How To Tighten Dog Harness Safely! (SMART TIPS) 

A dog harness is a piece of equipment used to restrain or control a dog. Harnesses are often used in conjunction with leashes, and they may be made from a variety of materials including leather, nylon, and cloth. 

Many dog owners find that they need to periodically adjust the fit of their dog’s harness. This is because, as dogs grow and change, they may become too large or too small for their original harness size.

If your dog’s harness is not fitting correctly, it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. In this article, we will show you how to tighten your dog’s harness easily and safely.

How to Adjust a Dog Harness

A dog harness should not chafe or rub.
Dogs should be comfortable in any harness that is properly adjusted.

First, locate the adjustable straps on your dog’s harness. There will be one at the back and one at the front. Loosen these straps by pulling them away from the body of the harness.

Next, fit the harness around your dog’s body and fasten the buckles. Make sure that the harness is snug but not too tight – you should be able to fit two fingers between the strap and your dog’s skin.

Once the harness is in place, adjust the fit by tightening or loosening the adjustment straps. Be careful not to over-tighten, as this can cause discomfort and chafing.

Your dog’s harness should now be fitted correctly. If you are unsure, take your dog to a professional for help. With a little practice, you will be able to adjust the fit of your dog’s harness at home easily and quickly.

How to Tighten Dog Harness 

When you’re walking your dog and need to tighten the harness, there are a few different ways to do it.

The first way is to use your fingers to pinch the excess fabric on the back of the harness and pull it towards the dog’s neck. This will cinch the harness and make it tighter.

The second way is to use a small object, like a pen or screwdriver, to twist the fabric around the adjustment clip on the front of the harness. Twisting it in one direction will tighten it and twisting it in the other direction will loosen it.

This method of tightening should only be used in an emergency due to the risk of injuring the dog with the implement used to tighten the harness.

If your dog frequently escapes from the harness, consider trying one of our favorite escape-proof harnesses which we’ve tested and approved on walks with our dogs.

Whichever method you choose, make sure that you always check the fit of the harness when you’ve finished tightening it. The last thing you want is for your dog to escape from its harness because it was too loose.

Also, keep in mind that you may need to readjust the harness as your dog grows or gains weight.

Harnesses are a great way to keep your dog safe and comfortable while walking, running, or hiking. By taking the time to learn how to properly tighten and adjust your dog’s harness, you can ensure that they always have a snug and secure fit.

Types of dog harness

There are many types of harnesses available on the market, but most can be classified into one of three main categories: body-hugging/no-pull designs, vest-style designs, and step-in designs. 

Front clip harness

The front clip harness is the most popular type of harness because it is the safest option. The leash attaches to the front of the harness, which prevents the dog from pulling forward and injuring its neck.

This type of harness is also good for dogs who like to jump up on people, as it will stop them from being able to pull up and jump.

Body-hugging Harness

Body-hugging/no-pull harnesses are typically used for dogs who pull on the leash, while vest-style harnesses are more general-purpose and can be used for most dogs. 

Step-in harness

Step-in harnesses are the simplest to use and are ideal for very small or elderly dogs who may have difficulty getting into a traditional harness.

Regardless of the type of harness you choose, it is important to make sure that it fits your dog properly. A harness that is too tight or too loose can be uncomfortable or allow the dog to slip out and run away.

To ensure a good fit, measure your dog’s chest circumference just behind the front legs and then select a size that is within 1-2 inches of this measurement. 

The straps should be adjusted so that the harness fits snugly but is not constricting. If the harness materials are not comfortable, choose a different harness for your dog.

If your dog pulls on the leash, you can tighten the no-pull straps to help prevent him from pulling ahead. 

If your dog has a tendency to chew or scratch at his harness, you can stop fraying by applying a coat of clear nail polish to the fabric.

Finally, remember to always check your dog’s harness for signs of wear and tear and replace it if necessary. A well-maintained harness will last longer and be safer for your dog to wear.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQS)

A well-fitted harness is fun for a dog to wear.
A well-fitted harness is comfortable for a dog to wear and gives the owner control during walks.

how to adjust a dog harness

As your dog grows, its harness may need to be adjusted. You can do this by lengthening or shortening the straps, depending on how they fit.

If you have a front clip harness, you may also need to adjust the placement of the leash attachment.

How to Put on a Dog Harness

There are a few different ways to put a dog harness on, but the most common is to have your dog stand and put the harness over its head.

Then, you’ll need to fasten the straps around their body – one at the chest and one just behind their front legs. Make sure the straps aren’t too tight so they are comfortable for your dog.

Always double-check around the chest and legs for signs of rubbing. A well-fitting and well-made harness should never cause chafing, rubbing, or fur loss.

Another way to put the harness on is simply to slip it over your dog’s head and then buckle the straps around their chest and behind their front legs.

To take the harness off, just unbuckle the straps and slip it off over their head.

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Jesse Hopping, CCDT

Jesse is a natural-born dog-lover certified dog trainer (CCDT), dog foster, and former volunteer at Richmond SPCA and surrounding dog shelters for over 10 years. Her pack includes a Bernedoodle and 3 Boston Terriers. She’s sipping caramel coffee and watching her pack play in the sun when she’s not writing blogs. Jesse has her Certified Dog Trainer designation from CATCH Canine Trainers Academy since 2018 and and majored in English from the University of Virginia.

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