MEASURING YOUR DOG FOR AN URBAN TRAIL OR HYBRID PERFORMANCE HARNESS
Before you Start
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Use a soft measuring tape. Be sure the dog is standing square and level with head up and legs square. Be sure the dog's back is not hunched or roached. Measure the dog, not the fur. Weigh your dog if possible. Proper measurements are very important!! Measure twice to be sure! DO NOT pull the tape tight or the measurement will be short. If you have ANY questions about measuring, feel free to
or call Dave Ryan at 610-584-6696. The urban trails harness has an adjustable girth. The collar is not adjustable. The strap that goes between the legs can be off an inch or two without affecting the performance of the dog.
Note: When you use the harness, adjust the girth for a tight fit. It must be tight enough to hold the collar in place when load is placed on the D ring.
1. Neck: from the top of the breastbone in the front of the dog (big bone that sticks out between the front legs in front of the dog) to the base of the neck where it joins the spine- NOT all the way back to between the shoulder blades, but in front of the shoulder blades at the base of the neck......... Take from the top of the breastbone to the base of the neck on ONE side and double it.........the average medium build dog will be around "22" (2 x 11)
2. Mid-Rib: Start at the top of the breastbone again, go between the front legs to the end of the sternum........maybe like "13" inches....
3. Circumference (girth): All the way around the dog at the mid-rib point where the sternum ends and the ribs split apart. The girth strap holds the collar in place. It needs to rest slightly aft of the deep part of the chest in order to keep the harness from sliding forward. In other words, the chest bones hold it in place.
4. Belly: All the way around the dog where the ribs end. This is for the belly band.
Study the picture below, and write down each measurement on a scrap of paper -- then measure again! If the numbers do not match closely, keep measuring until you get consistent measurements.
When ordering harnesses, please provide all of this information in the measurements field of the PayPal order form:
- Mid-Rib - length of sternum
- Around Dog - girth
- Dog's name
We sew the dog's name on the harness. Providing Dog's Breed, build and weight is helpful for us to determine if your measurements are correct. If we (Alpine Outfitters) have a question on the accuracy of your measurements, we will contact you. Some harnesses made to “off standard” measurements may not be returnable.
The urban trails harness is designed for scootering, skateboarding, roller blading, bikejoring, canicross or any other dryland mushing!
The harness extends part way down the back to accomodate the steeper pull angle associated with biking and scootering as compared to sledding. The attachment for the tugline is a D ring at the back of the harness. The harness is fully padded. No strap goes over the hips so the back is free to bend as the dog runs. The harness adjusts at the girth, but not at the neck. Standard sled dog harnesses do not adjust.
The urban trails harness comes sewn with your dog's name and silver reflective tape. Color choices are black, blue, green, red, orange and purple. Please specify color, dog's name and measurements, breed, and weight when ordering.
The girth strap anchors the collar. It sits slightly aft of the sternum and is tight enough to not slip forward over the chest when there is pull on the D ring.
About 5% of dogs do not fit this harness. The collar slips upwards and the dog wheezes. If you receive your harness and the dog wheezes when pulling the scooter as if he were pulling with his leash collar, please telephone Alpine Outfitters at 360.659.3800. Carmen will talk with you about your dog and harness. She may suggest you return the harness for remodeling or she may suggest you switch to an x back harness. Carmen races her alaskan huskies. She has one who can't run in an x-back and one who wheezes in an urban trails harness so she is familiar with the importance of the proper harness. Most of her dogs run best in the urban trails or hybrid performance harnesses, but some dogs run best in the x-back because they are built differently.
General Sizing Information:
||Usual Weight Range
average medium dog
Generally, if you multiply the neck size by 1.25 you should be close to the circumference size. This varies widely depending on build/weight of dog. Remember to measure the WIDEST place on the dog, not necessarily where you think the harness will end up sitting on the dog.