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How To Measure Your Dog's Paws!
Proper footwear fit is essential to a fun day out (or in). Here's how to measure your pet's paws...
With your pet's paw on the ground, measure from the tip of the claws (those have to fit inside the shoe too) to the back of where the paw touches the ground, which is just behind the pad.
While your pet's paw is still on the ground, measure from side to side at the widest point of your pet's paw, which is usually near the base of the toes.
Handy Tip: Try having your pet step on a piece of paper, then trace around the paw. Then, while your pet is off eating your houseplants or terrorizing the neighborhood, you can measure the traced outline in peace.
How To Measure Your Dog!
I have worked with the finest furry tailors in the world, and am here to share my bounty of knowledge. Here's how to measure your pet...
Measure from the base of the tail (where it connects to the hindquarters) up to where the collar typically sits at the base of the neck, then follow up with a generous back scratch.
This is measured by giving your pet a
hug, during which you measure the entire circumference (all the way around) at the widest point of your pet's chest. This is typically right behind the front legs.
First, plenty of kisses. Then, measure the neck's circumference
(the distance around it) at the point where the collar sits.
Important Sizing Note: The given measurements are the dimensions of the actual product, not of the pet they fit. After measuring your pet, make sure all measurements fit within the following dimensions (with a little room to spare in the chest and neck).
Your pup will look sweeter than dessert in this gorgeous American River Choke-Free Dog Harness in Raspberry Sundae Ombre!
What sets the patented American River Choke-Free Dog harness apart from others?
Trachea safe - The Choke-Free patented design pulls only from the chest, never the neck. Many smaller breeds are susceptible to having a collapsed trachea, especially when using a collar. Even regular harnesses can be dangerous for toy and teacup breeds. Don't put your pup's airway at risk with anything but a choke-free harness!
Patented Conforming Shape Fit Seam Technology - This unique feature allows the harness to conform to curves even on hard-to-fit dog chests.
Patented Closure Slide Adjustability - Most harnesses have little or no size adjustment at the clasp. This unique design allows the clasp to slide along the nylon webbing for a full 3 inches of adjustment.
Double D-ring - Most harnesses have only a single D-ring. Furthermore, some companies use D-rings that aren't welded shut. The remaining slit in the metal of sub-par D-rings may open under pressure and the nylon could slip out, leaving your dog at risk for escape. Since the American River Choke Free Harness features two welded D-rings in its design, you're getting double the protection.
Reflective strips - All 31 colors of American River Choke Free Dog Harnesses feature reflective strips that can be viewed from the front and the sides to provide visibility during nighttime or early-morning walks.
Zig zag trim binding stitch - Using a zig-zag stitch over the harness trim ensures there will be no missed stitches. This means the trim and the mesh fabric are fully bonded to each other.
Safety – The choke-free design makes this harness an ideal choice for use as a car seat belt harness since it pulls from the chest, not the neck.
Double safety closure- Wide touch fastener and high strength plastic buckle clip ensure your dog won't be able to get out of the harness. When paired with a leash through the double D-rings, the harness has three levels of closure strength!
Easy to apply - The step-in design makes putting on this harness a breeze. Once your pup has stepped into the harness leg holes, wrap the touch fastener around your pup, click, and go!
Easy-care fabric- Soft mesh polyester is machine washable. Line dry.
Sized to fit most dogs - this harness has sizes from XXS through XXXL (to fit dogs from 3-100 pounds!)
Why We Love It:
Doggie Design is the first and only company in the world to create this exciting new ombre harness design. They used their own special color blending technique to create a beautiful palette of rainbow colors. Doggie Design also makes this step-in mesh choke-free design in reinforced large dog sizes, up to size XXXL (approx 90 Lbs!)
Certified Break Strength Tested to 386 Lbs, by an International Independent Testing Laboratory.
Important Sizing Note: The following measurements are the dimensions of the actual product, not of the pet they fit. After measuring your pet, make sure all measurements fit within the following dimensions (with a little room to spare in the chest and neck).
