We all know how important it is to keep a dog on a leash, especially when in public. This is the safest way to socialize your pooch and still remain in control and also navigate whatever hostile situation may occur between your Dog and a human or your pooch and another dog.
However, while the essence behind a leash is still in view, using a retractable leash itself on your furry friend is no longer in fashion for various reasons, including how uncomfortable it makes a dog and the instances of cutting into a dog’s skin.
This is why a harness is the vogue thing to use on your pooch. But just like every other pet accessory, a dog harness comes in different shapes, sizes, and forms, and the key to getting your pooch quickly accustomed to one is by getting the right harness that suits your pooch’s body type.
In this article, we will introduce you to everything you need to know about getting the perfect harness for your Dog’s body type:
1. The size of your Dog
The right harness walks hand in hand with the right body size of the pooch. For instance, the right harness for a Rottweiler will be the wrong choice for a Chihuahua. To get the perfect harness for your Dog’s size, measure your Dog’s girth and weight by measuring its neck and chest area and its overall weight on a scale. Thereafter, check the harness for the appropriate dog size to ensure it is a personalised dog harness fit for your canine.
2. The material of the harness
The fabric or material of the harness also contributes to whether or not it is the best dog harness for your mutt. A harness made of webbed nylon is an ideal choice for a no-pull harness for energetic dogs that tend to pull away from their leashes. Similarly, cotton harnesses are great for hotter climates, while woollen harnesses are perfect for cold weather. Essentially, ensure your harness is of durable quality and promotes comfort for your canine companion.
3. Your Dog’s body shape
Different dog breeds come with different body shapes. Some are built more stoutly than others, while some others have smaller frames. For bigger dogs with broader chests like a Pitbull, a non-pull front-clip or front-attaching harness is best to give the owner greater control. In contrast, a back-clip or back-attaching harness is ideal for smaller dogs like a Border terrier with little to no tendencies to pull on the harness.
Pro-Tip: For adequate comfort for your furry friend and to maintain control of the harness, ensure your Dog’s harness is not too tight or too loose. Experts advise getting a harness, the strap of which you can fit two fingers under but not one you can easily pull over your Dog’s head when secured, especially for active dogs quick to run off or engage in energetic activities.
What other factors do you consider before getting a personalised dog harness for your Dog?