How to Set-up an Over-Head Harness (One Time)

To put on a harness properly, you should make sure it starts fairly loose so it’s easy to slip on your dog. You can tighten it once it’s on. You should also note that a proper snug fit means you can fit two (and only two) fingers between your dog and the harness at any point.
  1. Slide the harness over the head of your dog. Do not tighten anything at this point.
  2. Swing the chest piece up so that it’s touching your dog’s chest and belly.
  3. On the chest piece, you’ll find two buckles, swing these up (one on either side of your dog, behind the front legs) and fasten them to the back of the harness.
  4. Adjust the sides of your harness to fit snugly.
  5. Adjust the belly (if applicable) of your harness to fit snugly.
  6. Adjust the neck of your harness to fit snugly.

Signs of a Poor Fit

Your harness may be the improper size or improperly fitted if you see any of the following:

  1. Losing fur around harness area
  2. Chafing around harness area
  3. Dog wiggling free
  4. The back piece of the harness rotating to the sides
  5. Dog strongly resisting walking