Do you have a pet dog that is much stronger than you? Do you struggle to keep him in line while taking out for a walk? Or, do you realize the need for an extra-strong and proper supporting equipment for your dog when compared to the present zig-zagging collar and leash he wears?
I recommend using a dog harness that equally ensures a happy dog and a happy owner. Read on to find out more.
Recently, I happened to spot an interesting article that shows the percentage of overall pet dog owners in our country. The statistics reveal that almost 75.5 percent of US citizens including you and me love to keep dogs at home.
Yes, I am fond of pet dogs, and I already have many dogs, including a naughty Xoloitzcuintle, which was my very first pet and was so dear to me. For the first few outings, managing my pet is almost like hard and tiring for me. He often tries to yank and fight with the leash out of his excitement that results in choking and causing him neck injuries. Another shocking fact is that such a constant pulling force around the neck region of the dog can cause the eyeballs to protrude from their sockets. Then I realized the importance of having a great tool like a body harness that is effective in keeping the dog under your safe control.
Know About The Dog Harness
A harness is the best web-like equipment that can potentially distribute pressure over a dog’s body. It comes with release buckles and regulating straps that have a good girth which fits snugly around the chest area.
This knowledge is quite an essential thing to consider as harnesses models can differ in the way they act on your dog. In fact, there is no such single harness that equally fit all dogs.
This comprehensive guide to various types of dog harnesses will help you opt for the right type of dog harness.
From my experience, creating your own harness simply adds the beauty of satisfaction and comfort. You can even customize it with functional webbing and other stylish accessories that you want. Again, all these are possible at a truly low cost which is the icing on the cake. So, are you excited to make one?
List Of Things You Need For Making A Dog Harness
The first and foremost consideration is about the webbing material you choose for the harness. I advise you to get nylon fabric of appropriate width and thickness for the harness, as it is easy to clean and care for.
Apart from this, you will require
Extras For Improving The Harness Functionality
These are some things that I would consider adding to your dog harness. It adds comfort and ergonomical functionality that has suit me in my everyday interaction with my dogs. I hope these would give you some inspirations for your own version of dog harness.
Steps To Make A Dog Harness
Here it goes!
Mainly, there are three measurement lengths to take note of.
There is more to measuring a dog for a harness properly. I have written a whole article on it that dives deep into the nitty gritty details, as well as shares some of my personal tips on how to measure a dog for a dog harness correctly and easily. Do check it out if your are not clear!
Take the fabric and cut it out to size A. Attach the extras like padding or Velcro if you need. Use a good quality thread to do at least 2-3 stitching lines. Now, make sure you properly burn the edges to avoid fraying in the future.
Insert the Tri-Glide clip and fold. Now, stitch the loose end to the buckle and re-insert the fabric back through the clip. Further, thread the free end of the webbing strap to the other end of the buckle.
Cut out the B length strap after carrying out a test fitting with the chest wrap in place. If you like to keep a D ring on the strap of your big dog, fold this strap piece into half and try sliding it on the ring. Neatly stitch it over the back and to the chest wraps to ensure secure fitting.
If you prefer to attach a D ring on the chest strap, it is easier now. For this, take out a webbing strip that is double in length when compared with the chest strap thickness and add in an extra ¼ inches. Fold it into half and insert the ring into the strap center. Sew it onto the chest strap using the thread so that now it lies centered on your left side of the body. The harness is ready to wear and so, slide the strap over the dog’s head and secure it with the buckles and see if it fits effortlessly without irritating the dog.
Pros Of Using A Diy Dog Harness
Cons Of Using A Diy Dog Harness
Now you have the basic idea of creating a working and stylish harness model for your active pet dog. Make sure you practice two success mantras for the ultimate results which you are going to find out soon. This includes your patience to stitch it carefully and the time to make trial fittings on your pet. I assure you that the design is definitely going to make your dog happy wearing it on for the whole day.