How To Put On a Dog Harness: A Complete Guide


Dog leash is a valuable tool for pet owners. Necklaces can be used under strict conditions, but when you take your dog for a walk or park, the dog belt provides a more stable and safer way to tie the belt. Even better, the seat belt won't stretch your dog's neck too much.

But if you don't know what you're doing, getting your dog to wear a seat belt - first know how to do it - may be easier said than done. Fortunately, you're in the right place.

The following guide explains how to fasten the dog belt step by step, so let's get started.

Putting on a “Standard” Dog Harness

Because there are different types of dog belts and different ways to let your dog slide in. Standard dog straps are the most common, with only one around your dog's ribs and the other around your dog's neck. Most standard dog belts have a thick ring at the back, and you can fasten the belt.

Step-By-Step To Success

Thanks to this harness design’s simplicity, putting it on is relatively straightforward:

  • First, stand or squat behind your dog when they are in a standing or sitting position. Of course, your dog will need to be calm when you put the harness on. Check out the tips below for more info about how to make this happen.
  • Then take the harness and slip the neck loop over your dog's head. The harness should ideally be positioned so that the D-ring is positioned right over your dog's back. When you attach the leash, most of the leash tension will be centered between their shoulders. This allows you to have a good grip on your dog at all times without straining or hurting their neck.
  • Next, place your dog’s legs through the leg holes of the harness one at a time. When finished, your dog’s legs should be in between the loop that rests around their ribs and the loop that rests around their neck.
  • Buckle the harness securely. Depending on your exact harness type, you may need to put one leg through, buckle the harness, then do the other leg, so adjust this process as necessary.
  • Be sure to adjust the harness so that it fits securely without being too snug for your pup. How snug is too snug? Ideally, you’ll want to be able to put two fingers underneath the harness’s straps at all times. Keep in mind that if it’s your first time fitting your dog for a harness, you may need to put the harness on multiple times to check the fit.
  • Once you are done putting the harness on, try to pull it over your dog’s head. If you can’t do it, it is secure enough and ready for walking or playing.


Putting On a Front-Clip Dog Harness

The second common type of dog harness is the front clip harness. As the name suggests, the front clip harness has an additional belt clip in front of the dog's chest. They can also have standard D-ring attachments at the rear, providing additional flexibility.

Anyway, if you train your dog to walk well instead of shooting on the belt, the front clip position is good. The front clip dog strap may have different designs, so the following process may not be fully suitable for your unique harness. Adjust if necessary.

  • First, kneel at the side of your dog (usually the right side) when they are sitting or standing. Then put the neck loop of the harness over your dog’s head. The harness should be positioned so its label is on the left shoulder. The metal rings should be near the center of your dog’s chest.
  • Next, reach for the belly strap at your dog’s belly and tighten it or fasten it, based on the harness model you have.
  • Be sure to adjust the harness so that it fits snugly and securely without being too tight for your pup. Again, you should be able to fit two fingers under any strap of your dog’s harness, but you should also not be able to pull the harness over their head.

The front clip harness type is the best for puppies learning how to walk nicely, but it may also be necessary for adult dogs who are simply too energetic to walk politely by your side when outdoors.


Putting On a Step-In Dog Harness

Finally, you can also have a jumper harness that has a triangle around your dog's legs (an ordinary harness forms a rectangle around the legs). This type of seat belt is ideal for trained dogs, who can "intervene" when you're ready to take them for a walk.

  • Place the harness flat on the ground. The leg loops should form two triangles on either side. The buckle should rest on top of the D-rings where you will attach your leash.
  • Call or guide your dog to the harness and indicate where you want them to put their paws. If they are not trained to do this, stand behind your dog and place their front feet inside the triangular loops.
  • Next, pick up both ends of the harness and click the ends together over your dog’s spine. Make sure not to do this too tightly, as it may be uncomfortable for your pup.
  • Once more, adjust the harness so that it is secure without being too tight all around. Pull on the harness near your dog’s head to make sure they can’t be pulled out or slip away accidentally. 


What If Your Dog Doesn’t Like the Harness?

Even trained or adult dogs may not like seat belts from the beginning. For many dogs, it looks too much like a tight shirt on their chest and back. We can't blame dogs for feeling this way, even if you give them a very comfortable seat belt.

If your dog doesn't like wearing a seat belt, no matter what you do, you can train him to obey your orders when wearing the seat belt, sit well when you repair it, and even look forward to the moment of seat belt through positive reinforcement. And conduct training.

Key Points On Your Check List

Specifically, you’ll want to do the following steps:

  • When introducing your dog to the harness, let them sniff and inspect the harness without any pressure or force.
  • When it’s time for them to put the harness on, provide them with a treat while they sniff the harness so they associate the harness with getting a tasty snack.
  • Next, tell your dog to sit and reward them with another delicious treat.
  • Then, fit them with a harness and give them a treat when it is snug and secure.
  • If you have to mess with the buckles or straps of the harness, give your dog another treat when you are done with the entire process.

If you put a seat belt on your dog every time, he will eventually become the perfect angel when walking, even if he would rather walk without a seat belt. This technique applies to new puppies and adult dogs, although adult dogs may take longer to complete the procedure because they may be blocked by the harness.

Another piece of advice: don't try to force your dog into the seat belt or fight it. When you equip them with seat belts, be gentle, because you don't want to associate bad vibrations or negative feelings with seat belts at any time.


Harness Your Power

Finally, putting on the dog's seat belt is quite simple. You'll get there after a few attempts. It may take longer to perfect your puppy's seat belt, but you'll also master it earlier than you think.

Although it is important to know how to install a seat belt first, you must also make sure to provide the best seat belt for your dog companion. The quality of the seat belt may affect the service life, safety and comfort of your dog.

That’s why HarvinleyPet's Harness is made with premium, comfortable materials, is easy to adjust, and goes perfectly with our equally-well-made leash. Pick up everything you need to take your dog on the best walks of your lives or see what else our online store can offer today.

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