Here is how to make sure that the harness is fitting your dog and not chafing it. Following the instructions below will help to resolve these issues right away.

We like to think that Walk Your Dog With Love is sweet on a dog as compared to other harnesses because we don't have all that hard hardware (metal buckles, rings, sliders) and hard folded over and sewn pieces of webbing. Those are the things that usually chafe dogs.

We definitely want your dog walking in a harness because collars and chokers are just not a safe, compassionate or friendly way to be walked. You can see why we say this here. Collars and chokers cause chafing of a different and more dangerous kind!

NOTE: If your dog chafes when it wears anything (our harness, their harness, etc) there is a better solution than going back to a collar. That info is below.

Fitting The Harness
Please take a moment to make sure the harness is a) adjusted correctly and b) put on your doggie correctly. Please watch the video below . . . even if you have seen it before.

Please note the following fine points in the video:
  • It is not a matter of "tight" it is a matter of "right". We feel the best way for it to fit your dog is 'snug'. That means 2-4 fingers can fit under the harness at the shoulder (where the reflective material is). You can see this on the video
  • By loosening the front part, it loosens the harness under the dog's legs, it stops the harness from pulling into the dog's armpits.
  • Please note the 'gap' we mention, that is perfectly normal too. The material, and your dog, are flexible - it is not supposed to fit like skin-tight spandex.
  • Please note the "scooching" for proper fit. This is very important.
  • You also might need to adjust it a few times to get it "just right".

It should fit approximately like it does on Teddy, the blond dog in the photo below

  • As noted in the video, once you find where you like the slidy side, customize it further by "setting" it as described in the video. Now you have a dog harness tailored just for your dog!

Is the harness the right size?
To totally make sure you get the right size, see the girth chart here. Girth is the measurment that goes over your dog's shoulders, right behind the front legs, and back up again. Please remember the harness needs to be a little bigger than your dog's actual girth.

POUND Range Girth Inches KILO Range Girth cm
6-11 11-15 3-5 28-38
9-18 13-20 4-8 33-51
12-23 15-21 5-10 38-53
18-35 16-24 8-16 41-61
25-65 21-32 11-29 53-81
55-120 26-39 25-54 66-99
110-250 34-52 50-113 87-132

Unique Circumstances - Chafing Dog
Sometimes unique circumstances do require unique responses. Does your dog chafe in general with any harness? If so, you might want to consider customizing the harness with a sheath of faux lamb's wool.

It is a simple thing to make after a visit to the local crafts store. Or contact us for more information on where to get one.

Also, please know that Walk Your Dog With Love comes in several different styles of materials that range in softness from The Original, to the softer Sportso to the super soft Fun & Fancy.

If you want to 'upgrade' the style of harness you have, please email us for more info.


Please mail it to:
Walk Your Dog With Love
31 Meadow Lane
Lanesboro, MA 01237

PLEASE INCLUDE THIS INFORMATION INSIDE THE PACKAGE please include - clearly written - your name, address, contact information, email address and for correct sizing, please make sure to tell us the size you want and how much your dog weighs and its age.

TO GET YOUR HARNESS FASTER, you can order it from the site, and then send the first harness back for a refund at your convenience.
If you chose this option, for your refund, please send your harness to the above address and please make sure you tell that you want a refund and where you made the purchase, and that you already ordered the right size. Thanks!

We use regular paper envelopes to send the harnesses, so need for anything more special to send it back.