Your service pet works hard, and he deserves to be comfortable. Every time you walk out the door, he must slide into his vest and harness, so why not make sure it feels good to wear.
Shopping for a dog harness can seem overwhelming; after all there are so many styles to choose from. But, don’t worry, it is not going to be as difficult as it seems. Remember, many harnesses are designed to control pets. Your service animal is more than a pet – he’s a highly trained professional and won’t need many of the control harnesses you will see on store shelves.
When shopping you will likely come across one of these styles:
Of course, the style of the harness is not the only thing to consider when you buy: the material it is made from is also important. While leather is long-lasting and strong, it can feel heavy and become hot. Nylon, however, allows more air flow and tends to be more flexible which adds to the animal’s comfort.
You wouldn’t want to walk around all day in jeans that were too tight and a sweater that itched, would you? Then you will want to make sure that your pet’s harness doesn’t feel as uncomfortable. You don’t want them to feel like restrictive clothes that don’t fit. The key to the perfect fit is to measure carefully , This begins by:
Once you have these important measurements (in both inches and centimeters), then compare them to the sizing charts. You can find these chart’s online or at any pet store. Be sure to choose the harness that best fits these measurements – and don’t pick the smaller size because that is going to feel tight.
Once you have chosen a harness, check the fit to make sure that you can fit two fingers between the material and your pet’s skin. If you can’t, then it is too tight; and if more than two fingers fit then you need to tighten it a bit.
What else should you consider when shopping for a new harness for your service animal? Here are few suggestions:
An important piece of a service animals uniform, the harness may be a necessity, but that doesn’t mean it should not be comfortable. Follow these tips and your service animal to ensure that your pet is safe and comfortable every time you leave the house.
Due to the new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy, Emotional Support Animals are NO longer allowed to fly in airplane cabins for free. However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are eligible.
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