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    HOW TO USE AND ADJUST POWERHARNESS

    We have already covered the topic of proper harness adjustment but we still get so many feedbacks about injured dogs’ skins in spite of proper usage, that we think it’s important to talk about this issue, to discover the mistakes in the process of adjusting. Is it the size or the way of adjusting that’s not appropriate? Whatever the problem may be, we will try to help you to solve it.

    The first and most important step: what size of harness should I order?

    To get the excellent quality of Julius-K9 harnesses you need to choose the appropriate size. Let’s see this process step by step:

    1. Measurement

    First measure the dog: If it’s a puppy or a small-sized dog then measure its chest two fingers from the forelegs. while in case of middle-sized or large dogs the distance from the forelegs should be 4 fingers long. Correct measurment is illustrated in the following picture:

     

    2. Choosing the right size of harness:

    Having studied this size table, it is much easier to choose a harness that suits your pet.

    3. My dog is between two sizes. What should I do?

    If your dog – based on its chest circumference- is at size limit, it is better to buy a bigger harness. For instance a Beagle with a chest girth of 22-23 inches should get a 0 (zero) sized harness. It is also neccessary to weigh your dog, as knowing its weight will help you to choose the right size.

    I’ ve got my harness. How to adjust it?

    There are two straps on Julius-K9 harnesses: one on the chest and the other under the abdomen. While adjusting the harness, the belts should be set in a way that it’s not too tight and not too loose either. If the straps are too loose then the dog can easily slip out of it, if it’s too tight the dog’s skin may get chafed.

    Once you’ve unpacked the parcel and the harness is taken out, you just open the buckle so as to release the chest strap. The next thing to do is threading it through the metal ring on the opposite side and fix it with the velcro. The light-reflecting strip must be on the outside! If you have successfully adjusted your dog’s harness, then you will get a space between the forelegs and the lower strap of two (in case of puppies and smaller dogs) or four (in case of bigger dogs) fingers.

    Julius-K9 harnesses are quite user friendly products. It is pretty easy to put our harnesses on. You just pull it through the dog’s head and buckle it on the chest. Adjustment of lower strap (under the abdomen) is correct if you can slip your palm between your dog’s back and the harness.

    Proper adjustment is depicted here in this video:

    Should the adjustment be repeated before each usage?

    NO. If you pay attention to the instructions above, then you don’ have to bother about it anymore. Put the harness on, buckle it on the chest and you are free to discover the great outdoors with your doggie.

    I usually take my dog for long trips. Do I need to take some extra care about the adjustment?

    Compare the harness to your shoes. If you take on your shoes and go for a one-day long hiking, walking endlessly on uneven surface , you won’t feel as comfortable as if you had gone for a ten minutes’ walk in the city. Your feet will swell and sweat, especially in the summer.

    HINT: A harness has several functions and it differs depending on the location of our walk (e.g. some socail event, park in the city, a riverside, a forest etc.). So it is advisable to make the straps a bit tighter if it’s a walk in a park crowded with people, and to make it a bit looser if you take your pet to a relatively deserted place.