If you’ve already measured for a dog harness, you know the process can be a bit overwhelming. Not only can a poor-fitting harness cause your dog discomfort and pose a safety issue for dogs who can wiggle out and break free, but it can also cause medical problems. We can help to ensure the right fit of Boogs & Boop harnesses for both safety and style.
Selecting the Right Size Dog Harness
The top of our harness with the D ring should be parallel to your dog's back. It should lay flat. Positioned too high can restrict your dog's neck, while positioned too low can cause lower straps to press against the belly.
How to Fit a Dog Harness
First and foremost, loosen all the straps and unbuckle all buckles before putting the harness on your dog for the first time. The harness should be as easy to slip on as possible because once the harness is on, you can always tighten the straps for a proper fit.
Then slip the harness neck hole over your pup's head, with the back loop—the widest one that goes over the ribs—first. The buckles to secure the harness will be around the leg holes. Buckle behind your pup's legs, creating loops for each front paw. Leave room behind the front legs to allow the dog to move their legs freely without the straps being too far back, putting pressure on soft tissue of the belly.
Tighten the straps. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and your dog's body. This allows some room for when your pup runs, plays, or tugs on a leash. On the other hand, an overly loose harness may also interfere with your dog's movement.
Risks of a Poorly Fit Dog Harness
Any of the following are signs that your dog's harness is the improper size or not fitted properly.
- Bare spots (loss of fur) where the harness touches the body
- Chafing around the harness area
- Ability for your dog to wiggle free
- Back piece of the harness rotates to either side
- Dog strongly resists walking
The risks of using a poorly fitted/sized harness can cause the same health problems or injuries as a dog pulling in a collar or while wearing a cross-shoulder harness, so ensure a safe fit by following our guidelines above and our more detailed sizing instructions for Boogs & Boop products. A comfy and correctly fitting harness can be the difference between a safe, fun walk and an extremely difficult one.