On The Leash – Measuring For Collars, Leads & Harnesses
Keeping your dog on a lead is important in a lot of situations. Perhaps they are skittish or aggressive towards other dogs, there are busy roads near your home, or there are certain areas of your local park where dogs must be kept on leads.
No matter the situation, a lead or harness is an essential piece of kit, and it’s important you get one that fits correctly.
Measuring and Fitting Your Collar, Lead or Harness
No lead can be complete without a collar! Use a fabric tape measure and pull it snug, but not tight, around your dog’s neck. Either add on two inches to this measurement or create enough room to slip two finger-widths between the collar and the neck for a comfortable fit.
Length of lead is really about your preference and your dog. The average lead is around 6 feet long, however, for a tall dog you may like a shorter one to ensure that they stay by your side at all times. It can also be very useful to have a retractable lead, allowing your dog to run around where you allow it and to stay by you in
Harnesses come in many styles, and therefore it’s useful to take a few different measurements if you’re not sure what you would like. We recommend measuring the back, from the base of the neck to the base of the tail, around the widest part of the ribs, from the neck (where the collar lies) down to the widest part of the chest and around the neck. Remember to allow 2 inches for a comfortable fit.
Why Use a Harness?
- It’s great for giving you better control, particularly if the dog is strong or not fully trained
- It helps to disperse pressure for dogs that are more delicate or injury-prone
- It prevents neck and trachea injuries from constant pulling
- It is less likely to get tangled as the leash sits on the back and not the neck
- It is more difficult to remove than a loose collar