Collars are the most well known accessory for walking a dog, but aside from collars there are also harnesses. There are many kinds of harnesses available. There are leather, basic cotton ones as well as the traditional thin ones. There are also larger cloth ones that wrap around the body, more like a jacket. They might close around the chest with a buckle, button or Velcro and they often have a D-ring in the back for the leash to hook. Since they are larger, there’s more material to work with so there’s more diversity in the styles one can find. They’re still very useful and can be quite comfortable for your dog if you prefer to get that instead of a collar.
Before you get any collar or harness, you want to make sure you size your dog correctly so you know what size to buy them. Measuring you dog’s neck is very easy. All you need is a simple measuring tape. Just measure the circumference of your dog’s neck and add two inches. For example, if you dog has an eleven inch neck, your measurement number would be thirteen inches. Once you have this number, go to our sizing chart to find out exactly what size you need to get. Sizes of collars exist in a range. For example, the smallest size collar covers six to eight inches. The next size covers eight to eleven inches, and so on. If your dog falls right on a transition number, like eight inches, it’s best to go with the smaller size. Otherwise, the collar or harness will end up being too big and loose.