Sizing & Fitting Lupine� Collars and Harnesses:
Measure the highest point on your dog's neck,
just behind the ears. Fitting the collar to this part of the neck prevents it from sliding to a looser area,
whereas, if the collar is sized according to the base of the neck and worn there, it may slide up and hang
too loosely for proper contact. Add 2 inches to the measurement to allow for the
receiver posts if you have the 3/4"(standard) posts; add 1" if you have the 1/2"(short) posts.
To determine size range needed,
measure around the mid-point of the dog's neck. Measure snug against the fur, and then add in 5-10% of
that measurement for adjustment.
This is much more accurate than "add 2 inches"! Adding two inches to
a small dog's collar may be too much, and likewise not enough for a larger dog.
Generally, the smallest
size range that will fit is the best choice. A collar let out to its largest size will be less bulky
than one that has been doubled up to its smallest setting.
These collars have no buckle and need to fit over the widest aspect of the dog's head. In addition to
measuring the dog's neck, measure all the way around the head, from the highest point of the skull,
under the jaw, and back up.
Please note that a Combo Collar is only effective with a lead attached.
This type of collar should Not be left on an unleashed and/or unattended dog.
Harnesses are sized based
on the adjustability of the girth. Measure around the ribcage, just behind the front legs, snug against
the fur; then add in 5-10% of that measurement to determine the size needed.
To fit the harness to the dog: Unbuckle the clasp on the girth. The strap with the D-ring should be on the spine, with the D-ring
pointing to the tail. Place the two adjustable shoulder straps over the dog's head, adjusting them
evenly so that the O-ring is positioned in the middle of the chest. Pick up the dog's left front paw
and place over the sternum strap,so that the strap passes between the forelegs. Adjust and buckle the
girth. The girth should be supported by the ribcage all the way around, especially underneath. If the
girth rests too far back it will be uncomfortable for the dog. Shortening the shoulders will shorten
the front-to-back length of the harness. Although the tensile strength of the webbing is high,
chew resistance is quite low -- 20 seconds or less with a determined dog! For this reason, leaving
a harness on an unattended dog is Not recommended.
To find the the best size range for your pet, measure
around the ribcage, just behind the front legs, then add 5-10% extra for comfort.