Best Harness for Dogs | Best Harness for Huskies and Working Dogs

Memphis! There’s some
measuring tape in front of you? Want to tell everybody
what we’re doing today? Yeah? Today… Shelby’s like, “No! I know”
“what’s going on! I’m out!” We are going to show you guys, not only the
harnesses that we use, but how to properly measure your dog to wear and get fitted with the harnesses,
so you can order one online on your own. Before we get too far into this, there is a link down in the video description below
with a coupon code for You can get a discount on your harness.
Also will let you guys know, the harnesses can take up to six (6) weeks
to come, because it’s peak season. They can actually take six (6) to ten (10)
weeks, but normally won’t take that long. If you are planning on getting one, you definitively
want to get one (1) ordered. Today, we’re going to show you how to measure
a cross back harness. which is the harnesses that we use for the dogs
when sledding and the urban trail harnesses. These are the harnesses that you guys see
in pretty much all our adventure videos. Any of our hiking videos,
these are the harnesses that you guys see. That’s the harness we use to walk the dogs. Pretty much, this is the everyday use harness. Memphis is like, “Hey! Does this means”
“we’re going somewhere?” Before you want to get started, you are going to need
a tape measure like this. One long and bendable tape measure.
You are going to need a piece of paper and something to write with it,
so you can keep track of measurements. If you don’t want to get them confused. Another good thing to have, is a second person.
(laughter) It is much easier to measure a dog for harness,
if you have two (2) people. One person that keeps the dogs distracted
and the other person will do measurements. The first harness we are going to measure for,
is the urban trail harness. As I said, this is pretty much our
‘All the time use harness.’ Shelby is like, “Forget it! I’m out!”
(laughter) – You’ll see her over there?
She knows is a harness… You don’t want the harness on?
– “Nope!” (laughter) The first thing we’re going to do,
is… to measure the neck. You’ll actually need this measurement
for both harnesses. What we need to do is to, measure from the top
of the breast bone, in the front of the dog. To the point of the withers at the base of the neck.
We’re only measuring for the one side. Then, we’re going to double it
to get our full measurements. I’m coming over here and to make sure,
the dog is squared and treats will definitively help. – Head up and a little loose, right between
the withers is about fourteen (14). Alright! Then, you will double that number. Remember! When you are doing this,
don’t pull the tape super tight. You want to make sure is semi-loosen as you
are doing it. Would you like another cookie? You are getting lots of cookies for this process. Alright! Now that we have Shelby’s attention, we are going
to measure for the number two (2) measurement. Which is the mid rib. We are going to measure
from the top of her breast bone, down between her front legs,
to the mid point of her rib cage. Which is kind of the belly of the dog,
where the sternum ends. Basically, were measuring
the length of the dog’s sternum. Shelby’s like, “No! Were not!”
(laughter) This is why, is easier with two (2) people. – We’re going from the middle, underneath.
– Yep! – To the middle of her belly underneath.
– From her breastbone to her sternum. – Okay! – Let me come and help you! Shelby is like, “Are you putting a harness on me?” Okay… – I’ll say that’s the length of her ribs. – You kind of want to make sure that their bodies
are squared, so I’m holding Shelby’s head up. – So the tape, as you see my hand right here.
We’re going to stop it just in front, of her front legs. – I’ll bring this over here, so you can see it. Breast bone
and then, under here is the base of the sternum. – Right under her ribs.
– We’re going to get that measurement. – I think, I got it!
– You are so good! – I think, you are pretty squared. Looks like 14 again.
– Alright! The next part that we’re going to measure,
is the mid section. We are going to measure the widest
part of the center body, of Shelby. – Which is going to be pretty much,
right behind her back legs. Her front, right behind her back, right there. – Right here.
– Behind her front legs – Hi Shelby!
– That’s a pretty wide section and we’re going to see how many different ones… I got thirty two (32).
Let’s see, if I can get… – You don’t want to pull out the tape too tight.
Make sure it’s semi loose. – That’s about 32. I would say, 32
is the biggest, right there. (kiss)
That’s 32 right there! – Alright! I think, we have all the measurements.
– That’s the Urban Harness. – Once you get the Urban Trail Harness,
they will kind of, look like this. Shelby is sporting her Urban Trail Harness.
You can see this one, like we said is adjustable. You always want to make sure, there’s a little space.
You don’t want to make the harness too tight when you put it on.
Fit the finger or two, underneath there. I bought the ones with the reflectors on,
because we walk the dogs at night. I also wanted to point out, I do get the 3D rings. Why do, I do this? When I bike with the dogs,
I use these and depending on what side they’re on because I use a springer, when I bike with them.
If I bike with the dogs in front of me, I use this. I also use this when I’m walking the dogs.
You don’t necesarily have to get all 3D rings. I do like having the option. Since it’s not something
you want to wish to had… I would just get it. You look pretty cute! – If you have a springer, would be ideal to get the 3D.
– Yeah! If at any point, the dogs want to pull to your side you want to get the side D rings as well. Next, we are going to show you guys,
how to measure for a Cross Back Harness. This is the harness that we use when going
dog sledding with them. Jamie is holding Memphis harness, right now. Shelby’s more interested in Memphis’es harness,
than of her own! We’re showing you how to properly measure
for a Cross Back Harness. Basically, we want to do a lot of the same things
we did when measuring the other harness. Make sure, your dog stands in straight level
