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How To Measure Your Dog's Paws!
Proper footwear fit is essential to a fun day out (or in). Here's how to measure your pet's paws...
With your pet's paw on the ground, measure from the tip of the claws (those have to fit inside the shoe too) to the back of where the paw touches the ground, which is just behind the pad.
While your pet's paw is still on the ground, measure from side to side at the widest point of your pet's paw, which is usually near the base of the toes.
Handy Tip: Try having your pet step on a piece of paper, then trace around the paw. Then, while your pet is off eating your houseplants or terrorizing the neighborhood, you can measure the traced outline in peace.
How To Measure Your Dog!
I have worked with the finest furry tailors in the world, and am here to share my bounty of knowledge. Here's how to measure your pet...
Measure from the base of the tail (where it connects to the hindquarters) up to where the collar typically sits at the base of the neck, then follow up with a generous back scratch.
This is measured by giving your pet a
hug, during which you measure the entire circumference (all the way around) at the widest point of your pet's chest. This is typically right behind the front legs.
First, plenty of kisses. Then, measure the neck's circumference
(the distance around it) at the point where the collar sits.
Important Sizing Note: The given measurements are the dimensions of the actual product, not of the pet they fit. After measuring your pet, make sure all measurements fit within the following dimensions (with a little room to spare in the chest and neck).
Your pup will look refreshing in this gorgeous American River Choke-Free Dog Harness in Rainbow Ombre!
What sets the patented American River Choke-Free Dog harness apart from others?
Trachea safe - The Choke-Free patented design pulls only from the chest, never the neck. Many smaller breeds are susceptible to having a collapsed trachea, especially when using a collar. Even regular harnesses can be dangerous for toy and teacup breeds. Don't put your pup's airway at risk with anything but a choke-free harness!
Patented Conforming Shape Fit Seam Technology - This unique feature allows the harness to conform to curves even on hard-to-fit dog chests.
Patented Closure Slide Adjustability - Most harnesses have little or no size adjustment at the clasp. This unique design allows the clasp to slide along the nylon webbing for a full 3 inches of adjustment.
Double D-ring - Most harnesses have only a single D-ring. Furthermore, some companies use D-rings that aren't welded shut. The remaining slit in the metal of sub-par D-rings may open under pressure and the nylon could slip out, leaving your dog at risk for escape. Since the American River Choke Free Harness features two welded D-rings in its design, you're getting double the protection.
Reflective strips - All 31 colors of American River Choke Free Dog Harnesses feature reflective strips that can be viewed from the front and the sides to provide visibility during nighttime or early-morning walks.
Zigzag trim binding stitch - Using a zig-zag stitch over the harness trim ensures there will be no missed stitches. This means the trim and the mesh fabric are fully bonded to each other.
Safety – The choke-free design makes this harness an ideal choice for use as a car seat belt harness since it pulls from the chest, not the neck.
Double safety closure- Wide touch fastener and high strength plastic buckle clip ensure your dog won't be able to get out of the harness. When paired with a leash through the double D-rings, the harness has three levels of closure strength!
Easy to apply - The step-in design makes putting on this harness a breeze. Once your pup has stepped into the harness leg holes, wrap the touch fastener around your pup, click, and go!
Easy-care fabric- Soft mesh polyester is machine washable. Line dry.
Sized to fit most dogs - this harness has sizes from XXS through XXXL (to fit dogs from 3-100 pounds!)
Why We Love It:
This fresh harness is as pretty as a rainbow after the rain! Perfect for Easter, Mother's Day or any cheery spring or summer outing.
Doggie Design is the first and only company in the world to create this exciting new ombre harness design. They used their own special color blending technique to create a beautiful palette of rainbow colors. Doggie Design also makes this step-in mesh choke-free design in reinforced large dog sizes, up to size XXXL (approx 90 Lbs!)
Certified Break Strength Tested to 386 Lbs, by an International Independent Testing Laboratory.
Important Sizing Note: The following measurements are the dimensions of the actual product, not of the pet they fit. After measuring your pet, make sure all measurements fit within the following dimensions (with a little room to spare in the chest and neck).
