Dog Harness Sizing Guide, the key to getting it right

As I have mentioned before, the safety and comfort of your dog is of the utmost importance.

When choosing your harness you will be taking into account the breed, the size, how much hair he or she has, the body type, the personality and which type of harness they require.

If your dog is a flat faced breed such as a Pug (see Medium Sized Dogs in the guide) you will need to take into consideration the design needs to protect your loved one from excess pressure on the neck and chest. An easy walk harness is handy for a Dog that pulls and a front clip harness is best for bigger dogs. There certainly is a huge market for harnesses and many different designs.

So, when purchasing your harness one of the most important things to consider is getting the right size. If you are buying online and you are unsure of the size there are many adjustable harnesses that are available. There are many choices at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

Below you will find a few tips on sizing to help you in your choice.

Remember, snug and comfort fit

Very much like the collars a two finger snug fit is a good measure of comfort. Also, measure your pooch with a piece of string or a soft tape measure.

The GIRTH is measured as the widest part of your dog’s chest.

XX SMALL (Up to 2.5 Kg)

Common Breeds, Chihuahua and Teacup terrier

Girth 20 – 25 Cms

Recommeneded Lead Width 8 mm

 

X SMALL (2.5 – 5 Kg)

 

Common Breeds, Miniature Dachshund, Pomeranian Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Toy Poodle

Girth 23 – 40 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 10 mm

 

SMALL (5-11 Kg)

 

Common Breeds, Pekingese, Miniature Schnauzer, Scottish Terrier, Pug

Girth 33 – 60 Cms

Recommeneded Lead Width 16 mm

 

MEDIUM (Up to 25 Kg)

 

Common Breeds, Border Collie, Beagle, English and French Bulldogs

Girth 45 – 75 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 19 mm

 

LARGE (Up to 35 Kg)

 

Common Breeds, Dalmation, Boxer, Labrador, Weimaraner, Golden Retriever

Girth 55 – 100 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 25 mm and 2 ply for extra strength

 

X-Large (35 Kg +)

 

Common Breeds, Mastiff, Saint Bernard, Great Dane

Girth 70 – 115 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 38 mm and 2 ply for extra strength

 

 

 

Conclusion

So just like Leads and Collars there is more to buying a Harness than just looking for the prettiest thing hanging in a pet shop. As always comfort and safety are paramount.

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

Dog Collar Sizing Guide, a very Important Aspect.

I have certainly been in this situation where I am looking forward to my new best friend coming home and I am out buying everything he or she will need. OK, I have a smart new bed, new food bowls, more toys than they will ever play with and I need a nice lead and collar. Hmmm so what size collar is he ? Is there a dog collar sizing guide? How wide does it need to be ? What does it need to be made of ? Oh dear this is getting complicated.

So here are a few tips to help you make the right choice. There are hundreds to choose from at Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com.

A Dog Collar Should be a Snug Fit

When choosing the right collar you should ensure that two fingers fit snugly between the dog’s neck and their collar. You can measure by using a flexible soft tape measure or by using a piece of string and then putting it beside a ruler or tape measure.

XX SMALL (Up to 2.5 Kgs)

Common Breeds, Chihuahua and Teacup Yorkshire Terrier

Neck 15 – 20 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 8 mm

X SMALL (2.5 – 5 Kgs)

Neck 20 – 30 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 10 mm

SMALL (5 – 11 Kgs)

Neck 25 – 35 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 16 mm                                                            

MEDIUM (Up to 25 Kgs)

Neck 35 – 50 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 19 mm

LARGE (Up to 35 Kgs)

Neck 40 – 65 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 25mm and 2 ply for extra strength

X-LARGE (35 Kgs +)

Common Breeds, Mastiff, Saint Bernard, Great Dane

Neck 60 – 75 Cms

Recommended Lead Width 38 mm and 2 ply for extra strength

Collar Width

Not only should you be choosing the right length collar but also the correct width. There is no point in having a flimsy long thin collar on a large dog. Npt only is it likely to break if he pulls but also it would cause a lot of pain and discomfort by cutting into its neck.

Recommended sizes are below.

X SMALL (2.5 – 5 Kgs)

Neck 20 – 30 Cms

Collar Width 20 mm

SMALL (5 – 11 Kgs)

Neck 25 – 35 Cms

Collar Width 20 mm

MEDIUM (Up to 25 Kgs)

Neck 35 – 50 Cms

Collar Width 25 – 40 mm

LARGE (Up to 35 Kgs)

Neck 40 – 65 Cms

Collar Width 25 – 40 mm

 

Measuring for Martingale Collars

If you own a Greyhound or similar breed you will need to measure three diameters to determine the correct size. Make sure you use a soft tape measure or piece of string and measure at points A, B and C.

A – This point needs to be adjustable so that it measures the largest part of the head so that a collar may be placed easily into position (C).

