Perfect Fit: The Custom Fitted Fleece Dog Harness

Updated April 13, 2021

Not long ago I published a survey of top Australian dog trainers about their favourite harnesses.

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One particular harness stood out from the rest: the Perfect Fit®. At the time, I had not heard of it, and it was hard to purchase due to the need for a custom fitting. Then, an existing Adelaide importer asked me if I could start to stock it.

You see, the problem with selling Perfect Fit harnesses is that you need to keep many individual pieces in order to be able to fit it correctly to any dog that comes in. That is very hard unless you have a large storefront.

Well, I thought, life’s not already complicated enough, so why not?

Why A Perfect Fit Harness?

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The Perfect Fit harness is a modular, custom fitted harness unlike any other available in Australia. It:

  • Avoids pressure points, soft tissues and the throat/neck area
  • Gives the dog full range of shoulder movement to run, swim and jump
  • Cannot easily be pulled over the dog’s head if fitted correctly
  • Is covered in thick padded fleece to prevent chafing and slipping
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Additional benefits include:

  • Its modular design allows it to fit virtually any size or shape of dog
  • It does not have to go over the head of anxious dogs
  • It’s great for uniquely shaped dogs like sight hounds, Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Bull Dogs, and giant breeds.
  • There are 2 attachment points front and back
  • It’s machine washable
  • It is probably the best fitting harness for 3-legged dogs
  • Each piece can be purchased individually as they grow without full replacement*

* Generally, from the age of 20 weeks the top piece tends to stay the same but the front and girth will need replacing over the coming months.

Cost Of Perfect Fit Harnesses

The biggest disadvantage of Perfect Fit harnesses is their cost. Here are some guide prices. The exact price will depend on which fittings are used.

  • 15 mm clips: $90
  • 20 mm clips: $95
  • 40 mm clips: $120
small perfect fit harness

We hope that once you see one in action you will see the value of these special harnesses. My experience with my own dog Loki (pictured) is that he’s gone from pulling hard in a poorly fitting harness to walking on a loose lead even when I only use the back attachment. Note, too the freedom in his shoulder as he runs.

Getting The Right Fit

To choose the right combination of pieces for a perfectly custom fitted harness, you will need to bring your dog into the clinic. If you are not an existing client, it’s a good idea to ring ahead to make sure one of our experienced fitters will be available when you arrive.

You can view some of the specialised fitting instructions for Perfect Fit harnesses here. Please note that we only stock a limited range of colours, but special orders can be made with enough notice.

Putting The Harness On

There is no question that the Perfect Fit harness can be very confusing for the beginner. Most dog owners develop their own special way, but here is a good starting guide.

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  1. Connect the Perfect Fit Harness by one clip at the front only, as shown in the diagram
  2. Put the top piece on the dog’s back and clip the Y shaped front piece around the throat area like you’re putting on a collar
  3. The rest of the harness goes between the dog’s front legs and then clips up either side of the chest behind the front legs

If you live in Adelaide, and you want what I believe is the best available dog harness, please get in touch. For residents outside of Adelaide, we apologise that we probably can’t provide an adequate service without a custom fitting. You are welcome to come in with your dog trainer too (a new harness is a great time to start positive dog training!).

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By Andrew Spanner BVSc(Hons) MVetStud, a vet in Adelaide, Australia. Meet his team here.

7 Replies to “Perfect Fit: The Custom Fitted Fleece Dog Harness”

    1. Hi Lynn. I can only suggesting googling it and see who comes up. Hopefully there are local sellers near to you. As a last resort the company does ship worldwide but the harness requires fitting by someone who has done it before for best results.

  1. Hi,
    First up just wanted to say thank you for a wonderful website. I’m in Sydney and would like to get a Perfect Fit harness for our 4 month old Boy Toller (one. We will need to buy bigger parts as he grows). I’ve searched google but there doesn’t seem to be anyone fitting or selling in Sydney. Do you happen to know of any places in Sydney please?
    Many thanks,

    1. Hi Katherine. The place we used to recommend in Sydney has shut down so I’m sorry we don’t know of any. I would recommend emailing the manufacturer Dog Games in the UK and asking if they supply to anyone around you. They are generally quite responsive.

  2. I have a Brittany and pur Facebook page has recommended the Perfect Fit harness…not something I had seen before and I am very interested in this product…even more thrilled to see someone in Adelaide stocking this product. Can you please advise you hours to come to view/fit this harness. I work full time and live south of the city. Thank you. Regards. Marlene & Ledger

    1. Hi Marlene. Our opening hours can be found here. I would suggest you call the clinic first to make sure an experienced nurse is available, as they require experience to be fitted well. Also, it’s worth you looking at the sizing chart that’s linked to this article and checking that we have the suggested sizes in stock if you’re travelling from far away.

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