How to Measure Your Pet For A Harness

Collar Vs Harness? 

If you are taking your pet on a leash often, whether it’s for walks or to use the bathroom, a Harness is a safer and more comfortable option. For daily wear, it’s not necessary to keep your pet in a harness, but for leash purposes, they work much more efficiently. 


Harnesses reduce the amount of stress placed on a pet’s neck by redirecting it to its chest. Collars can potentially choke and harm your pet. 


Dog parents know the struggle of getting their pup into a harness. One of the ways to make the process easier is to ensure that they have a properly fitting harness. An ill-fitting harness is going to take you much longer to put on and take off of your pet. 


How Do I Measure my Dog for a harness? 

Ideally, you want your pet to be able to freely move/use their shoulders without any restriction of movement. The harness should sit low across their chest and not across their neck or throat. Harness sizes range depending on who makes them, so it is important to note the measurement chart they provide. 


When determining what size will fit your pet best, you’ll need to know their weight along with measurements of their chest and neck. To accurately measure, use a cloth tape measure (the one that tailors use). Start by placing one end of the tape measure on the underside, bottom of the ribcage, then behind the front legs and around their body until you’ve met the start of your measuring tape. Next place the measuring tape around the thickest part of their neck to get their neck measurement. 


You will use the neck and chest measurements, along with their weight to determine what size will fit them best. Look at several harness options and brands so that you can find the best harness shape for your pet. 


How Do I Tell If My Pet’s Harness Is Too Small?

You’ll want to make sure that your pet’s harness is not too small by sticking two fingers under the harness while they’re wearing it. There should be enough room for you to put your hand underneath, but not too much room that they are sliding in and out of it. 


We suggest sizing up if your dog’s measurements fall in between the cusp of two different sizes. If their harness is too tight it can cause chafing and hair loss so it’s better to tighten a harness that is a bit too big. 



When searching for the perfect harness option for your pet, just remember to properly measure them, get their accurate weight, and size up if necessary. Keep in mind that if you purchase a harness for a growing puppy, you will need to re-purchase when necessary. Though it can be tedious, your pets will be much happier in a harness that fits them perfectly. 

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