Lola is my 3 1/2 year old baby. We love ALL the Choke Free Harnesses we bought from Baxter Boo! This ombre design is so cute! Lola will definitely be the talk of the neighborhood on our daily summer walks! Thanks for all the great products!
Posted On 10/15/18 by J.A. from Chicago, IL
Yes, J.A. recommends this product!
Harness has gorgeous ombre color scheme!
Posted On 05/10/18 by Alina R from , CA
Yes, Alina R recommends this product!
The coloring is even more pretty in person. The harness is very well made and seems comfortable for my dog to wear as she always falls asleep in it. I like this brand's harnesses and other products a lot. I want to order more of the colors!
Posted On 12/11/17 by Christel S from Puurs - Belgium,
Yes, Christel S recommends this product!
Just received the harness and my little Dotje is looking great in it!!! It's still a bit awkward for her to wear it, but she'll get used to it very soon. Now she's ready to drive with me to get 'big sis' and 'Daddy' from work!!! Yeeeyyy!!! Thx baxterboo <3 <3
Hope this item will find its way to Europe and Belgium too!!!
Posted On 11/18/17 by JOYCE E from Richmond, VA
Yes, JOYCE E recommends this product!
I got this for my very small Chiweenie last year and it has been great. I got the pink/purple one and it is adorably cute. It has held up with daily use and she has grown a little so it's time to purchase a larger size. It's easy to get on and off and my dog seemed to be very comfortable with it on. No complaints about this product.
This One is My New Favorite--So What If I Say That With Each New Harness?!!
Posted On 11/01/17 by Dana L from Sparks, NV
Yes, Dana L recommends this product!
Again, colors are true; fit is perfection, shipping was faast. I only shop Baxter Boo because when something works and works problem-free consistently, it simply doesn't make sense to experiment elsewhere. I have never had a negative experience with Baxter Boo and have been delighted with each and every item purchased--to date, a dozen choke-free harnesses and each better than the last!
A great harness
Posted On 10/19/17 by Eva M from Mint Hill, NC
Yes, Eva M recommends this product!
I love this harness. Our Yorkie is small and can not use a collar so I bought several of these to take her to training and on walks. I also use them to hook her up to her seat. She is comfortable and they are easy to slip on and off. The perfect harness and cute too !
Glad I found
Posted On 10/10/17 by ginny from ANAHUAC, TX
Yes, ginny recommends this product!
I bought this for my baby Kloey which is Zoey's twin sister lab/pitt bull so they could match and be more comfortable and they love them so much better then the ones they had before. Wow why did it take me so long to find this easy on fitting vest. Going away is so much better to get ready and not to mention easier they don't fight me anymore to get ready! I just say lets get your jacket on and they ready to go..Thanks again for a wonderful product.
Posted On 08/25/17 by Judy D from Sevierville , TN
Yes, Judy D recommends this product!
I have purchased 3 harnesses and love them. My puppies are very small so it was nice to find sizes for them. Love the easy way to put them on. Would highly recommend these little harnesses.
American River Choke-Free Dog Harness - Raspberry Sundae Ombre
Posted On 06/01/17 by Becky G from Merkel, TX
Yes, Becky G recommends this product!
This is the 3rd American River harness I have purchased. It's very good quality and fits exactly as described. And the colors are great!
Love the colors, but not sure about quality...
Posted On 05/23/17 by Sarah from Los Angeles, CA
Yes, Sarah recommends this product!
I've been eyeing this harness forever, so when it went on sale I had to grab it. I love the colors -- the ombre is gorgeous! But I've been using this for my Pomeranian for a little over a month and the strap that holds the buckle seems to be ripping from the mesh -- probably because of the strength of the velcro. So if you get this harness, open the velcro by pulling on the velcro, not by pulling on the buckle/straps. I know this probably seems like an unfair criticism, but I've been using a similarly-designed harness (the Voyager All-Season Pet harness) that also has velcro, and that harness is still completely intact after several years.
Posted On 04/28/17 by SOphie from ,
Yes, SOphie recommends this product!
Adorable harness but I recommend going up a size.