and use the measuring tape, but don’t pull it too tight. There’s different points that
we need to measure for this harness. The points we are going to need for this one,
are the neck, the last rib and then, the length. Like I said, we want to make sure,
write those down to make it a little easier. The first thing we’re going to do is measure the neck.
Actually, we already measured her neck, in the other part of this video. Is exactly
the same. Measure the neck and double the number. Just like we did in the beginning part of this video.
Now, we’re showing you guys how to measure for the ‘Last Rib’ which is actually
point A to point C. We’re going to measure from the top of the
breast bone, down between the front legs, up the side of the dog diagonally,
towards the base of the tail. Take the measurement, just behild the last rib.
That’s what we’re going to do now. She’s like, “Oh! Cookies?” “I like cookies!” So, we got to get the breast bone
and Jamie’s going to find it first. Then, all the way back and you come up like
you are going towards her tail. To the last rib. That’s going to angle out. – Her last rib is actually way back here. It comes curved, so you don’t want to stop right here,
at the last rib. You want to stop here, at the last rib. As you rub the belly, you can feel
the ribs starting. Go straight down from there. – You like to pull up here, a little. – Oh yeah! Up on at the rib. – Make sure you are measuring at the rib.
– Because it is going up and around. – Yep! What’s that one.
– I get seventeen (17). – Okay. – Seventeen!
– Seventeen. Alright, write that down. The last thing we are going to measure is,
the measurement number three (3). Is called ‘The length’ on the web site. Is point C
to point D. We’re holding the tape at the last rib. Continue along the same line as we did
when we measured for the last rib. We are going to go from the last rib,
to the base of the tail. You got to be really careful that you
don’t measure this, too long. Because the harness will come down
over the hips and restrict their movements. (laughter) We need more cookies!
Shelby’s figured it out. She’s like “Cookies! Then, I’ll do this!”
“No cookies? Not doing it!” “Cookies?”
– Tricked you! (laughter) – We need one more measurement!
– Come Shelby! We’re going to go from the same
rib, right there… Hold it! You got to stand normal. – Let’s bring her this way. She won’t get scared… – Pretty much… Thanks for holding her! the base of her tail…
– Yep! – I would say that is ten (10) and they said,
“Don’t make it too long.” – If you make it too long, the harness
will pull down on the rear end. – Because it’s going to point from right here. That’s what
we’re trying to figure out as, where the pull is gonna be. If it’s way out here, is going to come way down
and is going to push her butt down. You want to make sure that it ends right,
at the base of the tail. I would actually say that’s probably
and to be loose, will go ten (10). – The other thing you guys, we didn’t do this on video
because we already done this before. Measured twice. – Yeah! – Do the whole thing and let the dog relax
for a few minutes. Then, do it again. That way you are getting a better measurement. This is what we did as we measured Shelby. We made
sure to write what we needed in measurements. When I order from the web site, we have all the information we need. Memphis is wearing her cross back harness. From the measurements, you can see the neck
measurements. You can fit your fingers in there. You don’t want it to be super tight. Here’s what we have to come up in measuring
to the base of her ribs and then, here was the length. You want to make sure that when this is hooked to the sled, is not pulling down and restricting their hips. Memphis has been properly fitted for a cross back harness. Come on Memphis! Hike! Hike! Hike! Wanna go “Hike, Hike, Hike?” She’s like,
“I”m a puppy model! Can I just be a puppy model?” Sure, you can be puppy model as well. Don’t think Miss Oakley is left out, she has
harnesses as well. That’s her urban trail harness. This is her’s sled harness.
It is brown, but is not blue. This is Oakley’s harness. You guys may had noted that
unlike Memphis’es green and Shelby’s purple harness, Oakley’s is brown and black. The reason behind this, is that I actually ordered
Oakley’s harnesses as a quick ship harness. The one’s Shelby and Memphis have, are custom fitted.
They also have quick ship harnesses. You can measure the dog and get a harness
pretty close to what you need. We did this for Oakley, when we first got her harness.
Because we needed to get hers because, of winter time. If you want to get one faster, they do offer
a lot of quick ship harnesses. They are limited in color. Or, you can order a fully custom one,
in the color you want. There you go guys!
A video you had been asking for a long time. If you have more questions about how to measure
your dog for harnesses, leave a comment below. I will try to answer as many as I can. You can also reach out to the people at
‘Alpine Outfitters’ when you order your harness. They are super awesome people. Again, as I said… If you’re ordering custom harnesses,
remember that it can take four (4) to six (6) weeks. During peak times, can take six (6) to ten (10) weeks. Normally, it doesn’t take that long, but you may have
to expect it could take that long, during racing season. The girls are like, “We can smell the snow!” Yeah! Again, link to the web site is
down in the video description below, along with a coupon code so you guys, can get a
discount for anything on the site: This is the site where we get our walking belt
which I use as skijoring belt for walking. Also for the collars that
the dogs wear when we are camping. I can do more videos on those
in the future, if you guys want me to. Let me know down in the comments below.
That’s all we have for today If you are new to this channel
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Thanks for subscribing! Stay positive and dream big!
We will see you again soon! Hopefully in the next couple of days, will have more snow and we can go sledding. Shelby may have her stitches out. Alright you guys!
See you later! Bye! Memphis? Go Hike! Hike! Hike! Hike! Let’s go! Let’s go! She’s like, “There’s no sled behind me!”

