Dogs, like people, need regular exercise, and that means taking them for a walk every day. Wearing a harness is one method to improve the quality of those everyday walks. The type of leash-pulling that might choke or injure a dog’s neck is minimised when wearing a harness since the leash attaches to the harness between the shoulders or at the chest. A properly fitted harness is beneficial for all dogs, but it is especially useful for dogs that pull or have breathing problems while they work out.
Don’t let the multitude of buckles and straps put you off! After learning the ins and outs of dog harnesses, you and your canine companion will enjoy the benefits of this simple gear.
How to Determine Your Dog’s Harness Size
Identifying a suitable match is the first step. A quality harness will be easily adjusted to fit your dog’s size and shape.
You can expect to find sizes ranging from small to extra-large in harnesses. Knowing your dog’s weight and measurements will help you choose the right size. The majority of dog harnesses provide measurement recommendations to ensure a snug and secure fit.
You first need to take your dog’s girth measurement about 2 inches above the elbow. Then, take an under-the-chin measurement of your dog’s neck. Choose the appropriate harness size depending on the measurements and weight. Leave some wiggle areas for alterations.
Instructions for Fastening Various Dog Harnesses
Those who have shopped for dog harnesses before know there is a wide selection to choose from. The procedure for attaching a harness to your dog will change depending on the model you choose. The universal truth is that not all dog toys are created equal. A harness should be utilised as a part of a positive reinforcement training programme, just like any other new training tool.
One or two D-rings (for attaching a lead) and buckled straps allow you to customise the harness to your dog’s size and shape. Keep an eye out for the D-ring, as its placement will specify the harness.
1. The Step-In Harness
If you’re looking for a step-in-style harness, the D-ring will be in the rear. Your dog’s front paws will need to enter the harness before you can fasten the clasp on his back. This style is recommended for tiny dogs, pups, and quick trips (such as from the car to the vet) because of the padding in the chest area.
2. The Front-Clip Harness
Avoid “no pull” harnesses whenever possible; they can be painful for dogs and prevent them from walking in their natural way, despite being advertised as such. Colour-coded straps are a common feature on front-clip harnesses to facilitate proper sizing. The collar loop (the part that goes around the wearer’s neck) of most front-clip harnesses is a different colour than the body straps. Place the D-ring in front of the dog’s chest. Attach the straps beneath your dog’s belly once you’ve placed the chest clip on your dog’s chest.
3. The Back-Clip Harness
You will most likely use these if you go for a stroll or a trek. A dog with a sensitive neck or one that tends to pull when aroused may benefit from this, as may a young puppy learning to walk on a lead. There will be a D-ring on the back, in the space between your dog’s shoulders, for the back-clip style of harness.
The smaller loop goes over the dog’s head and rests like a collar, so that’s where you should begin when putting this on. After that, guide your dog through the remaining openings. Tweak the fit by adjusting the straps’ sliding closures.
4. The Dual-Ring Harness
Some manufacturers offer harnesses with front and rear D-rings. This category includes the Balance, which works well for most dogs and can be used in a variety of situations. This harness will limit your dog’s tendency to pull while still allowing for their complete range of motion in the shoulders and torso. Also, it’s highly adjustable, so it can accommodate a wide variety of dog sizes and coat thicknesses.
A colourful strap runs down the dog’s back, linking the two separate loops (one at the collar, one at the torso). The collar loop should go on first, followed by the body loop straps being buckled from behind.
Putting on a harness for your dog is not as difficult as it may seem. With the right tools and the right approach, it can be done quickly and safely. Following the tips mentioned in this article can help your pooch be comfortable and secure with the harness on.
If you are looking for a great source of high-quality dog harnesses in Northern Ireland, look no further than our selections here at Love Harlso. We offer a wide range of harnesses and dog accessories that are sure to provide your four-legged friends with the comfort and mobility that they need. Feel free to check out our ‘Dog Harnesses and Accessories’ section for more of our harness variants and their prices.