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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).
The Patented American River Choke Free Dog Harness has been our leading seller for over a decade and we continue to maintain the high quality construction that has made it so popular.
WHAT Makes the Ultra Choke Free Patented Design Unique from other Dog Harnesses?
Trachea Safe - Choke Free Patented Design Pulls from the Chest ONLY
Patented Conforming Shape Fit Seam Technology - Causes harness to conform to Dogs Chest curve.
Patented Closure Slide Adjustability - (Other copy-cat harnesses have little or no size adjustment) Our 3 Inch Webbing allows for 3 Inches of Size Adjustment
Double D-Ring Adds Strength
Same Color trim binding as the mesh
Safe Night Walking Reflective strips.
Zig Zag Trim Binding Stitch - Prevents Missed Stitches and creates a Super Strong BOND
Matching Soft Cushion Grip Nylon Dog Leashes (sold separate)
Safety – The Ultra is the perfect design for use as a Seat Belt Harness, PULLS from the Chest, not the Neck
Double Safety Closure- touch fastener and High Strength Plastic Side Release Buckle
Simple Step in, Wrap Up and Go Design
Soft Mesh Polyester / Machine Wash and Line Dry
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 05/09/20 by maradean h from East Greenbush , NY
Yes, maradean h recommends this product!
Perfect for small dogs. My fur baby loves hers.You do not want to have a collar and a leash to walk a small dog. They pull and it can do great damage to their throat. I love this Harness!
Ameriacan Rive Ultra Choke-Free Mesh Dog Harness
Posted On 04/11/20 by Red Lion from Red Lion, PA
Yes, Red Lion recommends this product!
This is really cute, but, unfortunately, it barely fits Toby. Toby is growing like a weed and since I ordered it, he has grown more. I should have ordered a size up because he is now around 6 lbs. if not more. The XS is pretty much too tight on him. He only wore it once and he's only 3 mo. old. I'm sure it's great if it is the proper fit for the puppy. My Toby, unfortunately, just can't wear it.
Posted On 03/25/19 by Vicki from Hamilton, MT
Yes, Vicki recommends this product!
This is the 3rd Doggie Design harness that we have purchased. They are very comfortable for our Shih Tzu to wear. We definitely would recommend this harness.
Oreo's New Harness
Posted On 12/18/18 by Judy T from Ponte Vedra, FL
Yes, Judy T recommends this product!
We love the new harness. It fit's Oreo very well, and he look's so handsome in this beautiful blue. His collar is also the same color so it works out just fine. Great price, nicely made and I'm sure he'll be wearing it a long time.
Posted On 09/21/18 by Armand L from , NH
Yes, Armand L recommends this product!
We just received our no-choke harness for our Yorkie and it works just great. Our last harness, from another company, used to choke him whenever he pulled ahead on leash. Now we can walk him with greater ease and don't have to worry about any throat injury when he is harnessed in the car. Great product.
Cobalt Blue Choke Free Harness
Posted On 03/26/18 by Susan G from West Lawn, PA
Yes, Susan G recommends this product!
We purchased these for our furfriends who need secure harnesses while walking. The color goes well with all shades of fur and fits Cavachons and Cockapoos to a t!
Posted On 10/03/17 by Marie E K from Aspen, CO
Yes, Marie E K recommends this product!
Wonderfully made! Great colors! Have bought these for all my small fur babues!
Posted On 08/09/17 by Rebecca P from Castor, LA
Yes, Rebecca P recommends this product!
Bought this for my 20 yr. old Boston terrier with hip dysplacia. Easy to get on and off comfortable for him and makes picking him up easier without choking him.
I Love These Harnesses
Posted On 07/21/17 by Ryan P from Granada Hills, CA
Yes, Ryan P recommends this product!
I love these harnesses! They are light weight and yet durable. The Velcro fasteners are my favorite feature. The Velcro makes for easy on and off fitting for my small, wirey dog. He wiggles and resists. They are truly "choke free". I will buy again...
Posted On 06/15/17 by Kimberly H from Knoxville, TN
Yes, Kimberly H recommends this product!
Well made harness. Easy to put on. Appears very comfortable for my dog to wear. I'd definitely buy this harness again!!!!
Posted On 06/06/17 by Rita P from Rochester, NY
Yes, Rita P recommends this product!
they are comfortable and I feel very secure with my dogs wearing them.
Works great for dachshunds
Posted On 05/24/17 by ANNE C from Chandler, AZ
Yes, ANNE C recommends this product!
I bought two of these for my dachshunds and they work wonderfully. The sizing is exactly as the chart specifies. The harnesses are secure, no worries with escape. They are also gentle on their back.
Posted On 03/17/17 by Mary J from Blacklick, OH
Yes, Mary J recommends this product!
It seems to be a very nice harness but I only gave it 4 stars because I can't really tell because it is WAY too large for Sid. I went by his measurements and what the description recommended but it didn't work. I plan to order the next smaller size and try that but I seem to have this problem a lot with Sid. He must be a "tweener" size. But harness seems to be very good quality. It's a beautiful blue and blue is his color.
Posted On 01/30/17 by Connie M from Evant, TX
Yes, Connie M recommends this product!