B – This shoes the correct position of the Martingale when under pressure to restrain.

C – The neck size where the collar is relaxed.

One of the best places to buy one of these is Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com.

Conclusion

So as you can see there is more to buying the correct collar and lead than just popping to your local pet store and buying any old thing.

If you have any comments or feedback please feel free to drop me a line.

David

Choosing the best lead and collar for training your dog

Pet shops and online stores are full of different types of leads / leashes and collars. As mentioned before they can be made from leather, nylon and other synthetic materials. I have lost count of the amount of tacky supposedly “designer” leads and collars there are out there covered in bling but these are hardly any use if you want to train your dog to walk confidently beside you. Besides, with some I’ve seen there’s a good chance the owner and dog will be blinded by the bling !!!!!

My personal favourite is the good old flat collar and lead. I have never had any problems with my dogs with one of these. However, our little Nelly is so small you just cannot use one of those. Therefore, we have to go for a Harness. I would hate to put any pressure on her trachea by making her wear a flat collar as she is so fragile.

When you are starting your training with a young dog the correct choice can make a huge difference in your training and walking. Just remember when you have a young dog it is a good idea to get a lead, collar or harness that is made of strong durable material as the youngsters do like a bit of a chew.

If your dog barks, a Martingale Collar is useful

The idea of these collars is to apply uniform pressure to the dog’s neck when they pull. As soon as the dog feels the artem-sapegin-Ugg-EIfzy0c-unsplash.jpgpressure and following constriction it is likely to heel. Be aware the pressure and constriction is only momentary. Due to the design they are made from high quality durable materials so not to cause discomfort for your dog.

These collars are also used on dogs who will try to back out of their collar and for dogs with small heads like Greyhounds.

Head Collars

Head collars are designed to prevent pulling, jumping and lunging. These are extremely popular in the dog training world but you must be sure it is fitted correctly. If in doubt ask a pro.

The collar acts like a horse halter as it fits around the dog’s snout and behind it is ears. This ensures that when your dog pulls the harness redirects it is head and helps him or her to stay calm and refrain from pulling again.

Good points to note are that there is no choking involved, it is fully adjustable for a comfortable fit and your dog can still drink, eat and bark away happily.

No Pull Dog Harness

These are designed to pull your dog to your side if they try to pull from you. The difference between these and standard harnesses is that these have the lead attachment on the front and to the side. Normal harnesses have the attachment on the back.

If your dog tries to pull away from you then the harness will apply pressure to your dog’s chest therefore preventing them pulling forward with their full weight.

As with the head collars there is no choking involved and due to the added padding it is extra comfortable for your dog.

Slip Rope Lead

I have mentioned these before as they are quick and easy to use. These can be a big advantage if you have a bouncy energetic puppy. They fit over your dog’s head and adjusts around it is neck. They are also very good for dog’s that are liable to try to pull if over it is head and run off without any notice. This is because they loop while tighten automatically.

My only words of advice for these are please be very careful if using these with puppies. Remember they are fragile and it can be very easy to over exert yourself if trying to calm down your puppy.

Conclusion

So here are just a handful of examples of the type of training leads and collars you can but for your dog. The list could go on and on. Remember, if you are shopping online, one lead may be called something in the UK but something completely different in the US. Try amazon.co.uk or amazon.com

If you have any tips, great ideas, or comments, please drop me a line.

David

About David

David with Hudson and NellyHi everyone and welcome to mydogsleadsandcollars website. My family and I have had dogs pretty much most of my life. I grew up with a Husky called Helga who had a love hate relationship with the family cat. That was almost 50 years ago and now my wife Tracy and I have two fantastic rescue dogs called Nelly and Hudson.

Tracy is completely dog mad which is probably why she became a Dog Groomer. She owns a company called Million Hairs. Her whole life revolves around dogs so you can pretty much guess the pecking order in our household !!!!

What made me come up with this website?

Over the years we have gone through dozens of leads, collars and harnesses for our dogs. We have leads for when I’m walking them and shorter ones for when Tracy walks them. Tracy even insists on posh leads for when she goes to town ha ha.

One thing we have always found frustrating is the lack of choice. Whether its in a local pet shop or a pet superstore, there never seems to be the right length, the right colour or the appropriate style.

So what will this website achieve?

I have found over many years there are dozens of websites scattered all over the world where you can order leads, collars and harnesses etc. hours can be painfully wasted searching and rooting out your desired leads. I therefore decided through my experiences of online ordering to put together the best of the best to make life easier for my fellow dog lovers.

So have a look around and if you ever have anything to share in respect to purchasing dog leads and collars, I would love to hear it.

David with Nelly
David at sunset with Nelly

David

Founder of Mydogsleadandcollars.com.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

David

david@mydogsleadsandcollars.com