Dog Harness Buyers Guide



Are you considering buying a new dog harness but unsure of what to look for? Perhaps you have bought one from somewhere else and it’s never really fitted? Well read on because at K9active, with our vast range of dog harnesses for sale, have decided to create an easy 5 step harness buyer’s guide.

Whether you are looking for a shiny new dog harness because the old one is worn out, think your dog deserves something new or are simply choosing a dog harness for the first time it can be difficult to decide which harness is suitable.

Step 1 – Why Do You Need A Dog Harness?

More and more people are choosing the dog harness above the collar and as a result there is a vast range of sturdy, comfortable and even beautiful harness types, but with so much choice how do you pick just one?

A very important point to consider is why exactly do you need a harness? Generally people decide on a harness to ensure that when on a leash, lifted, pulling or supported, the dog’s throat is not taking all of the weight.

When you know the answer to this you are far better placed to choose the right harness for your dog.  

Step 2 – What Will the Dog Be Doing?

What will your dog be doing when he wears the harness? It is vitally important to consider the planned activities when deciding what your dog wears at the time.

So, ask yourself, will your dog be swimming and potentially need some help to be lifted out of the water? If so he may require a specific harness built to not only be comfy but also the dry quickly and hold the dog’s weight.

Maybe you will be taking your dog running and need a specific sporty harness designed for those that pull with permission. A Joring system style harness will easily support this type of activity.

Perhaps you just need a daily walking harness to stop your dog pulling on walks and give you a better sense of control? For this a double loop point harness may be just what you need. Or maybe you would like a harness that will double up as seatbelt security in the car?

Have a really good think about what your dog will be doing in his harness and then you can make the right choice first time.

Step 3 – Research Harness Types

Rushing to buy a harness because it is cheap and looks nice is one of the worst things that you can do. It’s far easier to actually spend more on a dog harness because you have chosen the wrong one first time.

Some people have cupboards full of ill-fitting dog wear and all are such a waste of money because for one reason or another the dog will never be able to wear them. So take a look at dog harness types and which will be best for your own dog well before you get out the credit card.

Step 4 – Break that Dog Harness Down

Next, before any decisions are made, take a look at the finer points of each harness that you consider.

  • Include the fabric type in your research, if your dog does a lot of swimming then choose a quick drying dog harness. If he is a gentle soul that never pulls on the leash then a soft, comfortable harness will usually be enough.
  • Similarly check out how adjustable the harness is and how many points that it can actually be adjusted at. The more adjustment points a dog harness has the more custom it will fit your dog.
  • Finally look at the strength of the harness and be sure that it is fit for the purpose that you would like it to be used. A car harness, for instance, is better if it has been crash tested for vehicle safety whilst a dog that is being lifted in and out of boats will need super strong attachment points.

Yet if you are looking for a simple dog walking harness with a basic design then your main concern is comfort and reliability, or just something that will stop your pooch pulling you along.

Step 5 – Fitting a Dog Harness

Ensuring that you measure your dog properly and therefore buy the right harness is actually harder than you may think. I’m certain that I’m not the only dog owner who has bought a huge item of dog walking equipment or cold weather wear for a tiny dog, or vice versa.

The idea when measuring the dog is to go for a snug feeling of the tape measure. Each harness that you consider will have measurements and diagrams in their sizing chart and depending on the dog harness you may need to measure all or some areas of the dog.

The neck, girth and chest area all have very specific measurement areas. If your dog is between sizes on the size chart then the best thing to do is go for the bigger size and adapt the harness via the adjustment straps.

Take a look at the video for a perfect example of measuring a dog for harness fitting.

By following these steps carefully, carrying out your research and measuring your dog properly you will be able to choose exactly the right harness for your best friend. 

Finally it’s time to get put that dog’s harness on, then get out and enjoy your walks.  


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