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American River Step-In Dog Harness - Ultra Choke Free

130 reviews

Make walks more enjoyable and comfortable with our best-selling American River Step-In Dog Harness for dogs 2 to 50 pounds.

  • Step-in style dog harness
  • Easy to put on and take off  
  • Trachea-safe, choke-free design 
  • Sizes for dogs 2 to 50 pounds (see size guide below)
  • Made from soft, comfortable mesh fabric
  • Closes with Velcro tabs and a plastic snap for double safety
  • Choke-free design directs pressure to your doggy’s chest, not the throat 
  • Patented design allows for an excellent fit 

Mesh fabric keeps your doggy comfy and cool.
American River dog harnesses are made from tightly woven mesh polyester to help keep your pup cool on walks. The fabric is lightweight and flexible for added comfort. Zigzag stitching is used for durability. The harness is machine washable.

American River Small Dog Harness

Harness closes with Velcro closures AND a snap.  
This pet harness closes with Velcro tabs and a heavy-duty plastic clip for double protection from your dog escaping. Twin D-rings connect to most standard leashes.

American River Small Dog Harness

Step-in style for easy on and off.
A step-in dog harness means you put the harness on by slipping your pup’s paws through the leg openings on the dog vest harness. This is an excellent choice if your doggy is head-shy and fearful of something being pulled over his or her head. FYI, the leg openings on this harness are large enough for the fluffiest of paws.

Choke-free design.
If your little doggy pulls on the leash, this harness safely directs the pressure to your doggy’s chest, not the throat. It's just one more reason so many people choose this harness. The choke-free design also makes this a good harness for use with car seat belts.

Sized just for small dogs.
We have hard to find XXS small harnesses for 2 to 3-pound dogs and puppies. This harness is a great choice for Yorkies, Chihuahuas, Yorkie-poos, Maltese, Shih Tzus, and other small breed dogs.

Colorful selection.
Choose from Black, Red, Cobalt Blue, Light Blue, Candy Pink, Paisley purple or Hunter Orange.

For added safety in your car, pair the harness with an adjustable seat belt leash


Sizing notes:
Your pup's chest measurement should fall in between the chest measurement of the harness. Most returns are because the harness is too small, so if your dog is on the larger end of a size, it's best to go up to the next size. 

If your dog is right in between sizes, you can order two harnesses and return the one that doesn’t fit for a refund. No problem at all.

XXS Dog Harness
Chest: 9"-11"
(Most Important)
Dogs and Puppies Weighing: 2 - 3 lbs.

    XS Dog Harness
    Chest: 11"-13" (Most Important)
    Dogs and Puppies Weighing: 4 - 6 lbs.
      Small Dog Harness
      Chest: 13"-16" (Most Important)
      Dogs and Puppies Weighing: 6 - 11 lbs.

        Medium Dog Harness
        Chest: 16"-19" (Most Important)
        Dogs and Puppies Weighing: 11 - 16 lbs.

        Large Dog Harness
        Chest: 19"-21" (Most Important)
        Dogs and Puppies Weighing: 16 - 25 lbs.

        X-Large Dog Harness
        Chest: 21"-24" (Most Important)
        Dogs Weighing: 25 - 40 lbs.

        2X-Large Dog Harness
        Chest: 24"-27" (Most Important)
        Dogs Weighing: 40 - 50 lbs.


        Choosing the right size harness for your little dog. 

        Measure. Measure. Measure. 

        Your dog’s chest measurement is more important than weight when it comes to choosing the correct size harness. Think of it like pants for a human. You can’t pick out the right size pants if you only know someone’s weight.   

        Measure all the way around your dog’s chest, right behind the front legs. Your dog’s chest measurement should fall BETWEEN the chest measurements of the harness. 

        Sizing isn’t standard in the pet world. A size small in one dog harness brand isn’t always the same as a small in another harness brand.

        If your dog is right in between sizes, you can order two harnesses and return the one that doesn’t fit for a refund. No problem at all.

        The American River Harness is also available in the following color options:


        What is the return policy for this dog harness?
        Our return policy ensures customer satisfaction. If you are not happy with your American River Step-in dog harness, you have the option to return it within 30 days of the original purchase date. To be eligible for a refund, please ensure that the harness remains unaltered, unwashed, and free of any pet hair or dirt. Send an email to returns@dinkydogclub. Include your name and order number and we'll email you a prepaid return label. 

        If the dog harness doesn't fit, can I exchange it for a different size?
        Absolutely. Send an email to returns@dinkydogclub. Include your name and order number, and the size you would like to exchange for. We'll get the new step-in harness in the mail as soon as we can and we'll email you a prepaid for the dog harness you're exchanging. 

        I love the American River Step-in dog harness. Does it come in other colors or patterns? 
        Yes, it does. This dog harness is available in ombre patterns, camo patterns, and polka dot patterns. Just like humans have multiple pairs of their favorite shoes, your dog can have multiple colors of his or her favorite step-in dog harness. 

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          American River Dog Harness

          My 2 Yorkies love their new harness and so do I!!! It’s easy to put on and take off and looks great!! Thanks Much

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          Karen J.
          United States
          I recommend this product

          Best Harness for our 5lb

          Yes and yes. It is exactly as advertised choke free. It feels super secure when taking Lucy for a walk. A real win win. Thank you

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          I recommend this product


          It seems xxs is a little small yet the xs is a little big. I have one of each now so that when her hair grows I use the XS.

          Rebecca H.
          United States United States
          I recommend this product

          Great for tiny puppies

          I bought this in a size XXS for my toy poodle puppy, who's currently just over 2lbs. He's still almost too small for this, but the velcro closure makes it possible to adjust it until it fits securely. I'm very glad I bought it.

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          James C.
          United States United States
          I recommend this product

          Was great in the past, not now

          I've had 3. I ordered 3 but i accidently ordered wrong size on 1 so actually 2. The first one was wonderful. There is a lot of gap at throat which is perfect uet it fit tight everywhere else. 1st one lasted a long time. The 2nd one however wore the velcro out withing 2 monts. By 3rd month it only was so loose my dog can pull out of it with ease. I wrote.them an email and noone bothered to respond.