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Taking Measurements: A Comprehensive Guide to Fitting Dog Jackets

By Canada Pooch on Oct 17, 2023

At Canada Pooch, we believe that every dog deserves the best when it comes to comfort, style, and protection during chilly weather. That's why we're here with a comprehensive guide to help you fit your dog with the perfect dog parka or dog jacket. Ensuring the right fit is not just about aesthetics – it's essential for your pup’s well-being. So, let's embark on this fitting journey together and ensure that your dog stays warm and stylish this winter. 

Why a Proper Fit Matters for Dog Jackets 

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of measuring and fitting, let's understand why getting the right fit for your dog's jacket is crucial: 

  1. Comfort: A well-fitted jacket ensures your dog's comfort during outdoor adventures. It allows them to move freely and doesn't restrict their natural range of motion.
  2. Warmth: A properly fitting jacket traps warmth close to your dog's body, providing the necessary insulation to keep them cozy in cold weather.
  3. Safety: An ill-fitting jacket can be uncomfortable for your dog and may lead to chafing or irritation. A snug yet comfortable fit is essential to ensure your pup's safety and well-being.
  4. Style: Let's not forget the style factor! A well-fitted dog jacket not only serves its practical purpose but also enhances your dog's fashion game during winter walks.

Measuring Your Dog for a Dog Parka or Dog Jacket 

Now that you understand the importance of a proper fit let's get down to measuring your dog accurately. Here are the key measurements you'll need: 

  1. 1. Chest Circumference: Measure around the widest part of your dog's chest, just behind their front legs. Ensure the tape is comfortably snug and parallel to the ground.
  2. 2. Length: Measure from the base of your dog's neck (right where the collar sits) to the base of their tail. This measurement will determine the length of the jacket and ensure it covers your dogs back adequately.
  3. 3. Weight: While not a measurement per se, knowing your dog's weight can be helpful when selecting the right size, especially if you're shopping for a 2-in-1 such as the Harness Puffer.

Tips for Accurate Measurements 

To ensure the most accurate measurements, keep the following tips in mind: 

  • Use a soft measuring tape: Avoid using a metal or rigid tape measure, as it may not provide accurate measurements and could be uncomfortable for your dog. 
  • Keep your dog relaxed: Measuring can be a bit of an ordeal for some dogs. Try to keep your dog calm and relaxed during the process. Treats and positive reinforcement can help! 
  • Measure twice: Double-check your measurements to ensure accuracy. Even a small error can lead to an ill-fitting jacket. 

Choosing the Right Dog Parka or Dog Jacket Size 

Now that you have your dog's measurements, it's time to find the perfect size in the brand you've chosen. Reference our size charts to find the right size for your pup! 

Here's how to interpret and use a size chart: 

  1. Find your dog's measurements on the chart. 
  1. Select the size that corresponds to your dog's measurements. If your dog falls between sizes or you’re unsure of your pup’s size please reach out to our support team, we are happy to help! 

Trying on the Jacket 

Once you've chosen the right size, it's time to try the dog parka or dog jacket on your pup: 

  1. Gently place the jacket on your dog, starting with their head through the neck opening. 
  1. Carefully secure any closures, such as snaps, buttons, or zippers, ensuring they're fastened snugly but not too tight. 
  1. Check for any signs of discomfort, restriction of movement, or chafing. Your dog should be able to move freely and naturally, and the jacket should not rub against their skin. 
  1. Take your dog for a short walk or let them move around to ensure that the jacket stays in place and doesn't slide or shift during activity. 

Adjusting for Comfort 

If the jacket needs some adjustments, don't worry. Most dog jackets, including those from Canada Pooch, come with adjustable features to ensure a customized fit: 

  • Straps: Many jackets have adjustable straps around the chest and belly. These can be tightened or loosened for a snug fit. 
  • Elastic Cuffs: Jackets with elastic cuffs around the sleeves can be adjusted to accommodate your dog's paw size. 
  • Hood: If the jacket has a hood, make sure it sits comfortably on your dog's head without obstructing their vision or causing discomfort. 

A Perfect Fit for Winter Adventures 

A properly fitting dog jacket is not only a fashion statement but also an essential piece of gear to keep your pup warm, comfortable, and safe during winter. By taking accurate measurements and carefully selecting the right size, you can ensure that your dog is ready to embark on winter adventures in style and with confidence. At Canada Pooch, we take pride in offering a range of dog parkas and dog jackets designed for a perfect fit, so your canine companion can enjoy the winter wonderland to the fullest. 

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