How To Put On A Dog Harness

 Walking is a fun activity both for the dog owner and the pet. Walking would be a good opportunity for master and pet to bond, to keep fit and to meet the social needs. The master will meet people as dogs can be real magnets for dog lovers. A dog that is regularly walked will have a chance to socialize with other dogs.

Walking the dog though can be a stressful activity for the dog and more so for the dog owner. Not all dogs would walk calmly by the owner and one that pulls the leash can have injuries. Dogs have the inclination to wander and one that has slipped from the collar would be very difficult to recall. If you have similar concerns in walking your dog a harness would be a better alternative to a collar? By using a harness the pressure will be distributed evenly on the dog’s body thus even if the dog pulls on the leash neck injuries can be prevented.

A harness would be a better alternative to collars for dogs that have the inclination to pull on the leash. Harnesses would be more suitable for dog breeds with delicate necks and small heads. However, a harness would not be as easy as a collar to put on especially if the dog is not cooperative. So how would you put on a harness on your dog?

The method is really simple but of course you need to entice the dog to cooperate. Putting the harness on the dog would be made easier if you use treats or lots of praise so that wearing the harness will have a positive association on the dog. Let the dog stand with the rear end between your legs.

With this position you can easily restrain the dog if it tries to slip away while leaving the hands free to put on the harness. Slide the neck loop of the harness over the dog’s head. Make sure that the loop is well fitted. You should be able to insert two fingers in the neck loop. Lift one leg and insert the foot to the opening on one side of the breast plate. Repeat the procedure on the other leg. Ensure that the breast plate is correctly positioned between the legs. Pull the belly bands together and snap the buckle. Check if the harness is fitted correctly and make sure that the pet is comfortable.

More information on how to put on a dog harness and first aid for dogs can be found at Sarah’s Dogs.

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