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100 Responses

  1. Gone to the Snow Dogs says:

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  2. Deborah Ramo says:

    Thats great abd yes do more on harness and types used

  3. emma park says:

    very interesting,well done to u both for both explaining so well and trying to deal with Shelby the diva and memphis thank u

  4. country girl says:

    I love you guys

  5. Hannah Glauber says:

    Can you guys please do a dog sledding tutorial video

  6. Kate Burke says:

    Thanks for the helpful video! All of your dogs are so cute!

  7. Luna The Husky says:

    Memphis you are just so cute

  8. Marlene Platcek says:

    Thank you for sharing

  9. Luna The Husky says:

    And you need a dog

  10. specialpaul says:

    Thanks and nice – but maybe this harness looks little bit dump at a Great Dane mhh

  11. Aurora The Husky says:

    I just wanted to say, I have had very good experience with Alpine Outfitters! Especially last year when we ordered a ready to go urban trail harness the rescue didn't work out, got a different take in and they were more than happy to do a trade to get a better fit harness for the new dog (you do have a time limit you can do a trade though)! Responded quickly and got it sent back to us super fast, very happy with their customer service!

  12. Luna The Husky says:

    You should do a video of you walking your dogs

  13. Luna The Husky says:

    At night

  14. BB 8 says:

    Shelby is such a good sport

  15. Lukas and Benny my dogs!! says:

    Aww there so sweet

  16. Lps breeze paws says:

    Your an amazing youtuber and and your SOOO funny I love u and the dogs

  17. Lindsay Hayward says:

    Awesome video as always. Memphis looks good in her new harness

  18. Lilly Walsh says:

    Beautiful dogs

  19. Ida Waterwave says:

    So… Three people are saying they are first

  20. masqarii says:

    Why are they so fluffy what do you feed them??? What shampoo do they useeeee

  21. Patricia Gelenaw says:

    How do you know when you've been watching too much GTTSD (and all other chanells sdv cooking w the sd's 😝😀), when you greet everyone you know (2 legged and 4 legged😀) with " GOOD WONDERFUL BEAUTIFUL MORNING"!!!!! Yep, that's me!!!😝😝😝😝😄😄😄😄

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  23. Crystal The Animal Lover says:

    So cool thanks for sharing how to measure harnesses they are all adorable 😊

  24. Spenser Dickson says:

    Can you make more treats video

  25. Spenser Dickson says:

    Can you please make treat video s

  26. Madisson Bandura says:


  27. Clive Godfrey says:

    Thanks you for This

  28. Anonymous Person says:

    "What Are My Humans Doing to Me?" : The Video
    Shelby's such a good sport, though.

  29. Emily's Life says:

    I have been subscribed sense 2014 and I have been watching sense 2013 and I'm only 12. This was the first youtube channel I have ever watched. I love huskies!!

