Stan Rawlinson
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How to put on a Dog Harness

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How To Put On A Dog Harness: Harnesses are sometimes useful to protect your dog. Your guide is going to show you the proper way to put on a harness on your dog, and give you some quick tips on remembering the right way to do it.

Hi. My name is Stan Rawlinson. I'm a dog behaviourist and obedience trainer. This is Charlie. He is a rescue dog. And he's going to help me show you today how to put a harness on a dog.

Now, I must first say that I'm not really keen on harnesses and I'm not keen on halters. I'm not keen on anything that puts pressure or pain on a dog to force it not to pull. Because that's the main reason harnesses are put on dogs. It's the same as why halters ir halti's are put on so they put pressure across the nose, they push the nose down to stop the dog pushing forward.

Alternatively, harnesses push the chest in, and underneath here to stop the dog pulling forward. What they don't do is they don't teach the dog not to pull. However, in some cases, these can be very very helpful. Let's imagine for a minute this dog has got a neck problem, a neck injury, where any pull on that would cause a problem. Or spine injury, where anything pulling from the neck downwards would really cause major problems. And you'll have to use a harness.

What I use is something called a jingler, and that just doesn't inhibit the dog. What it does is it actually teaches it to walk and to heel. It's something I devised and developed myself. So the problem with these is they look very very difficult to use. They're all over the place, there are straps and there are varying things.

The easy way to think about it is, I'm looking at it this way. There's a catch. The catch attaches to the lead, to those two rings there. They clearly have to be at the top, because if we put it on the leg then the lead is going to be on the dog's stomach. So if you think about it, the catch has got to go that way so this has to go this way. So what I'm going to do, little Charlie here is going to put his legs through here and that leg through there, and I'm going to just bring it up nice and gently and over the back and click. The lead then attaches on there, and job done.

This is a little bit too big for Charlie. This is for a larger dog. As I said, I very rarely use harnesses. But this is just to show you how to put it on nice and easy. I've also made it a little bit easier and I'm going to show you in a minute how you can make it easier and remember how to put this on. But there it is, job done. Straight away, take it back off again, unclip, just slip it down and over the legs.

Now, easy way of remembering things. So, we know that that has got to go at the top. And if you look at it that way, it always bows out and that's going to go round the chest, that's got to be away. Now, what I've done, craftily, this is what I've prepared earlier, is, right leg, left leg, on the chest, and clip over. So write on it. So you know left leg, right leg, you can't get it upside down. And it's as simple as that. Have it for the harness