How To Make A Dog Harness In Stages
The principle of teaching a dog to a collar or a harness or a muzzle is the same. We will describe you the general process. At first, the dog is trained to the collar. The trainer comes up to the dog, calls her name, strokes, shows the collar and gives him a sniff. Stroking a dog, he imperceptibly puts a collar on her and distracts her attention with play and dainty. After 3-5 minutes the collar is removed, and the dog is encouraged by stroking and dainty.
This is done several times, gradually increasing the time the dog is in the collar. At the same time, they carefully watch that the collar is not too tight or too loose (two fingers should be held freely under the correctly fitted collar on an adult dog).
Then accustom the dog to free movement on a leash. For this, the trainer, wearing a collar on the dog and stroking it, quietly fastens a short leash to the collar and goes for a walk with it. Usually walks and games act so excitingly on a dog that it doesn’t react at all to the leash attached to the collar. It is only necessary not to make jerks with a leash and not to sharply limit the mobility of the dog. If the dog shows signs of fear of the collar or leash, it should divert its attention. Pretty soon, putting on a collar with a leash ceases to bother the dog, as they become a signal for the upcoming walk.
Gradually, the trainer restricts the freedom of movement of the dog, gradually shortening the leash. Then they teach dogs to lengthen the leash. The trainer is moving further away from her, carefully watching that the leash does not cling to any objects and does not cause jerks.
To harness the dog accustom as well as to the collar. To muzzle as follows. The trainer, having a dog on a short leash, holds the muzzle with his right hand (it is better to loop at first), giving him a sniff, and with his left hand quickly pulls him onto the dog’s face and strengthens it with straps. This should be done as quickly and painlessly as possible for the dog. As soon as the muzzle is put on, they distract the attention of the dog from him by active play, jogging, stroking, etc. After the dog calms down, it is encouraged by exclaiming “Good!”, Stroking, and when the muzzle is removed, with a treat.
For timid dogs at first, it is sometimes useful to put a treat in the muzzle (deaf, netted) so that the dog gets it from there and eats it.
The dog’s stay in the muzzle is initially limited to 2-3 minutes, and then gradually increases to the required.
The dog is considered accustomed to the collar, leash, harness and muzzle, if it is calm about putting them on, does not try to get rid of them, quietly moves on the leash near the trainer’s left leg.
In the process of teaching the dog to the collar, leash, harness and muzzle the following basic errors of the trainer are possible:
1. Improper tightening of the collar, harness or muzzle (too tight or too loose);
2. Rudeness, sharpness when putting a collar, harness or muzzle on a dog;
3. Sharp jerks leash;
4. The use of coercion;
5. Permission to play a dog with a leash, muzzle, harness.