  30. cheng chin lam says:


  31. Lexi Burdon says:

    Why am I here I don’t even have a dog lol. But I just love da puppies

  32. sim haslam says:

    really informative, top job subscriber well earned

  33. Guti Fam says:

    I love your vids

  34. Jimin's Mochi says:

    I’m getting a husky on Saturday so this is rly helpful ☺️

  35. Jumping with Camel says:

    Shelby is shedding like crazy.

  36. Gracie Yates says:

    Love you all so much. I have been watching both channels for 4 years. How's Shelby doing!

  37. Trisha Toby says:

    Funny how Shelby disappeared when she saw the harnesses initially, but then was compliant when you started taking her measurements

  38. Rhaymond Munsayac says:

    If you got Shiloh one of those LED collars what color would it be?

  39. echo says:

    What harness would you recommend for a small (20 lbs) dog for skijoring? I have a walking/hiking harness for him, but I'd like to condition him between heeling (leash on collar), walking or hiking (leash on harness), and skijoring/pulling (towline on harness).

  40. TheHalfieFTW says:

    My husky has eaten four harnesses already lol

  41. Karen Roberton says:

    Shelby one look at the harness & she is out of there. That little peak around the corner so cute.

  42. Amelia Black says:

    I needed this video about 2 months ago. I just took my dogs across the country to hike in the snowy mountains of Colorado. My poor dog was pulling us up the mountain with his regular neck collar, but i wished he had a harness. I did get one of those belted leashes though 😁

  43. TheLoveWithYing says:

    Shelby is so smart

  44. KittySketchOut Kitty Life! says:

    Your the best youtuber Shelby Oakley and Memphis are sooo cute fluffy and adorable 🐺

  45. 3rd Eye Rioichi says:

    Not only was this video informative, but it was making me laugh cause of Shelby not wanting to be measured. I’m kinda surprised you didn’t use Memphis. I know Oakley wouldn’t like being held still as we’ve seen in the past. Best part was around 8:35 when you two had to get Shelby back in frame. Crazy Diva Dog

  46. Mo Rungjang says:


  47. Songal18 says:

    I LOVE that Shelby peek from the corner then pull a direct "nope" around XD

    Thank you guys for making this video too

  48. Keith Bates says:

    Hi guys thanks for the harness measurements. We did not know that. We have harness too like yours from PetCo, but no measurements. In fact Charlie was walked last week with his harness. Thanks guys Joan and Keith Bates

  49. samajula says:

    I have orderes so many custom made harnesses. All of them fit incorrectly. Ive followed the measurements. I have remeasured more times than i can count and they still come to me wrong.
    So now im never getting another Xback again. Taiga, DC and Nonstop are the way to go. The dogs prefer running in those anyways

  50. Afrah A says:

    Shelby is square😄

  51. Afrah A says:

    Oakley should now have her own fully customized cross-back harness😇

  52. Nikki Ackerman says:

    Thanks for this video! I happen to need a new, less complicated harness for Sirius. 😁

  53. Greesama17 Huskies says:

    Can the urban trail harnesss be used as a fun full harness?

  54. PinkOddish says:

    Its kinda funny how Shelby was increasingly exasperated as it went on. She kinda had a "I'll tolerate it for scratches and treats and cuddles" look sometimes too.

  55. Pony Draws says:

    Maybe can you try making a "How to sled" video because I want to know how to do it. Thanks for the video!!

  56. Damsel and Angel says:

    Thanks for informing us. Very informative.

  57. Life of Shane says:

    I'm guessing they dont ship it to the uk?

  58. ava hyatt says:

    Awesome vid I sub!

  59. Remy, Lily and their Mommy says:

    Shelby says why do I have to be the model for this lol

  60. Brianna Young says:

    Omg I love you guys – I've been watching this channel for years!! I've dreamt of having a husky and watching your videos gave me that fix, but now almost 21 years old I finally got my dream husky! She's three months old, gorgeous blue eyes and her name is Odessa.

  61. Kristi Gray says:

    Can they fit shepard pups?lol

  62. jewl 721 says:

    Shelby is the best model of these. She just to dramatic. Xoxox

  63. PAUL Kessel says:

    well I'm late… but your dergs are the cutest puppys ever (besides min bc shes the cutest puppy in the entire universe ) and also a derg is a dog

  64. Leena Sregneva says:

    This was super helpful! Thank you!

  65. Brianna says:

    Have you guys ever used car harnesses for the girls

  66. lil Psycho says:

    What did the librarian tell the customers to do?

