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Measuring Your Dog: Fitting For Collars & Harnesses

Measuring Your Dog: Fitting For Collars & Harnesses

Oct 25th 2023

You already know we make some of the most badass tactical harnesses and collars for working dogs across the globe. But, when shopping for a new harness or collar, you need to consider more than just the piece’s form and function (although that’s obviously important); you need to ensure that your chosen harness or collar will fit your K9 correctly (more importantly for comfort and safety).

If you think measuring your dog for a new piece of gear is tricky or time-consuming, think again! Keep reading to learn how to quickly and easily measure your dog.

The Importance of Accurate Measurements

Ever worn a pair of shoes that pinched or were too loose? You recall that unpleasant feeling, right? It's the same for our dogs. The right fit provides comfort and functionality while keeping your K9 safe. An ill-fitted harness or collar can cause discomfort and risk injury. So, we all agree.. the fit counts!

Tailor-Measuring Your Dog for a New Harness

Attaining the proper measurements isn't rocket science. It's as simple as 1-2-3:

  • Focus on the 'Back to Sternum' measurement. Start where your dog's shoulder blades meet and swing your measuring tape to the sternum bump on their chest.
  • Get the 'Behind the Front Legs' dimension. Measure straight up and around your dog's chest, just behind their front legs.
  • Note down the 'Last Rib' measurement. Look out for the spot before the stomach softens, where there is a noticeable dip.

If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, don't worry. You could use a string or a shoelace, measure its length with a ruler, and voila! Make sure it fits snugly but not tight.

Measuring for the Perfect Collar Fit

Accurate collar fitting is crucial for control and dog safety. Think of your dog's neck as a cone. It’s broader at the base and tapers towards the top. Start from the base (the wide part), recording measurements as you move upwards.

For the Rader K9 Dominant Dog Collar, measure the neck right behind the ears. There's a spot just for this! Keep in mind that these collars should be snug, high, and tight, for better control.

Why Always Go For a Perfect Fit?

Getting accurate measurements lays the groundwork for well-fitting and efficiently functioning gear. We're committed to contributing to your dog's safety and overall well-being; they deserve nothing but the best. Correct measurements make for a harness or collar that feels tailor-made, which helps sidestep any discomfort or potential issues.

While we're always here to help with resizing or returns, we believe in getting it right the first time! So, give measuring a try and create a perfect experience for your dog. Thanks for trusting Ray Allen Manufacturing with your dog's comfort and safety.

Good luck, happy measuring, and don't be sure to watch the video if you have any more questions.

Why Ray Allen?

Ray Allen Manufacturing has been producing the highest quality K9 equipment for dog handlers and their partners right here in America for over 70 years.

From dog collars to harnesses, leashes, and more, look no further than Ray Allen when you need the best equipment for your dog.

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