How to Choose a Dog Harness for Extra Large Breeds?


Extra-large dog breeds that weigh more than 100 pounds can include Great Danes, Mastiffs, Dobermans, Newfies, and Saint Bernards. They require special equipment like a Bolux dog harness to control their massive size and weight.

The right harness type removes any pressure or pulling applied to the neck when you try to control them with a leash. As a bonus, many dog owners find that these harnesses are more comfortable for their large breeds than walking on a collar and leash.

Choosing a Dog Harness for Extra Large Breeds

It should be available in your dog's particular size (weight not included). Measure the widest part of your dog's chest while standing up to get an accurate sizing. You can also measure your dog's girth or width at this time by wrapping cloth or measuring tape around it and adding two inches to get its size.

The harness must be snug but not too tight as this will cause chaffing and discomfort on your dog's skin. The chest strap of your dog's new harness should fit just below its front legs, under the armpits (not too high, or it will cause them pain when they try to pull). The back strap should fit in the middle of your dog's back.

If you can fit more than one finger under any part of the harness, it is too loose and needs to be tightened. Also, look for soft cushioning on the inside of the harness to keep your dog from chafing.

You will want a harness that is easy to put on and take off, but also one that won't come loose too easily. If your pet tends to pull, look for a Bolux dog harness with an integrated leash attachment point as well as quick-release buckles.

There are several designs of dog harnesses. A front hook style is best for extra-large breeds so that their weight will be distributed to the chest, and they won't be able to back out of it. A rear clip design can work if you find one for larger breeds with a reinforced neck strap, but it does put their back legs at risk for injury.

Your new harness should be well-made of strong, durable materials that will last you through the life of your dog. Look for heavy-duty stitching and strong hardware to hold all the straps together. If there are quick-release buckles, they should have safety locks so they won't be accidentally released.

Extra Tips:

• Buy a harness with a top handle to make it easier for you to control your dog in crowded or dangerous areas.

• Allow your dog some time to get accustomed to wearing their new harness.

• Keep your dog on the leash at all times until they are trained not to pull, or you can train them with positive reinforcement by using their new harness.

Walking your extra-large breed dog can be difficult if they are unruly and try to pull you along on their leash. A harness is the best way to control their size and weight, as well as protect yourself from harm.

The right harness will distribute pressure over their body instead of just around their neck, making it easier for you to control them.
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