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How To Measure For A Dog Harness
Get out your measuring tape! It's time to learn how to measure your dog for a harness before you make your purchase. This will help you to get the right size the first time and hopefully avoid having to make a return or exchange.

You might be wondering why many harnesses don't list a weight range for the sizing. Well, since dogs come in so many lovable shapes and sizes, they can carry their weight differently. For example, a 10 lb. Yorkie is going to look and fit accessories very different than a 10 lb. pug. Your best bet for selecting the right size is to measure both the neck girth and chest girth, with the chest being the most important measurement. Once you have your measurements, refer to the size chart for the harness you are interested in (size charts can be found in the description of each item). Please note that not all harnesses are made equal, which is all the more reason to know your dog's measurements! Many manufacturers use different sizing models, so your dog might be a size Small in one brand or style and a size Medium in another.

So how do you measure a dog for a harness? First, take out your soft measuring tape. Ideally, your dog should be standing up when taking measurements to allow the chest to expand at its fullest. Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your dog's chest, just behind his or her front legs. Do the same at the base of the neck (where a collar would sit comfortably). If you don't have a soft measuring tape, you can always do the same with a piece of string or dental floss, cut it where the two ends meet around the dog, and then lay it out and measure it with a hard ruler. Congratulations! You're ready to shop!

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