It’s a dog owner’s worst nightmare: they’ve picked out the most darling dog harness and leash set, and now their pup won’t put it on.
Just imagine. You’ve picked out your favorite cute dog harness for your pup and your own matching outfit. You rock it together just once, maybe twice, and before you know it, your pup is refusing to wear it.
Is it because the material isn’t right? Is the dog harness rubbing in the wrong places? Is it the wrong size?
(Or is your dog just becoming a diva?)
While we can’t help you with the last question (we’re working on our own dog’s behavior at the moment!), we know all too well the struggle of picking the just-right dog harness and leash set.
Helping dog owners get awesome (and fashionable!) leash sets is a huge part of the reason we founded Doodle Couture. It’s also why today we’re sharing our advice on picking a dog harness and leash set that you and your pup will love
From the research you do before buying the set to the care afterwards, we’re breaking it all down for you here. Let’s get to it!
How To Measure Your Pup For The Right Dog Harness
There are many different types of harnesses and leashes available to purchase for your dog.
Some harnesses are made to be more comfortable for your dog to wear, while others are made for specific activities like hiking or running.
Depending on your needs, there is a harness and leash out there that is perfect for you and your dog.
But before we can talk about the material or purpose of the dog harness and leash set, we have to talk about measuring your pup for the right dog harness.
The most important measurement for a dog harness is your dog’s chest. To get an accurate number, take a measuring tape and place it around where your dog’s chest is at its widest.
From there, you’ll want to know how much your dog weighs.
At Doodle Couture, we use the following weight breakdowns:
- X-Small: 3-5 pounds - think Chihuahua, Yorkie, and other “Tea Cup Size” dogs
- Small: 6-9 pounds - these are often Chinese Crested, Pomeranian, Maltese, and Yorkies
- Medium: 10-13 pounds - these are for Bichon Frise, Dachshund, and Jack Russell Terriers
- Large: 14-17 pounds - great for ugs, Westies, and Miniature Schnauzers
- X-Large: 18-21 pounds - ideal for Beagles, Shiba Inu, and Terriers
With these measurements in hand, your goal is to find a harness that’s not too big or too small. If your dog is in between sizes, aim for the next size up. We want a snugly fit, not a constricting one.
By picking a nice-fitting harness, you can be sure your dog will be much more likely to enjoy wearing it.
How To Choose The Right Harness Material For Your Pup
After getting your dog’s measurements, you can begin to shop. While the temptation to go straight for the Woofstock Luxury Walking Set is real, we need to talk about harness materials before we go any further.
Now it’s time to get into harness materials.
There are a variety of materials available for dog harnesses and leashes, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
The most popular materials are nylon, leather, and cotton.
Nylon Dog Harness Pros & Cons
Nylon is one of the most common materials used for dog harness and leash sets. It is strong and durable, and resists stretching and fading.
As a relatively inexpensive material, it is also a good choice for budget-conscious shoppers.
However, nylon can be uncomfortable for dogs to wear in warm weather, as it does not breathe as well as other materials.
Leather Dog Harness Pros & Cons
Leather is a more expensive option than nylon, but it is also more comfortable for dogs to wear and has a more stylish look. Perfect for those doggy divas!
Leather harnesses and leashes are also more durable than nylon, and are less likely to stretch or fade over time.
However, leather can be difficult to clean, and is not a good choice for dogs who are prone to chewing. For anyone who’s suffered through too many pairs of chewed-up shoes, a leather leash is not going to be a tempting option.
Cotton Dog Harness Pros & Cons
Cotton is a natural material that is soft and comfortable for dogs to wear.
Cotton is also relatively inexpensive, making it a good choice for budget-conscious shoppers.
Finally, cotton may be the most comfortable option given its natural softness and flexibility. As your dog is going to be strutting their stuff, a harness and leash set made from a cotton twill fabric could be a great option.
How To Pick A Stylish Set For Your Most Fashionable Pup
After you’ve noted your pup’s size and thought about the kind of material you’d like, it’s time to pick out the harness.
So, how do you get to choosing?
First and foremost, choose one that you think your pup will be comfortable in and that will suit your needs. In our experience, part of that comfort comes in getting to spend time with you.
How to Care For A Dog Harness Leash Set
You’ve got a set that fits well, that’s made of a long-lasting comfortable material, and with fabulous style.
All that’s left is to make sure that harness and leash set last! To help you with that, we have some tips on how to care for it.
First, you will want to wash the harness and leash set regularly. This will help to remove any dirt or debris that may have accumulated over time.
To clean the harness, all you’ll need to do is take a mild soap and water solution. Allow the harness and leash to air dry completely before using it again.
Then when the harness and leash set are not in use, store it in a safe place. By keeping it out of direct sunlight, you’ll be sure that the print lasts longer. And by keeping it out of direct contact with your dog, you’ll remove their temptation to chew it to bits!
Picking Out Your Next Dog Harness And Leash Set
Now that you know the best ways to measure your pup, pick the right harness material, and make it last, it’s time to go shopping!
We invite you to check out our whole selection of premium dog harness and leash sets at Doodle Couture.