How to properly measure your dog for clothes

Never fear, we’ve got a great instructional, how-to, video which helps to properly demonstrate how to measure your dog for clothes.

Materials needed:

  1. Measuring tape
  2. Notepad
  3. Pencil
  4. Brush

Step 1.

Remove the dog’s collar. You don’t want to snag your furry friend’s neck and end up with a choking hazard. Also, keeping the collar on adds a few inches thus reducing exact measurements for clothes and items worn near the head.

Step 2.

Brush down your dog’s fur. This will help you to see your dog’s body shape more clearly and precisely.

Step 3.

Measure your dog’s neck. Not too tight, not too loose. How can you tell? Use the 2-finger test. Press your index and middle finger together and point with these two. Place your fingers on your dog’s neck under the measuring tape. See the image below:

Step 4.

Measure your dog’s chest. Wrap the measuring tape around the barrel of your dog’s torso just behind their front legs. Use the deepest point of your dog’s torso so you can see how tight or loose your clothes need to be. Add 2 inches to this measurement.

Step 5.

Measure your dog’s back. Feel along your dog’s back beginning at the base of the neck between the shoulder blades. This should be centre between your dog’s front legs. Extend the measuring tape to the base of the tail and add 2 inches.

Step 6.

You’re done! Get some cute clothes on your pooch and have fun snapping some photos.


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