    Read more

  67. Anna Arthur says:

    You should do edible toys for dogs and play with them

  68. barcode says:

    Damn just started watching and seen that the first video I watched was in 2012 and now 2018

  69. Eclipse the Brave says:

    High key her voice is calming I’m very picky on voices if a voice annoys me I’m out lol

  70. Kassidy Henderson says:

    Haw much are they i love you and your dog's

  71. Helen Cortez says:

    You guys are so lucky because I have a tiny dog I wanted a big dog 🙁

  72. Joanna Jarriel says:

    This is hilarious. When my husky sees his harness, he LOOSES his mind. I love how Shelby takes off. Lol.

  73. Milo The leopard gecko & Friends says:

    I love u so much snow dogs and I love ur dogs soooooooooooooooo much

  74. Heather Cunanan says:

    Hi GTTSD! Please bring back Fan Friday and also the old theme especially the theme song. I really miss it, even the intro. My dad loves singing your theme song every time I watch your vids but noticed it's gone. Please put those back! Ty!😇

  75. Jose Lopez says:

    My huske is barle bornd how cute right!!!!!

  76. Crystalx Wolf says:

    I love this channel!!!!! :3

  77. FuturisticPikacu -GamePlay101 says:


  78. Dragoness19 says:

    When you say withers, are you talking about the medial superior corner of the shoulder blade?

  79. Broncos_Fan_96 says:

    Your dogs are so adorable.

  80. xMara GACHAx says:

    Wow your dogs are cute!!!! And i love you!!

  81. Thushara Siv says:

    Shelby is totally thinking "Nuh uh get me out of here. Ok, I'd stay for treats. You humans never learn, where is my dip? Still need to train mummy and daddy to do my bidding properly." 😂

  82. RexTheDog says:

    can you do a video with how we can make dog meals for our dogs??

  83. Jenna loves Guineapigs says:

    Can u do a treat video making tacos for dogs or cake for dogs 🐶

  84. slcrosby15 says:

    What's happens if your dog doesn't like you messing with him like that and it bites you????

  85. TheNewVocal says:

    Good morning from Singapore! Wishing you'd have a beautiful week =)

  86. Hildton McConnell says:

    great video but how do you tell if the harness you have are wright for your new dogs. I had 2 dogs a Alaskan Malamute and a cross quite a few years ago about 20 yr. I now have a Kuvasz and trying to get another Malamute or a couple of Samoyed. My kuvasz dose have a harness for the wagon. Thank you for such a good video.

  87. Greyandgreenfeathers says:

    I feel like the x-back makes for more comfortable and more efficient pulling in basically any scenario. But the benefits to the urban one are in that the dog is secure wether or not actively pulling (aka: in any sport they are attatched to something also human powered) is this true? Or are there scenarios where the h style harness truly makes for an easier carry than the x back?
    I longboard with my dogs, who are not side to side runners and will not back out of the harness. They know that all forward motion will be from them pulling. But they are border collie crosses and I want the easiest harness on their narrow long legged and endurance built bodies. Which harness do you recommend?

  88. ThunderWolf117 says:

    If i only have one dog pulling a small sled should i use the cross back or the urban trail harness style?

  89. Sadie The Cavalier says:

    Can you get one for a 15lb dog??? I want one because my dog pulls me on my skateboard! Please please please reply I want to know soon so I can get one!!!!

  90. I Play 2 Win Truth Seeker says:

    Hello, I need something that my husky can't escape from, do you have any recommendations on which harness a husky can't get out of? Oh yeah he normally backs up to take off any harness that's on him

  91. Ping Zhu says:

    Shelbe is so cute.

  92. Ping Zhu says:

    Look at Shelbe's facial express, She understand everything. And She has her own attitude which is so cute.

  93. Ashley Marie says:

    They have their own channel now 🙂 I ordered my X back harness today & told Claire thank god for your YouTube channel because without your channel I would of never thought of them. Just can’t thank you enough! So thanks!

  94. weird8twiggy says:

    Wow, thank you for posting this and providing the link to that website!! The harnesses on it are cheaper than Amazon and they're customized and padded, wha-wha-whaat?? Oh! and they have that stomach thing you can get that prevents them from slipping the harness off, which is crucial for me as mine likes to do that. I'm super excited, I'll be ordering shortly. 😀 Thank you again!

  95. chris12carp says:

    RIP Big Oak

  96. Dim says:

    Thanks for the video helped me a lot ! Where can I buy these ?

  97. Cassandra Cole says:

    This was helpful. I’m getting a Alaskan Husky this weekend and wanted to get him the best fitting harness for him.

  98. Angela Guillen says:

    Would a large harness for a husky pls reply I'm getting a new dog

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