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Q: Where do a measure my dog's girth?

March 2, 2009 | By Karen K. | 14 answers | Expired: 1956 days ago

Karen K.

I am planning a cross-country move and my dog will be riding in the back seat of my sedan. I want to keep her safe so I do not want to have her loose in the back. A crate big enough for her (40 pound dog) will not fit in my car so I think I need to get a dog seat belt. I found one online, and it is sized by girth. Where do I measure girth? Thanks.

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Annette1117
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Mar 02, 2009

Yep, behind her front legs. I created a dog safety harness for Critter (and now CJ) before I learned about dog seat belts---that would be before I had a computer and learned the joy of online shopping. : ) Really makes a difference to secure your dog, not just protecting during an accident or from interfering with driving, but also to significantly reduce the ability to bolt at rest stops. IMO, better than a crate, because a seat belt provides more opportunity to shift positions, look out the window and otherwise stay comfortable.

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Linda B.
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Mar 02, 2009

looks like you got all the right answers!!!v Best of luck on your move!!!

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Liz R.
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Mar 02, 2009

like everyone else says, bascially its the chest!

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Beth  W.
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Mar 02, 2009

Everyone has given you the right answer. All I can add is good wishes for a safe journey. When we travel, we usually go to the truck section of rest areas as we are usually able to park well away from everyone. That causes less excitement...we have enough with the idea that we stopped. Be prepared to spend a while, there are lots of distracting smells to be investigated before one can pee. Don't forget to make reservations ahead of time so you will have no trouble with finding hotels who take pets. Good Luck.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Mar 02, 2009

The girth is the widest measurement around the chest.

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debbie l.
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Mar 02, 2009

You have the correct answers. Behind the front legs and around the chest. God bless you for being such a caring pet owner.

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Melanie E.
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Mar 02, 2009

If you just measure behind the front legs and measure completely the width of the dog you will measure the girth.

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Mary M.
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Mar 02, 2009

around the largest part of her chest. Get a measuring tape and start at her backbone. Bring the tape down around her chest and back up to where you started. Make sure it's measured around the largest part of her chest.

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rebecca b.
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Mar 02, 2009

Just bbehind the front legs in the widest point of his ribcage is where you should measure. Thanks for caring enough for your pet to make sure he rides safely.

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Ricki W.
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Mar 02, 2009

around the largest part of the chest

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