Tips for Measuring Your Dog
It's challenging to find the right size for your dog. Many manufacturers simply use weight as a guide. As you know, a 30 lb bulldog is very different than a 30 lb beagle. For harnesses, coats, vests and most apparel the key metric is the girth.
How To Measure Your Dog
- Stand your dog upright on all four legs (called a "stacked" position)
- COLLARS: Using a soft rule measure the circumference of the neck where a collar would rest. For a safe fit, not too tight, Add 1-1/2" to 2". You should be able to fit a two fingers under the collar so it's not too tight.
- HARNESSES: Use a soft ruler and measure the girth around the widest part directly behind the front legs.
- CLOTHING: Measure girth as above, plus the "top line" (length) from the collar to the base of the tail. For dog surgery garments or dog cooling vests, also be sure to measure the back measurement.
- BELLY BANDS: Measure the circumference directly in front of the rear legs.
- ECOLLARS: Measure the nose to snout closely. An ecollar works by not allowing your dog to get past the ecollar to bite his wounds. The neck size is important but the comfy cone can be connected directly to the collar which makes it easy to fit.