How To Measure Your Dog For Our Mighty Paw Harnesses + Harness FAQs

How To Measure Your Dog For Our Mighty Paw Harnesses + Harness FAQs

Hey Mighty Paw Fam, Barbara here to show you how to measure your dog for our Mighty Paw Harnesses. 

That's important to find the right fit, especially because our line of harnesses consist of different styles and sizes than those of other brands. For example, a Mighty Paw size Medium harness isn't designed the same way as a Medium harness from other brands.

Our 3 harnesses also differ slightly from one another and each one fits a bit differently. With that in mind, a dog who wears a Large Original Sport Dog Harness 1.0 doesn't necessarily need a Large Sport Dog Harness 2.0.

For example, my 38 lb pup Wally measures 14.75" around his neck and 22" around his chest.

Mighty Paw Sport Dog Harness 2.0

He wears a Medium size in our Sport Dog Harness 2.0 but a Small size in both our Vehicle Safety Harness and our Original Dog Sport Harness 1.0.

See what I mean?

OK, now let's take a look at our harnesses and learn about their differences in usage and size!

How To Measure Your Dog For Our Mighty Paw Harnesses

How to measure your dog for our Mighty Paw Harnesses + Harness FAQs

One thing that doesn't differ regardless of which of our harnesses you plan on purchasing is WHERE you measure your dog for it.

You'll always want to measure around your dog's neck and chest. Simply use the dotted lines in the measurement graphics we include with all of our harness product listings as reference points. That's where you'll want to measure.

It's easiest to use a soft measuring tape on your pup, but you can also get accurate measurements using a piece of string or ribbon and a ruler.

Place the string around your dog's neck and the chest area right behind the front legs, respectively. Use your fingers to mark the length on the string, then place that amount of string along a ruler to get its length in inches.

Please scroll down to the different harnesses to learn more about them!

Sport Harness 1.0: Our Original Walking Harness

  • Dual Clip Options: You choose the leash clip attachment point, front or back. Use front range to eliminate pulling during walks and hikes. Use the back attachment for runs and car rides.
  • Comfort: The weather-proof Sport Harness has a mesh lining with soft sponge padding throughout. The chest piece is supportive without restricting natural shoulder movement keeping your dog secure and comfortable.
  • Doesn't go over your dog's head: Includes a neck buckle that opens to go around your dog’s neck.
  • Adjustability: The chest piece is fully adjustable (the neck piece isn't).
  • Safety and Convenience: To keep you and your dog safe and visible when the sun goes down we added reflective material along the entire length of the harness. Easily adjustable straps make for a quick fitting.

Mighty Paw Sport Dog Harness

Please measure carefully around your dog’s neck and chest in order to receive the correct size: 

  • X-Small: Chest 17-19.5", Neck 12.5"
  • Small: Chest 19-22.5", Neck 15" 
  • Medium: Chest 23-28", Neck 18.5"
  • Large: Chest 28-38", Neck 21"
  • X-Large: Chest 36-50", Neck 24"
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    Mighty Paw Sport Dog Harness Measurements

    Sport Harness 2.0: Our Redesigned Walking Harness

    What's different from the original Sport Dog Harness:

    Our original Sport Dog Harness 1.0 is completely padded around the neck area, which, while being more comfortable for your pup, has no adjustability around the neck. The 2.0 has the best of both worlds with its fully adjustable neck while still retaining quite a bit of padding.

    • Comfort: Padded neoprene lining.
    • Customized fit: Adjusts to fit perfectly around both the chest and neck.
    • Doesn't go over your dog's head: Includes a neck buckle that opens to go around your dog’s neck.
    • Safety: Includes reflective stitching for easy night visibility.
    • Durable and premium quality: Made with durable weather-proof materials and hardware.
    • Built for convenience: Adjustable straps for a perfect fit with quick-release buckles to make putting on and taking off hassle-free.
    • Added control: Padded handle at the back of the harness to easily control your pup when needed. Two leash attachments, one for general walking and the other to stop your pup from pulling on the leash.

    Mighty Paw Sport Dog Harness 2.0

    Please measure carefully around your dog’s neck and chest in order to receive the correct size:

    • Small: Chest 16.5-22", Neck 11.5-17.5"
    • Medium: Chest 20.5-25.5", Neck 15-22"
    • Large: Chest 24.5-31.5", Neck 16.5-24.5"
    • X-Large: Chest 27.5-36", Neck 21.5-33.5"

    Mighty Paw Dog Sport Harness 2.0 Measurements

    Vehicle Safety Harness: Our Harness For Car Rides

    Our Vehicle Safety Harness is specially designed for your dog’s safety on car rides: We’ve performed in-house force testing, applied reinforced cross-stitching throughout, and used a wider padded chest piece than in our walking harnesses.

    • All Quality Material: Top quality metal hardware provides safety and durability. The long-lasting material is proven to be weatherproof and very easy to clean. Breathable, lightweight padding ensures your four-legged friend is always comfortable.
    • Doubles as Regular Harness: Not just to keep your pup safe in the car! This multi-use harness allows you to take them out of the car for a hassle-free and secure walk or pit-stop. Choose from either the front or the back leash attachment for your convenience.
    • Keeps you and your furry friend safe: We have included reflective stitching on the harness to improve the safety of you and your best bud on your adventures as you use this multi-use harness both in and out of the car.

    Mighty Paw Vehicle Safety Harness

    Please measure carefully around your dog’s neck and chest in order to receive the correct size:

    • Small: Neck 11-17.5", Chest 17.5-24.5"
    • Medium: Neck 15-23.5", Chest 21.5-31"
    • Large: Neck 17-26", Chest 24"-35"
    • X-Large: Neck 22-32", Chest 28"-43"

    Mighty Paw Vehicle Safety Harness Measurements

    Harness FAQs

    You'll find the most commonly asked questions related to our harnesses below!

    Do The Dog Sport Harnesses Work With The Seat Belts, Or Do You Have To Get The Vehicle Safety Harness?

    Both Dog Sport Harnesses work with the seat belts. 

    However, our Vehicle Safety Harness is specifically designed for your dog’s safety on car rides: We’ve performed in-house force testing, applied reinforced cross-stitching throughout, and used a wider padded chest piece.

    Are The Harnesses Padded To Avoid Chafing?

    Yes, all our harnesses are padded.

    Can I Add Tags To The Harnesses?

    Yes, all our harnesses come with D-rings for tags.

    Can The Harnesses Be Washed? How?

    Yes, our harnesses can be washed either by hand or in the washing machine on the cold and gentle cycle. We recommend air-drying them as opposed to using a dryer.

    Do The Mighty Paw Harnesses Fit Toy Size Dogs?

    Unfortunately, our harnesses don’t fit toy size dogs. Our smallest harnesses are the small Vehicle Safety Harness (Neck 11-17.5", Chest 17.5-24.5") & the Small Sport Dog Harness 2.0 (Chest 16.5-22", Neck 11.5-17.5").

    Do The Harnesses Have To Be Pulled Over A Dog’s Head?

    No, they don’t! Our harnesses have quick release buckles to help you easily put them on and around your dog’s neck instead of pulling them over the head.

    Are The Harness Leash Attachments Metal?

    Yes, all the hardware is made of metal.

    Are you ready for a Mighty Paw Harness? Pick one up here!

    Barbara Rivers writes regularly for Mighty Paw. She is a blogger, raw feeder, former dog walker and maintains the blog K9s Over Coffee.

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