FIRST, A LITTLE PRIMER ON SIZING:
"My dog usually wears a large", you say. But the problem is that while one brand's Large is fit4apug, another is fit4ahorse! Don't worry, though. I've found a way to remedy this and it's nearly foolproof. It begins with getting current, accurate measurements of your dog. Please take a moment to check out the instructions, diagram and video below, to familiarize yourself with where and how to measure. Once you've got those numbers, write them down for future use! On each product's page, you'll find measurement ranges for each size I carry listed in the tab labelled "Sizing Information". SO EASY!
Considering buying several different sweaters and jackets? Be sure to check the sizing information for every garment. Each brand has its own sizing chart and sometimes, size charts within brands will vary, depending on the type of apparel. I've posted measurements for every size of every garment or accessory I carry, though, so I've taken out all the guesswork!
OK! let's begin by measuring animals. To get the best fit and eliminate the need for returns, always refer to these instructions because the measurements listed were all taken using these guidelines. This is very specific to fit4apit.com, so when purchasing on this website, please do not use measuring instructions from other stores or articles.
1. Use a fabric or paper measuring tape--no metal construction tapes (the noise may scare your dog and the reading won't be accurate!) If you don't have a fabric or paper tape measure, please save and print our handy dandy PRINTABLE TAPE MEASURE! (be sure to choose landscape format when printing)
2. First, we measure LENGTH. With your dog standing, place one end of the tape at the base of the back of the neck (imagine where a loose collar would rest), run the tape straight along the spine and take the measurement right before the tail begins (many dogs have a wide indentation there).
3. Now for the NECK measurement. Wrap the tape measure around the widest part of your dog's neck--the base. (Imagine where a loose collar would rest)
4. And finally, GIRTH, or ribcage measurement. Keep your dog in standing position. This is the most important measurement for our deep-chested dogs! Looking at your from the side, locate the widest part of the ribcage and wrap your measuring tape around it, keeping the tape measure flat against the body. but not tight.
(Adorable photo courtesy of Gold Paw Series)
Measuring head size for hats or snoods:
Using a cloth or paper tape measure, wrap the tape around the meatiest part of your dog's head. For snoods, also take a measurement at the base of the neck
Measuring for dog socks:
Start out with your dog standing on blank sheet of paper, on a hard, flat surface. Make sure your dog is bearing weight on the paw while you measure. For width, make 2 marks on the paper: one at the outside edge and one at the inside edge of the widest part of your dog's paw. For length, mark where your dog's longest toenail ends and another mark at the very back of the largest paw pad. Measure distance between your width marks and length marks.
Still confused? If it turns out your dog is in between sizes or you just aren't sure, I'm here to help! I know everything about each garment and in some cases, may recommend going up or down a size. I also know which items have the most stretch and which ones are the most adjustable. Email me at email@example.com. If you end up needing a different size, please visit the RETURNS page for instructions and return address.