Harnesses are widely used everywhere and they are great. Depending on the style, they can help with pulling, give owners more control and can prevent escaping. Fitting dog harnesses correctly is always extremely important and ensuring your dogs comfort is also a priority (would you wear a badly fit tee shirt / sweater?). However, if your dog’s harness does not fit properly, it could be causing damage to your dog that you are unaware of until its too late.
- 1 What are the dangers of a badly fit harness?
- 2 What should you watch for?
- 3 How can I ensure the harness is perfect?
- 4 What are the best harnesses to purchase?
- 5 What about front-clasp harnesses, do they pose different dangers than the traditional kind?
- 6 Fitting Dog Harnesses Correctly
What are the dangers of a badly fit harness?
bad fitting harnesses can cause problems for several reasons. Harnesses that don’t fit properly can either cause discomfort if they are too tight or cause rubbing if they are loose and not fitted properly to the dog. When harnesses don’t fit correctly, dogs can manoeuvre out of their harness, which causes an increased risk of the dog either running off or getting into an accident.
FItting your Dog Harness Correctly also ensures that when your dog is in your car, that it is safe and secure with a seatbelt clip too
What should you watch for?
- Make sure your pup is comfortable moving
- Sores can develop underneath the armpit area
- If your dog is being harmed, their movements may not be normal
- Choking if the harness is too tight around your dog’s neck.
How can I ensure the harness is perfect?
Allow your dog to get used to the harness around the house. Put the harness on for short periods of time in the house to ensure he/she is comfortable. Always do this a few times before going on walks.
What are the best harnesses to purchase?
Head over to our home page – this page will give you some insight into some great Harnesses for your dog that will also help train your dog to stop pulling on the lead.
What about front-clasp harnesses, do they pose different dangers than the traditional kind?
There is no right answer. Each dog is different. Some dog train better with a front clasp. Other dogs prefer the back clasp.
Fitting Dog Harnesses Correctly