Posted On 03/04/19 by Karlene S from Thornton, CO
Yes, Karlene S recommends this product!
I work in the veterinary business and I adopted a yorkie with collapsed trachea. I could not find a harness that would help with this problem. She would pull and cough like crazy. When I saw these harnesses I thought I would give it a try. It has been the best thing I could have bought her. The buckle is down further where it does not choke her. I'm very impressed and my co-workers love it too. Love the colors. Will buy again from this company.
Rainbow Ombre Harness
Posted On 03/26/18 by Susan G from West Lawn, PA
Yes, Susan G recommends this product!
My Bichipoo girl has several of these lightweight, but very secure harnesses and we are happy to add this to her summer wardrobe. The mesh allows her skin to breathe without causing her fur to mat the way other harnesses do with rubbing and chaffing.
Posted On 10/28/17 by Jan K from Porthill , ID
Yes, Jan K recommends this product!
It’s very beautiful but I well be returning it my dog fits too tight I well need a size largerThanks Jan
So pretty and sturdy
Posted On 10/05/17 by Nancy M from Little Rock, AR
Yes, Nancy M recommends this product!
The colors are so vibrant. The photo on the site does not do it justice. Very quality piece. I would feel secure if she had this on. Love it and little Zoey loves it too!
Posted On 07/26/17 by Gabi Lisman from Urbana, IL
Yes, Gabi Lisman recommends this product!
I ordered a 2xl/3xl for my husky puppy who usually wears a medium in harnesses at petsmart but it fits perfect! Make sure you measure since sizing is very different from brand to brand. This harness is amazing so cute and really holds her in! I've recommended this to all my dog mom friends!!
Love these harnesses!
Posted On 07/06/17 by MJ from ,
Yes, MJ recommends this product!
Bought a bright green leash for my pup and needed a harness to match!
Great Size Offering
Posted On 06/24/17 by Shannon P from Greenville, SC
Yes, Shannon P recommends this product!
These harnesses are super cute. I bought two for an upcoming road trip because our little dog has a car seat that clips onto her harness. The X-Large fit our 23lb Golden Beagle and the 3X Large fit (just barely) our 65lb Husky. Definitely choke free, maybe even a little loose around the upper chest. I worried about the stability of the velcro staying fastened, but it never came undone while we took them in and out of the car for pit stops.
Posted On 06/08/17 by Judith G from Parsons, WV
Yes, Judith G recommends this product!
Smaller than I anticipated, but good quality. Returned for larger size.
Step In halter is easy and pretty.
Posted On 05/31/17 by Carrie M from Goodyear, AZ
Yes, Carrie M recommends this product!
I love the mesh step-in halters because they do not choke and they do not have to be put over my dog's head, which I think is uncomfortable for her and cumbersome. This design is easy and quick. The only reason I did not give this 5 stars is because the sizing is imperfect. I ordered Large for my pug by measuring her against the size info. However, although she is not a "big" pug at only 16 lbs., the large is snug and just fits around her. I'd order size up if I were ordering again.
Wonderful harness, best I've found
Posted On 05/25/17 by Noel's legacy from , CO
Yes, Noel's legacy recommends this product!
This harness is a quick and comfortable way to secure your pup for a walk or in the car. No pulling at throat and body with full torso coverage. I keep two sets, one for walking, one for car. I like knowing my pet is safe in this harness and comfortable, too.
Four Dog User
Posted On 05/14/17 by Jim Van Avery from Renton, WA
Yes, Jim Van Avery recommends this product!
Baxter Boo is a great source for dog collars. They are very well made and work great!
Love the rainbow!
Posted On 04/26/17 by Donna L from , GA
Yes, Donna L recommends this product!
Great color & good fit
Posted On 04/09/17 by Beatrice C from Sauquoit, NY
Yes, Beatrice C recommends this product!
I order 3 different colors for my 3 dogs. They fit great and I love the bright colors. They are comfortable than the strap harness.
