How to Make a Leather Dog Harness

Do you have a furry friend that loves to go on walks? If so, you may be looking for the perfect harness to keep them safe while they’re out and about. Whether you’re a professional dog trainer or just like to take your four-legged friend on long walks, you’ll need a good dog harness.

How to Make a Leather Dog Harness

They are more comfortable for the dog to wear than a collar, but they also provide better control and can be safer in some situations. This blog post will show you how to make a leather dog harness at home. It’s not as difficult as you might think! Read on for more information!

What Are the Purpose of Leather Dog Harness?

A leather dog harness has many purposes. The most common is to provide better control over the dog while walking or training. They are also often used for dogs that pull on the leash, as they distribute the force more evenly across the body and prevent choking.

Harnesses are also a good option for small dogs that could easily slip out of a collar. In addition, they can be helpful for dogs with neck injuries or arthritis. There are many different types of leather dog harnesses available on the market, so it is important to choose one that is comfortable and fits well. The following steps will show you how to measure your dog and make a simple leather harness that can be adjusted to fit any size dog.

7 Reasons to Have a Leather Dog Harness

1. Provide Better Control:

When you are out on walks or hikes, a harness gives you more control over your dog than a collar does. If your dog is prone to pulling or lunging, a harness will give you a better way to keep them close to you and under control.

Harness Gives More Control Over the Dog

2. Prevent Choking:

Leashes can put a lot of pressure on a dog’s neck, which can cause choking or other injuries. A harness distributes the force more evenly across the chest and body, which is much safer for your dog.

3. Easy to Use:

Harnesses are also much easier to put on and take off than collars, which is especially helpful if you have a squirmy dog. Harness buckles are also typically much easier to clip and unclip than collar closures.

4. Distribute Force More Evenly.

When your dog pulls on a leash, the pressure is evenly distributed across its chest and body with a harness. This is much more comfortable for your dog than having all of the pressure on their neck from a collar, which can cause injuries.

5. Keeps Dogs Close:

If you have a dog that likes to wander, a harness can help keep them close to you. This is especially helpful in crowded areas or hiking in an area with wildlife. The harness belt will also help to keep your dog close if they try to lunge after something.

6. Good for Small Dogs:

Small dogs can easily slip out of collars, but a harness will keep them secure. This is also a good option for toy breeds too small for a standard harness. If the harness is too big, it can be adjusted to fit a smaller dog.

Harness Is Too Big

7. Provides Support:

A harness can provide support for dogs with neck injuries or arthritis and make walks more comfortable. In addition, the Harness will help the dog not put pressure on their neck and spine by evenly distributing the weight around their body.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Leather or heavy fabric
  • 1-inch wide nylon webbing
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Hole punch

Step by Step Guide: How to Make a Leather Dog Harness

Step 1: Measure Your Dog’s Neck and Chest. 

Use a tape measure to find the circumference of your dog’s neck and chest. If the measurement is between two sizes, choose the larger size. You will also need to know the length from your dog’s chest to its back. If you have trouble taking these measurements, ask a friend or family member to help.

Step 2: Cut the Pieces. 

Using a pencil and straight edge, draw two rectangles on the leather or heavy fabric. The first rectangle should be the length from your dog’s chest to its back, and the second should be the circumference of its neck plus two inches. Then, cut out the rectangles with scissors.

Step 3: Punch Holes. 

Using a hole punch or other sharp object, make two holes spaced evenly along the long side of each rectangle. These will be used to thread the leash through. If you want to be extra fancy, you can use a decorative stamp to make designs around the holes. When creating a design, make sure that the holes are not too close to the edge of the leather, or they may tear.

Step 4: Attach D-Ring. 

Thread a D-ring through one of the holes on each rectangle. You may need to use pliers to help get the ring through the hole. Once the ring is through, twist it to face up the opening. This will be where you attach the leash.

Step 5: Connect the Pieces. 

Place the two rectangles on top of each other, lining up the holes. Use rivets to connect the two pieces at each hole. Be sure to use washers on both sides of the leather. This will help keep the rivet in place and prevent it from tearing through the leather.

Step 6: Thread Strap. 

Thread one end of the harness strap through the D-ring on the back piece of the harness. Then, thread the other end of the strap through the D-ring on the front piece. You may need to use pliers to help get the straps through the rings.

Step 7: Adjust Fit. 

To adjust the fit of the harness, simply pull on the straps until it is tight enough for your dog. You can then trim the excess strap if desired. Remember to leave enough slack so that your dog can comfortably move and breathe.

Adjust the Fit of the Harness

Step 8: Attach the Leash. 

Thread the leash through the D-rings and clip it to your dog’s collar. You’re all set! Now you can take your furry friend on adventures with their new leather dog harness. Just be sure to adjust the fit as needed to be comfortable for them to wear.

Harnesses are a great way to keep your dog safe and secure while out on walks or runs. By following these simple steps on how to make a leather dog harness, you can easily make a custom harness that will fit any size dog. With a little time and effort, you’ll be able to create a stylish and functional piece of gear that will help keep your furry friend safe and comfortable on all of your adventures together.

Some Tips To Care for Leather Dog Harness

  1. If the harness gets wet, allow it to air dry. Do not put it in the dryer.
  2. If the harness becomes dirty, spot clean with a damp cloth and mild soap. Avoid getting the leather too wet.
  3. Condition the leather occasionally with a quality leather conditioner to look its best.
  4. If the harness starts to show signs of wear, it is time to replace it. Do not continue to use a worn-out harness as it could break and injure your dog.
  5. Store the harness in a cool, dry place when not in use. Avoid storing it in direct sunlight or near heat sources.
  6. Inspect the harness regularly for signs of wear and tear. If any damage is found, replace the harness immediately.
  7. Always supervise your dog while they are wearing a harness, and remove it when they are not supervised to avoid accidents.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your leather dog harness in good condition for many years. Then, with proper care, it will be a safe and stylish piece of gear that you and your dog can enjoy on all of your adventures together.

How Do You Measure a Dog for a Harness?

To ensure a comfortable and properly fitting harness, you’ll need to take accurate measurements of your dog. For example, you’ll need to measure the circumference of their chest and neck and the length of their back.

1. Chest Measurement:

Place the tape measure just behind your dog’s front legs and wrap it around their chest to keep the tape level. Note the measurement and add 2-4 inches for movement and comfort. This will be the size of the main body piece of the harness.

2. Neck Measurement:

Place the tape measure around your dog’s neck, leaving enough room for comfortable movement and breathability. This will be the size of the neck opening on the harness.

3. Back Length Measurement:

Start at the base of your dog’s neck and measure down their back to where you’d like the harness to sit (typically just behind the front legs). This will be the length of the back strap on the harness.

Now that you have your dog’s measurements, you’re ready to start making their harness!

Start Making Dog Harness


Leather dog harnesses are a great way to provide your pet with extra support and security when out on walks. They make it more comfortable for your furry friend, but they also help you keep them under control. If you’re looking for a new leather dog harness or want to know how to make one yourself, read on for the instructions we have provided in this blog.

There are many different types of leather dog harnesses available, so it’s important to find the right one for your pet. When choosing a harness, be sure to consider the size of your dog and its personality and daily activities. We hope this blog post has helped give you information on how to make a leather dog harness. If you have any questions or want to know more, then feel free to comment below!

Jennifer Branett
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