How do you measure for a dog vest?
How do you measure for a dog vest?
You measure the dogs neck, chest and abdomen, and consult the sizing charts put out by the companies that sell them. You can find them online.
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I have the Avery Boaters dog vest, I added a key ring to the zipper pull,to be able to get my finger in the loop . Also reach under your dog stomach ,right in between his thighs ,with a little upword pressure any dog will stand up,makes it easier to zip, then I make sure the key ring is tucked under the velcro to avoid hang-ups on snags while working. If I had one I'd use the survival para cord ,little keychain thingies, gives you plenty to grab,yet would'nt cause a snag issue. I've got a Banded vest on order,interested in seeing how it works, all vest need to be snug to help with warmth and keep help from snagging trees limbs. I also cut the D ring odd of the vests as that looks like a limb hanger.
Or the other way (take these measurement, that are "supposed" to work )order online, from cabela's then send it back and forth 2-3 times to get a size that sort've fits; Still I find shipping things back and forth to be SoOOO Impersonal, thus I prefer the unwrapping in the store way .
Last edited by Hunt'EmUp; 11-26-2013 at 01:41 PM.
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I'd think it'd be hard to order online and have one fit right. My dog for example, had a medium neck, XL chest, and medium stomach so none of them really fit right. Smaller the better i suppose so that the fit is tight enough to provide any warmth - i agree if you are close enough to a retail outlet with an assortment take your dog in and try them on.
My Avery dog vest ripped along the seam next to the zipper. So..... I went to Academy and bought a game winnner and everything was good. I believe it only cost $24, so it saved a little. There are no handles or rings, just a vest. With all this said, I found the zipper a little easier to use. Who knows.
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I have an Averys and a Cabelas. The Avery is a bit of a challenge to zip up, but doable, my problem with it, is it is very short front to back for my dog. Both vest fit nice and snug and while the Cabelas is a bit short, the Avery barely covers either dog's rib cage, well short of their "you-know-what". The Avery is labeled a large while the Cabelas is not labeled. Both of my dogs are medium large males, 72 and 78 pounds.
I don't think the Dokken dog vest has been mentioned yet. I have one of every vest (almost) and by far the dokken 3mm fit my dog the best. It fits tight around the abdomen, neck, and shoulders. The problem is with the zipper. It sucks period. Once zipped it would stay fastened (has Velcro also), but zipping was a pain. But I would still choose it over my Avery ones any day. I read somewhere the the 5mm doesn't really keep the dog warmer (but does offer more protection than the 3mm obviously), but the 3mm can stretch around the contours of the dog, therefore holding in more of the dogs heat. Just my opinion. If it were me I would get the dokken and get a heavy duty zipper sown in.
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