Just what I was looking for!
Posted On 04/18/17 by Paula C from Briarcliff Manor, NY
Yes, Paula C recommends this product!
I am in the process of gathering items for my new puppy Westie that was born on 3/25. So it's not been used yet, but love the look, color, etc. I can't wait to use it on her!.
Posted On 04/17/17 by Lara G from Sewickley, PA
Yes, Lara G recommends this product!
Super Great harness - will probably order another in a size small as this one was a little big but will work when she wears a coat. Like the simplicity, love the color! Definitely ordering more!!
Posted On 04/15/17 by margaret c from Toms River, NJ
The fit was terrible. My yorkie will not wear it. The vest is beautiful but the fit is bad. Correct size just made wrong.
Posted On 04/09/17 by Beatrice Chapple from Sauquoit, NY
Yes, Beatrice Chapple recommends this product!
love the colors and fit great. Love it
Posted On 04/05/17 by Lisa R from Springfield, MO
Yes, Lisa R recommends this product!
LOVE the Ombré harness!!! It looks so cute on my little yorkie!!! My yorkie isn't too thrilled with the sound of the Velcro when I take it off after our walk, but she'll get used to it.
Choke Free Harness
Posted On 03/31/17 by Gail G from rosedale, MD
Yes, Gail G recommends this product!
I didn't know there was a choke free harness. This harness is great, made very well and the colors are so cute. I have a Yorkie and I got a Med. She is about 9 lb It is a little big but works. I will buy from BaxterBoo again.
Just what was needed
Posted On 03/26/17 by Lisa B from Rustburg, VA
Yes, Lisa B recommends this product!
I have a lab/pit mix puppy - 23 lbs, I got her an extra large and it's perfect. May be ordering more for my other 3 pups.
Adorable but run small
Posted On 03/22/17 by Bri from Greenwood, MO
Yes, Bri recommends this product!
So pretty in person. Our Bostons love them! Lots of compliments at the dog park! These do run small, we had to exchange one for a larger size, but otherwise no complaints.
Posted On 03/19/17 by Ginny B from Titusville , FL
Yes, Ginny B recommends this product!
I am very pleased with this harness. The quality of this product is excellent. I will definitely recommend this product and company. I look forward to many more purchases.
Posted On 03/18/17 by Frankie W from Sedona, AZ
Yes, Frankie W recommends this product!
I received this harness and love it....however by mistake I ordered the wrong size for my little girl and it is too big. I have sent it back and ordered the xsmall . I am sure when I receive the smaller size it will be just fine.
Posted On 03/11/17 by Pat from ,
Yes, Pat recommends this product!
This a great harness and very cute. Fits well and the sizing was correct.
Posted On 03/09/17 by Kristin L from Ft. Myers, FL
Yes, Kristin L recommends this product!
Awesome harness! So easy to use and my girl looks so pretty in it!! Will be buying another!
Posted On 03/01/17 by Evie K from Lancaster, PA
Yes, Evie K recommends this product!
I love love love these harnesses. My yorkies do not choke anymore when they pull on the leash. These are the first ones I found that do what they say they will do - not choke my dogs. I recommend this highly. Make sure you read the tag on it to see the proper way of securing it on your dog.
American River Choke Free Dog Harness
Posted On 02/27/17 by Margie M from North Augusta, SC
Yes, Margie M recommends this product!
I am very pleased with the harness. It is high quality and everything it advertises it to be. It is great to have a choke free harness.
The best harness!
Posted On 02/26/17 by Traci W from , NE
Yes, Traci W recommends this product!
We love this harness. All of our dogs have them. It's so easy to put on and get going. We love that this harness is safe for our dogs trachea. They are beautiful and nicely made!
Posted On 02/01/17 by Sharon K B from DAVIS, CA
Yes, Sharon K B recommends this product!
My dog is so cute in this ombre sundae
Choke Free Harness
Posted On 01/23/17 by Christine L from Cornville, AZ
Yes, Christine L recommends this product!
