How to properly fit a dog harness

How to properly fit a dog harness

As pet owners, we want to ensure the safety and comfort of our furry friends at all times, especially when we take them out for an adventure. One of the most important tools to help us achieve this goal is a well-fitted harness. The Outback Hound Ultra Lite Comfort Harness is a popular choice among pet owners due to its lightweight, breathable material and adjustable straps for a custom fit. In this article, we will discuss how to properly measure and fit a dog harness, specifically for the Outback Hound Ultra Lite Comfort Harness.

Measuring your dog for the harness

Before purchasing a harness, it is important to measure your dog to ensure a proper fit. To measure your dog's chest girth, use a soft measuring tape or a piece of string and wrap it around the widest part of your dog's rib cage, just behind their front legs. Make sure to add a few extra inches to allow for breathing and movement.

Once you have the chest girth measurement, refer to the sizing chart provided by the harness manufacturer to determine the correct size for your dog. It is important to note that each brand may have slightly different sizing, so always refer to the specific sizing chart for the harness you are purchasing.

Ultra Lite Comfort Harness Size Chart 

 Size Chest Neck
Small 18-22 inch (46-56cm) 11-16 inch (28-40cm)
Medium 22-26 inch (56-68cm) 14-20 inch (36-50cm)
Large 26-32 inch (68-82cm) 17-23 inch (44-58cm)
X-Large 32-41 inch (82-106cm) 20-26 inch (52-66cm)


Fitting the harness

Once you have the correct size harness for your dog, it is time to fit the harness. Start by placing the harness over your dog's head, making sure the front strap is between their front legs. Then, clip the side buckles together and adjust the straps for a snug fit. It is important to ensure the harness fits snugly but is not too tight as this can restrict breathing and movement.

Check the fit of the harness by running your fingers between the harness and your dog's body. You should be able to fit a couple of fingers between the harness and your dog's skin without it being too loose or too tight. Also, check that the harness does not rub or chafe your dog's skin in any way.

 Tips for using the harness

Once you have properly measured and fitted the harness, there are a few tips to keep in mind when using it:

  • Always supervise your dog while they are wearing the harness to ensure they do not get tangled or caught on anything.
  • Check the harness periodically to ensure it is still snug and properly fitted.
  • Use the harness for walking, jogging or other low-impact activities. Avoid using the harness for activities that involve pulling or excessive strain on the harness.
  • Clean the harness regularly to prevent odors and bacteria buildup.

Measuring and fitting your dogs harness properly is essential for the safety and comfort of your furry friend. By following these simple steps and tips, you can ensure a proper fit for your dog and enjoy worry-free walks and runs together.

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