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Finding the Right Dog Harness

Find the right dog harness with help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.

Taking your dog on a walk should be fun for you and your four-legged friend. However, making sure your dog has the right harness or collar is a must. Not only will the right dog harness give you better control of your pooch, but they’ll also be more comfortable. Looking at the right fit, size, and design will all help you find the right dog harness.

1. The Right Design

Finding the Right Dog Harness
From big to small, dogs of all sizes can benefit from the right dog harness.

There are a few different designs to choose from when you’re looking at dog harnesses.

Standard/Roman Harness – A standard harness has adjustable straps that go around the torso and below the front legs. You can attach the leash to the top of the harness.

Vest Harness – Vest harnesses are a great option because they don’t press on the dog’s neck. They’re mostly used with smaller dogs. They’re usually made with mesh for added comfort.

Step-In Harness – A step-in harness is similar to a standard harness. There are two holes that your dog steps in, and then they’re joined together in the back.

2. Size of Your Dog

When you’re deciding on a dog harness, take into consideration the size of your dog. Larger dogs that like to lunge or pull on the leash may benefit from a harness. The harness gives you more control over your dog when compared to a standard flat collar.

A vest harness is great for smaller dogs and dogs with breathing issues. They don’t press on the dog’s neck, and instead are strapped around the dog’s stomach and chest. Small dog breeds with delicate windpipes, such as pomeranians and chihuahuas, benefit from a vest harness. It puts no pressure on the trachea. Dog breeds who have trouble breathing because of their flat faces, such as french bulldogs and pugs, all benefit from a vest harness. If they pull on the leash, they’re not met with pressure, like a regular flat collar would do.

3. Finding the Right Fit

Once you know what kind of harness you’ll need for your pup, you’ll need to find the right size. You don’t want the harness to be too tight and constrict or hurt your dog. You also don’t want it to be too loose, where your dog can wriggle out of it.

To find the right size, first measure your dog’s girth, or around their rib cage. Use a cloth measuring tape to measure around their rib cage, right behind their front legs. Add two inches to this measurement. If your dog happens to fall between sizes, go with the next size up. The width of the dog harness should also be right for your dog: 1 inch or wider for large dogs, 3/4 inch for medium dogs and 1/2 inch or smaller for small dogs.

The right dog harness will not only help your dog be comfortable on the leash, but you can have better control of them. They’re a great tool when you’re training your dog to walk on a leash. For more tips on caring for your dogs and other furry family members, visit our Pet Care blog.


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