I have a 14.3 pound Chihuahua mix named Honey. Her girth is huge, 19 inches for her. I’ve had three different harnesses for her, all fitted either by the trainer or employees at my local pet store. They have all given her burns and I feel terrible. Should I get a different harness or do the burns eventually cease? Her skin is very thin and fragile. Any help would be appreciated.
Hi Sam…this may or may not help, but I saw on Etsy.com that someone is making harnesses to order….maybe you can find that site and the person might be able to suggest some fabric better suited to your pup’s skin. Good luck
Thanks so much! I’ll check that out.
I’ve been using Guardian Gear Nylon 2-Step Harness size 15-25 inch on my small dogs and haven’t had any burn issues. I’ve tried the fancier ones, but always come back to this one.
I had a step in nylon harness the first time and it chafed her. I think the problem is is that it comes up right behind her legs and chafes her armpits. I’m not sure how to keep the harness lower where it’s supposed to be.
I also use the Guardian Gear Camo Harness on my large ones (it does come in smaller size) and the chest piece is adjustable in length so the back of the harness sits farther from the armpit.
Here’s one on a dog I actually had:
Please go to baxterboo.com and look at the American River Harnesses by Doggie Design. I have three toy dogs and they are the only harnesses that I use on them. They last forever, do not bind or hurt them in any way. Very comfortable and forgiving size wise. Measure your dog approx. one inch or so below her underarms and also around the largest part of her rib cage. The size for your dog should either be a medium which goes up to a size 19″ or a large which starts at size 19″. They do have a little adjusting room. The site has one of the best customer service departments I’ve ever felt with and delivery is incredibly fast. Also, if you make a mistake in sizing they will exchange no questions asked. I have three toy dogs and again, they are the only harnesses I will use on my dogs. They are also great because they are also known as “choke free” harnesses so they don’t put any pressure on their throats or tracheas. Can’t recommend them enough, they really are fabulous and a God send for small dogs.
- This reply was modified 6 years, 8 months ago by Dori.
Sorry everyone, some how I wound up posting twice. Lost the first one, started posting again and then the original one popped up.
Please go on baxterboo.com and look at the harnesses by American River. They are made by Doggie Design and they are fantastic. I have three toy dogs and they are the only harnesses that I will use on them. They are fool proof and very gentle and they cannot in anyway burn or hurt your dog. They also last forever. Just measure your dog about 1 inch below her rib cage (or the largest part of her rib cage) and order that size. They are a bit forgiving with the size.
Forgot to mention that they are always having sales and free shipping on a lot of items.
Dori, they look great. I will definitely check them out. I will order a medium first.
I had a lot of problems with my dachshund coughing and reverse sneezing as a result of her step in harness pressing on her neck in just the wrong way. I found one that works great, and is available in-store, for a decent price. The brand is Pet Atire. It’s still step-in style, but has a padded, non-adjustable neck and chest piece. Costs about $13 for a small.
She doesn’t have a problem with burns, but my oldest dog, a 12 year old lab mix, does and she goes naked while at home and gets a choker when a leash is needed (or a very loose cheapy, thus thin and flexible, buckle collar when I can’t find the choker). There’s just no other way, her skin is too sensitive to collars.
Sam K. Glad I could help.Dog_ObsessedMember
@Akari Wait, she’s more sensitive to a collar than a choke chain?
I only use harnesses for my Cavaliers. I have many that I love. Let’s just say their wardrobe matches that of any royalty, lol! Anyway, some of my favorites are these:
I love, love these for my dogs!
Oh, yeah, another is the snugfit harness from Pinkaholic.
Hope this helps!
Yeah, Dog_Obsesed, when a fabric collar rubs Haley’s neck, the fur underneath falls out almost immediately, even if it’s loose. She’s the kind of dog that walks next to me off leash in a crowded area (if the law permitted, anyways). Choker never tightens, because she doesn’t act like most other dogs on walks lolDog_ObsessedMember
Okay, that makes sense. As long as the chain doesn’t tighten it shouldn’t hurt her. having a dog that always walks next to me seems surreal to me. 🙂
Yes, Haley is just the perfect dog. She’s so well natured 🙂 I even walk her on a Flexi leash with a choker. I can break all the dog rules with her :p
The eezwalker is a favorite of mine because it is made of soft fleece that doesn’t chafe or bind. It is highly adjustable and has two buckles that buckle up high on the dog’s sides/back. Very comfortable for the dog and doesn’t slide around. I also have American River mesh harnesses for my dogs, as well. They’re nice, too. Like I said…..wardrobes fit for kings! LOL!
I will chime in also, the ones I adore are by MIMI GREEN they have a lot of different kinds and colors. go to Mimigreen.com I don’t use the matching leashes I like the flexi “TAPE” 16ft the cord is horrible and dangerous -amazon sells them as well as chewy.com at good prices.
Hope this helps -I know you will be overwhelmed with all the suggestions.
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another suggestion is the PUPPIA harnesses they have many varietiesBeckyMember
I was just logging off and saw this–have to comment. I just ordered another harness tonight from Little Paws Apparel on Etsy and I LOVE her stuff. It’s very durable, but very easy to put on and off and very comfortable for the dogs. She’s wonderful to work with and her prices are reasonable. I’ve ordered from her for years. Here’s the link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LittlePawsApparelInkedMarieMember
I use Sense-Ation and Sense-ible harnesses by Soft Touch Concepts.
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