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How to find the right size and adjust my dog's harness?

A good and well-fitted harness is comfortable for your dog and will help prevent injuries. A harness should not limit your dog, but help it release its full potential! 

After you find the right dog harness for your use, you must adjust it correctly to utilize the harness's properties in the best possible way and prevent strain.  

Each of our product pages have a sizing guide that will help you find the right size for your dog's harness. This guide will explain how the different dog harnesses should fit and how to adjust them to fit your dog perfectly.  

Freemotion and Combined harness 

For these pulling-harnesses, the neck opening should be quite tight to avoid the harness from sliding down to your dog's shoulders and restrict movement. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and the base of your dog's neck. The harness should not slide easily over your dog's head. If you think it is hard to get the harness on or off, you can twist it horizontally before pulling it over your dog's head.  

The lowest point of the neck opening should be at the chest bone.  

With the side straps, you adjust the depth to fit your dogs chest. This will prevent the harness from sliding up your dog's throat. The straps should be firm but not too tight.  

Adjust the back piece so that the attachment point for the line sits right above the dog's sacrum.  

The dog must be standing in the same position as when pulling - straight back with head and neck low as an extension of the back.  

The Combined Harness is adjusted the same way as the Freemotion Harness. The ring for the attachment of the pulka should sit by the rearmost ribs. 

Nansen Nome Harness 

The x-back harness has no adjustability but also comes in half sizes with a broader neck. 

For this pulling-harness, the neck opening should be quite tight to avoid the harness from sliding down to your dog's shoulders and restrict movement. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and the base of your dog's neck. The harness should not slide easily over your dog's head. If you think it is hard to get the harness on or off, you can twist it horizontally before pulling it over your dog's head.  

The attachment point for the line should sit right above the dog's sacrum.  

Nansen Stick Harness 

The Stick harness has no adjustability but also comes in half sizes with a broader neck. 

For this pulling-harness, the neck opening should be quite tight to avoid the harness from sliding down to your dog's shoulders and restrict movement. You should be able to fit two fingers between the harness and the base of your dog's neck. The harness should not slide easily over your dog's head. If you think it is hard to get the harness on or off, you can twist it horizontally before pulling it over your dog's head.  

The stick should lie 5 - 10 centimeters/1,9 - 3,9 inches behind the dog.  

Line Harness and Ultra Harness 

These harnesses do not have to fit as tight around the neck as the pulling- harnesses.  

Ultra Harness is adjustable around both neck and chest and is suitable for puppies or wide chested breeds. 

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