This is a really nice harness. Sizes are accurate. My new rescue dog doesn't seem to mind it at all. Now I have to order two more for the other fur babies! Love the variety of colors too! Top quality!
Posted On 01/13/17 by MJ from ,
Yes, MJ recommends this product!
I have many of the "Raspberry and Orange" colored harnesses since I bought one in every size as my puppy was growing. I received so many compliments on her harness that I just had to get one in another color!
Posted On 12/11/16 by Susan C from Braintree, MA
Yes, Susan C recommends this product!
Love this harness. Made well. Fit is comfortable and easy to get on and out of.
Love this harness
Posted On 11/25/16 by Christina A from Kansas City, MO
Yes, Christina A recommends this product!
My Shorkie wears this every day. It's very comfortable for her to wear. She will even sleep in it. If it gets a bit dirty, I just wash it with Dawn dish soap by hand and let it air dry. Very easy to clean. I love these colors and purple is my favorite color.
Posted On 10/06/16 by Danni S from Clarinda, IA
Yes, Danni S recommends this product!
Love the color and how easy it is to put on. I have a 3 month old Yorkie, so I ordered the XXS, she has room to grow. IF she outgrows this one, I will definitely order another a size up!
Posted On 09/13/16 by Alexis C from , TX
Yes, Alexis C recommends this product!
An Excellent product. I've ordered 3 from you guys but on this one I particularly love the way the colors are done besides the fact that her old one was wearing out. I ordered a new harness because of the new colors.
Posted On 09/12/16 by Karyn B from Beachwood, NJ
Yes, Karyn B recommends this product!
This is a nice harness. It does run a bit big. The colors are great.
Posted On 09/07/16 by TM from , TN
Yes, TM recommends this product!
Love the color choices and sizes for this harness!!!
Great harness..easy quick transaction!
Posted On 08/16/16 by Michelle H from Warwick, RI
Yes, Michelle H recommends this product!
Wonderful harness for my 5 month old shih tzu..easy step in and velcro to make it easy to find a comfy fit....double loop and fastener makes her nice and secure..lighting fast shipping! Great harness..easy quick transaction!
Posted On 07/25/16 by Christina Anderson from Kansas City, MO
Yes, Christina Anderson recommends this product!
I got this harness in a small for my 7 month old puppy. It is a bit big on her but I feel she would be to big for the XS. The only thing I don't like is the 2 D rings hit against each other when she runs fast. Overall it's a great product and I love the color.
Great harness and great looking to boot! M
Posted On 07/20/16 by Lori K from Orlando , FL
Yes, Lori K recommends this product!
My pups aren't leash trained yet, so I got this harness and hoped for the best. It worked wonderfully! No choking, no wriggling out, and the design was gorgeous! Love it!! I'm here buying another on for my daughter's dog.
Posted On 07/20/16 by KG from ,
Yes, KG recommends this product!
The harness was mailed promptly. Ordered the wrong size
Posted On 07/13/16 by Onesa B from Brooklyn, NY
Yes, Onesa B recommends this product!
I love the harness. Love the ombre color - the xs fit my four month old Havanese perfectly (around 5 lbs) and there is still room for when she grows.
Posted On 06/26/16 by Nicole D from Neptune beach, FL
Yes, Nicole D recommends this product!
This harness is super cute and durable. The Velcro allows for a perfect fit. Our dog is 45lbs with a thick neck and the XXL fits perfect.
Bright and cool
Posted On 06/08/16 by Karen M from ,
Yes, Karen M recommends this product!
Love this vest, easy on and easy off. It is bright colors, and breathable . I bought the Medium, fits a little snug, but the large would have been way too big.
American River Choke Free Harness
Posted On 05/19/16 by Karen Belknap from Bakersfield, CA
Yes, Karen Belknap recommends this product!
I have a 7 month old Chiweenie and had used a puppia harness in two different sizes, but she was still choking and gagging. This harness that I got for her is brilliant..it fits perfectly and on her walk absolutely no choking,love that it is a step in too. I am very impressed with Baxter Boo and there quick delivery and awesome product.
Posted On 04/23/16 by Stacy B from Lakeville,
Yes, Stacy B recommends this product!