I love this it's true to size and the double closure is an added benefit keeps my little guy safe and he doesn't get choked anymore . Very happy with my purchase!
Posted On 01/24/17 by Susan P from San Francisco, CA
Yes, Susan P recommends this product!
I ordered up a size and got the right fit, so may run a little small. The medium would have worked well for an average Norwich, but mine is a bit on the porky side...Either way, the harness fits snuggly and looks as though she is very comfortable in it. This one was recommended to me by a breeder I met, then approved by our vet at the next visit. Even with her very short legs, this is one harness she can't wiggle out of and I feel relieved knowing that her neck is protected. Once I saw how well it fit, I ordered another one.
Posted On 01/01/17 by Cindy L from Walterboro, SC
Yes, Cindy L recommends this product!
It also runs small but still fit my Pyrenees!
american river dog harness
Posted On 12/06/16 by reuben a from venice, FL
Yes, reuben a recommends this product!
This is a very good quality, well made dog harness. This is the third harness we have purchased and each harness is better constructed and higher quality than the previous one. The new harness has reflector strips on the front of the harness for night time walking and seems to be constructed of thicker material and the step-in method of harnessing dog is so easy.
Posted On 12/06/16 by James M from Salisbury, NC
Yes, James M recommends this product!
Very well made product that doesn't pull on my Yorkiepoo's neck. We are very pleased.
BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE
Posted On 11/30/16 by Linda K from Winterville, NC
Yes, Linda K recommends this product!
Paddington looks REALLY GREAT in this cobalt blue harness! It is exceptionally sturdy, and the velcro fastener on the back is tough and holds together - even for the likes of my Paddy Dogdini (who can escape from just about anything)!
Recent Purchase of Pet Vest Harness
Posted On 10/14/16 by Roxamma D from , GA
Yes, Roxamma D recommends this product!
I reviewed various products on the web for a vest harness for our bijon Lexi. She has allergies and seems to break out with the normal harnesses that have plastic buckles with rough linings or edging on them. I therefore was looking for an alternative.
Your product is well made, smooth inside the vest, is cut low in the front to prevent neck pressures, etc. and fit will with your measurements provided. I ordered the Large and then ordered a second from another company (Lexi is a female and we both like pink). The pink came with size not proportional and it has been returned. We love yours. Thank you. Roxy Dear
American River Ultra Choke-free dog harness
Posted On 10/05/16 by Nancye C from Dunwoody, GA
Yes, Nancye C recommends this product!
This is DarCee's second of these harnesses, which we are very pleased with, because they are well-constructed and easy to put on.
Posted On 08/18/16 by alexandra g from , MA
Yes, alexandra g recommends this product!
Great harness... Mesh polyester harness easy to get on / off dogs - stays secure, comfortable for dogs, excellent product for the money! Beware of sizing as we have two coonhounds that weigh 50 and 60 lbs. and we got the xxx-large that fits them well. (Harness a little big for 50 lb. dog tho')
American River Harness
Posted On 07/06/16 by Ellen H from West New York, NJ
Yes, Ellen H recommends this product!
Prompt delivery as usual. Very nice harness, Runs a little smaller than the one I purchased previously, however, I think the quality is better.
Posted On 06/16/16 by nancy c from Malden, MA
Yes, nancy c recommends this product!
bought as a gift for another dog along with chain dog looks great and a good fit. thank u
Posted On 06/07/16 by Gina N from , TX
Yes, Gina N recommends this product!
We purchased this great choke free harness since our dogs have such small necks (chiquaquas). They fit great...had to get mediums as they have had too many snacks. The color is cobalt blue, but I've also purchased this in baby pink and purple and purchased matching leashes so they are stylin' and profilin'. Great product!
Posted On 05/05/16 by Sandra D from , IN
Yes, Sandra D recommends this product!
I bought a beige harness 3 years ago. Still using it. Love the ease on putting it on and how it holds. I use a special seat belt in the car which fastens around the harness I wouldn't buy any other harness I had three other kinds but this is the best.
A Great Harness
Posted On 04/19/16 by Debora L from ,
Yes, Debora L recommends this product!
A Great Harness I got this for my larger Morkie who loves to pull while walking. He was always coughing/choking because he couldn't stop pulling,
American River Ultra Choke-Free Dog Harness
Posted On 04/16/16 by Anna V from Elberta, AL
Yes, Anna V recommends this product!
I LOVE these harnesses because they are comfortable on my little "pullers" and are easy to put on and take off. I wouldn't be without them! Quality is outstanding!
We Have Several
Posted On 03/21/16 by J from , AR
Yes, J recommends this product!
This harness is very vibrant in cobalt blue. We recently ordered three different blues in this harness for our three dogs. All are pretty colors. The fit is consistent with previously ordered harnesses in this brand.
Travis's Testimonal (Via Email)
Really happy with the product good quality. Only problem i had was 2 different black hoodies had 2 different measurements one was xl 30 inch chest and the other was xl 24 chest and i received the 24 inch instead and didn't realize it tilll i tried it on my dog and now can't return it cause it has dog hair on it. How else do u know unless u try it on?? All good though sold it to a friend and reordered the right size