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Second session, second video clip

In this short video clip you can see we have progressed to actually placing the harness over her head. We are taking things very slowly to ensure a positive association is made with every single step.

Case study

We had the wonderful pleasure of meeting this young German Shepherd who finds herself needing a new home. She has never been lead walked and came into kennels a very timid and fearful dog. She takes time to get to know people but when she does, she loves affection. This video clip is our second meeting with her. Prior to this video clip, we introduce the sight of the harness by placing it on the ground, surrounded by tiny treats. Before long she was pushing her nose right into it. Next, we lifted the harness and held it in our hands while continuously feeding treats. When the harness disappeared, the treats stopped. This was repeated a number of times before we introduced wearing the ha

Why we use harnesses

There are many reasons why we will only use a harness for lead walking. Pet Dog Trainers of Europe Country representative for Belgium explains why on her website here

Positive associations

These are a great tool to use to pair wonderful things with handling/grooming. They can be stuffed with liver paste, mashed fruit, squeezy cheese etc.Please note: if your dog is already anxious or worried by handling/grooming, desensitisation and counter conditioning will need to take place to change how he feels about it. Please do not just use a sticky bone and dive right in with a brush or furminator!

Head haltis/gentle leaders aka instruments of torture

Why don’t we use head halti’s/gentle leaders? Have a look at the explanation of how they work: # Gentle pressure is transferred to the back of the neck, naturally stimulating a relaxation response (the same as when a mother carries a puppy by the scruff of its neck). # Gentle pressure around the muzzle of the nose loop naturally gives a relaxation response. # It works like a halter on a horse – where the nose goes the body will follow. # There are no metal parts in contact with the dog's skin and the point of steering is well down the nose and away from the eyes. # A particular feature of the halti which is not shared by other designs of headcollar, is that it has an on-off muzz

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