Harness Sizing... Akela's Den!

Measuring your dog:

Tips for getting reliable measurements:
1. Make sure your dog is standing square and solid
2. Pull the tape hard against the dog's body, and not loose over the dog's coat.
3. Repeat your measurements several times and take an average.

Take the following measurements (Corresponds to the size chart):
Neck - Measure from A to B and double the number
Length - Measure continuously from B to C to D.

The weights and measurements below are to be used as a guide, but do not guarantee the correct fit due to irregularities in the measuring process. "Longs" are one size longer than a regular fit. H-back harness is slightly longer than X-back.

TIP: To remove the collared-neck harness, roll the neck opening inside-out as you pull it off of the dog's head.





How to properly fit the collared X-back:

IMPORTANT: Check harness fit while harness tug is clipped to a load and dog is standing in a pulling position - with head down and tension on the harness.

1. Check the ribcage: Feel for the dog's last rib with your fingertips. The first harness joint should be sewn together just at or slightly beyond the location of the last rib.

2. Check the length: Use your fingertips to feel for the base of the dog's tail and find the tops of the hipbones. The webbing at the back of the harness should extend slightly beyond the base of the tail. The webbing should lie just to the sides of the hipbones, not pressing on the top of the bones.

3. Check the neck opening: Pull all the dog's excess neck skin and hair clear of the harness neck. Reach into the front of the neck opening with your finger and feel for the top of the sternum (bony projection). The sternum should be located just under the top of the breastplate.





How to properly fit the collared H-back:

IMPORTANT: Check harness fit while harness tug is clipped to a load and dog is standing in a pulling position - with head down and tension on the harness.

1. Check the ribcage: Feel for the dog's last rib with your fingertips. The cross strap should lie just beyond the location of the last rib. If the strap is too far back, the dog can roll out the side of the harness when the dog is lying down resting.

2. Check the length: Feel for the base of the dog's tail with your fingertips. The joints where the top and bottom straps of the harness come together should be located on the sides of the hips adjacent to the base of the dog's tail. The end of the harness and tug extend beyond the base of the tail.

3. Check the neck opening: Pull all the dog's excess neck skin and hair clear of the harness neck. Reach into the front of the neck opening with your finger and feel for the top of the sternum (bony projection). The sternum should be located just under the top of the breastplate.