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How to Put on a Dog Harness
- Mar 22, 2018 -

There are two main types of harnesses: step-in harnesses and overhead harnesses. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to put each type on your dog.

Step-In Harness
1.Unbuckle the harness and lay it on the ground.

2.Have your dog stand over the harness.

3.Place one of your dog's front paws in one of the loops and his other front paw in the other loop. If your harness indicates which loop should match up with each foot, be sure to follow those instructions.

4.Snap the strap buckles together on your dog's back.

Overhead Harness

1.Slip your dog's head through the neck piece.

2.Pull the bottom straps down under his belly and the top strap across his back.

3.If your harness is connected on one side, have your dog step through the loop and then clasp the side straps together on the other side. If your harness is not connected on one side, be sure to clasp the straps on both sides.

Where Should You Place the Straps?

After you put on your dog's harness, you need to check the strap placement. "All harnesses should fit below the neck and never put pressure on the dog's throat,A harness chest strap should also never go across the dog's shoulder joint because it will inhibit the dog's shoulder stride and thus their leg length stride."

Make sure that the harness is high up on your dog's chest, but down below his throat. You should also check that the side straps go up and around his shoulder, as this will help to avoid injury.

How Should You Adjust It?
Finally, you should adjust the straps to ensure that the harness is secure, but not too tight. You should use the buckles to tighten the straps until they get to a point at which you can fit two fingers between your dog and the harness.
Before you head out, you should double-check a few things in an effort to make sure that the harness is placed and adjusted properly. "First, check all the appropriate straps and buckles to make sure they're fastened correctly,Next, try to move the harness side to side and make sure it doesn't slide over too far to one side or another." Lastly, you should make sure that it's not constricting your dog's movement or rubbing against his skin.