Did you know that almost 40% of households in the US have at least one dog? That’s about 50 million households!
These animals are faithful companions that love us even when we’re at our lowest. As long as the treats keep coming, dogs keep loving us and keeping us company. For that reason, so many people choose to add a dog to their family.
It’s important to keep your dog safe and happy. This is easily achieved with a harness. However, you might not know how to measure your dog for a harness.
A harness can reduce potential injury, keep your dog secure, and improve training results. A proper fit is key to ensure comfort, so read on to learn how to measure your dog!
Why Should Your Dog Wear a Harness?
Many people opt for a collar as it’s easier to put on. However, a harness is better compared to a piece of safety equipment that can keep your dog and others away from harm.
Several scientific studies have been conducted on the forces involved on the dog’s neck and torso with a collar as compared to a harness. They have conclusively found that safety is one of the greatest benefits of harnesses. The findings of this study are summarized below.
Some collars have spikes in them and are known as prong collars, while others tighten when pulled and are known as choke collars. These are especially dangerous and can cause damage to the brain, trachea, and other sensitive neck tissues. They can also compress the jugular.
Even without the prongs and choking features, collars can put sudden excessive force on the neck and throat, especially if the dog is prone to chasing and jumping.
The forces of a harness on the dog were also measured and revealed that force is distributed over the chest and torso area, reducing impact and strain.
This makes them especially great options for smaller dogs or older dogs who are too delicate to have excessive force on their necks. However, all dogs can benefit from a harness.
Measuring Your Dog
In order to measure your dog and pick the appropriate size harness, you’ll need the following:
- A scale
- A soft measuring tape
You might already know how much your dog weighs from visiting the vet, in which case you don’t need to re-weigh your dog. An approximate number is fine.
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