Posted On 04/01/17 by Jesus M R from San Angelo, TX
Yes, Jesus M R recommends this product!
these fit great and love the bright colors avalaible
Posted On 02/22/17 by Jesus M R from San Angelo, TX
Yes, Jesus M R recommends this product!
Beautiful colors and fit
Posted On 01/27/17 by Mary Ann Watts from Gulf Breeze, FL
Yes, Mary Ann Watts recommends this product!
Love the warmth and color. So cute
Posted On 09/12/16 by Karyn B from Beachwood, NJ
Yes, Karyn B recommends this product!
Love this Awesome harness. The colors are beautiful. I did find that it runs a bit big.
The colors were too cute to pass up.
Posted On 07/11/16 by Mary W from ,
Yes, Mary W recommends this product!
This harness is so cute and easy to put on. My 8 lb. dog has a big chest and her measurements were on the high side of the small size so I bought both the small and medium. I ended up going with the medium. The small was a little snug and I was afraid the Velcro did not have enough to grab on to and remain secure. The medium fits fine as long as I am careful to attach the Velcro as instructed. They have specific instructions so the harness doesn't gap under the neck. I thought she may not like it because she hates wearing any kind of clothes but this is no problem. She seems happy in it and she looks good in it. Loved all the colors and it was hard to settle on one.
American River Choke Free Dog Harness
Posted On 06/16/16 by Emmy I from Wilson, NC
Yes, Emmy I recommends this product!
I love the color. I got the Rainbow Ombre. This will be my little girls "go to" harness this summer. We will be spending some time down at the beach and this color is perfect. Lacey is a white Shih Tzu and I know she will be a hit. Very nicely made harness. She seems to really like wearing it.
American River Choke-Free Dog Harness - Rainbow Ombre
Posted On 06/15/16 by Becky G from Merkel, TX
Yes, Becky G recommends this product!
This is a great harness, it doesn't choke my little dog, Bella Jo, and it's super cute. It's easy and fast to put on, and I get lots of compliments when she wears it!
We love this harness!!
Posted On 03/19/16 by Wendy S from Atlanta, NY
Yes, Wendy S recommends this product!
The previous harness I was using cut into my dogs skin and made her bleed :( This harness fits her great and is comfy, does not dig into her skin at all!!! The colors are bright and beautiful, the fit and comfort are great, it is well made, and both my dog and I love it!!!
Posted On 03/18/16 by Jane D from El Cajon, CA
Yes, Jane D recommends this product!
Beautiful colors. A real show stopper.
Posted On 06/24/15 by Debbie K from Marietta, GA
Yes, Debbie K recommends this product!
This fit Maggie perfectly - Yorkie/Pommie around 10 lbs.
Posted On 06/06/15 by Carrie G from Bristol, CT
Yes, Carrie G recommends this product!
This is the best thing ever. Got the size right on the first try. I just followed the charts.
Love this harness
Posted On 06/05/15 by Maxine G from Boynton Beach, FL
Yes, Maxine G recommends this product!
Pups look great! harness works great!
Posted On 05/21/15 by Suzanne I from Olathe, KS
Yes, Suzanne I recommends this product!
Love this style and color. Harness is adjustable to fit my 3lb puppy with some grow room thanks to the heavy duty Velcro. Highly recommend!
Bright and fashionable!
Posted On 05/03/15 by Patti L H from Salem, OR
Yes, Patti L H recommends this product!
Love the style of this harness. Because it closes with a wide Velcro strip on the back, I do not have to worry about straps chafing Bella's skin. It is sturdy and well-made and the new colors are bright and cheerful. She is black, grey and white so it really shows. Bella's chest measures 18 and I bought a large.
Follow the Rainbow
Posted On 03/30/15 by Diane R from Ewa Beach, HI
Yes, Diane R recommends this product!
MY BOO BOO is off and running to OZ and beyond
Emma's Testimonal (Via Email)
My only problem was, when I all but submitted the final check out page, I wanted to double check the size. I had to just back step double check then come back and refill out the info for purchase.