is to browse the top pet-related forums, looking for issues and questions that people have. She then shortlists the most common ones, and turns them into blog posts for Fuzzy Rescue. She's had over 4 cats and 2 dogs over the past decade, so she does know a thing or 2 about raising/training, and more importantly, loving them. She's the only one on our team that doesn't like coffee, but it seems to us she really doesn't need more energy :). We're very fortunate to have her on board as she does most of the heavy listing for the site, outputting an insane amount of content each month. Read More

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