I love this cute harness, only thing I would have liked was smaller buckles.
Posted On 03/04/16 by ROSEMARY R from , IL
Yes, ROSEMARY R recommends this product!
Very nice well made harness.
Posted On 02/28/16 by Teri D from Ketchikan, AK
Yes, Teri D recommends this product!
Whenever I receive something from Baxter Boo, my dogs and I just love it! Clothes always look great on them
Best of Comfort, Style and Safety
Posted On 02/03/16 by Sondra K from Celina, OH
Yes, Sondra K recommends this product!
I am extremely pleased with Sophie's new choke-free dog collar harness! It is extremely rugged and well made, with an overly ample amount of velcro for the closing, nice big sturdy snaps, and good quality thick rings. Not only am I reassured that my precious little Yorkie is safe, but also looking fashionably cute in the raspberry sundae ombré, made of quality washable, comfortable, fabric that lets air move through it! LOVE IT! Thank you Baxterboo!
American River harness
Posted On 12/07/15 by Phyllis W from Philadelphia, PA
Yes, Phyllis W recommends this product!
Very pretty harness and looks so good on my little girl. Looking forward to getting more colors
Posted On 11/26/15 by Juli M from Lauderhill, FL
Yes, Juli M recommends this product!
Awesome! Misty loves her new harness
It fits! And so cute!
Posted On 08/30/15 by CQ from Oakland, CA
Yes, CQ recommends this product!
Finally! A body harness that fits my little eight-pound Shih Tzu! I've spent a good amount of money on numerous others that were either too small altogether or too loose around the arms/chest. The strap kind has been the best fit, although not ideal because the T-straps at the chest are still too big and I don't think she's very comfortable.
I love this harness because it uses velcro! I oscillate between long and super short hairstyles for my pup, so the flexibility of the velcro feature works great!
AMERICAN RIVER CHOKE-FREE DOG HARNESS - RASPBERRY SUNDAE
Posted On 06/29/15 by Anna K from , NJ
Yes, Anna K recommends this product!
This harness is so cute. It was a bit tight and returned it but ordered the small. My yorkie can't wait to wear it when the new one comes is. It's breathable and just love the colors.
Posted On 06/23/15 by Debbie K from Marietta, GA
Yes, Debbie K recommends this product!
Love the color & security of this harness. It doesn't let them pull on their trachs...
Posted On 06/11/15 by Terri J from Lakewood, CO
Yes, Terri J recommends this product!
Love these harnesses! They have great color to them! I was bummed they didn't fit our dog. Broad chest, small neck. Great customer service!
Posted On 05/31/15 by Alexandra K from Virginia Beach, VA
Yes, Alexandra K recommends this product!
The harness is just as pictured. I love the colors and it's very well made.
Posted On 05/29/15 by KELLY K from Little ferry, NJ
Yes, KELLY K recommends this product!
I love it! Fits perfect. Got the extra sm when I first got my pup and still fit but I feel she needed a little more rm and it fits perfect. We love it!
Posted On 04/22/15 by Debra B from New York, NY
Yes, Debra B recommends this product!
Hi, This harness is so pretty, and so easy to put on my puppy.
American River Choke-Free Dog Harness
Posted On 04/21/15 by Tammy S from Manistee, MI
Yes, Tammy S recommends this product!
Very nice harnesses and a lot of different colors. Never disappointed in Baxter Boo.
My shin-malts look so cute
Posted On 03/31/15 by Maxine G from Boynton Beach, FL
Yes, Maxine G recommends this product!
When we take them for walks, everyone loves their harnesses! Comfortable and true to size.
Posted On 03/29/15 by Kristal O from Thousand Oaks, CA
Yes, Kristal O recommends this product!
I simply had to add this to my Sophie's collection it is so cute!!
Jule's Testimonal (Via Email)
BaxterBoo seems to sell quality merchandise. Very helpful with my return which was my mistake with measurements/sizing. Reordering and using my gift certificate was easy. The style selection is fabulous. So far, a really great experience!