Dog Harness Quick Start Adjustment Guide

How to Put on Your Dog Harness For the Best Fit

Making sure that your new harness is adjusted and fitted correctly will ensure that you and your canine best friend get the best performance out of our harnesses. The correct fit should be snug, while allowing your dog’s legs to move around freely without rubbing or chaffing. A good rule of thumb is that you should be able to fit a finger between the harness and your dog’s chest once it is on correctly. If the harness is too loose, it can shift too much and your dog may be able to slip out of it. If it is too tight, this can be uncomfortable for your dog.

We would recommend that you do all the fitting indoors before you take your dog out for his first walk with the new harness. If you are not sure which size to purchase, check out our dog harness sizing guide.

Our no pull dog harnesses has two adjustable straps, one that goes around the belly, and one that goes around the chest of the dog. This offers a wide amount of adjustability for your dog harness to help you secure the best fit. Once you have made these adjustments, you will not need to adjust it much again in the future. It should be very easy to put on and take off. Below are the instructions and a video to show you how you can put on your dog harness and ensure the best fit.

 

  1. First, please take note that the side with the logo on it should go on the dog's back. The side with the D ring on it should go on the dog's chest. Wait until your dog is in a calm state and slip the chest straps over your dog’s head. If it is too small and cannot fit over your dog’s head, adjust the straps until it is large enough to fit over your dog’s head. This should be loose enough so that you can put it on and take it off your dog’s head without further adjustments, but not too loose that the straps are hanging.

How to adjust dog harness 

  1. Once it is over your dog’s head, clip the two side buckles which go on the side of your dog. If it is too tight to buckle, take the harness off your dog first, and adjust the belly strap lengths.

How to adjust dog harness

  1. Once the harness is on and the sides are buckled together, note how the harness fits on your dog now. You will probably need to make further adjustments. If it is too tight, then lengthen the straps. If it is too loose, then shorten the straps. Minor adjustments can be made while the dog is wearing it, but larger adjustments should be made with the harness off the dog.
  1. Repeat the adjustment process until the harness fits snugly without being too tight on your dog. You should not see the harness move significantly to one side or the other when you are using it. It should remain mostly in the middle.
  1. Go for a small practice walk while indoors with your dog to see how the harness fits once the dog is moving. Readjust as necessary. If your dog does not pull, you can use the attachment point on his back. If your dog does pull, you can learn how to use the front ring attachment on his chest to train him not to pull. 
  1. Now that you have made all the initial adjustments, you should not need to make major adjustments again. When taking off the harness, just unbuckle the sides and slip it off your dog’s head.

Congratulations, you are now ready to go out there and enjoy your easy walk with your dog’s new harness! Get out there with your best friend and create your adventure!

 If you have any questions, please talk to us in the chat box below or email us at support@embarkpets.com. We’d be happy to help!