Before we jump into the details, It’s a good time to mention that you won’t be able to just pop a harness on your dog if he hasn’t worn one before. It makes sense if you think about it, but if your dog has always worn a collar, having something that goes across their chest and under their arms is a pretty new experience. We always recommend harness training your dog as it’s so simple to do and builds their confidence massively!
- Pop the harness on the floor and start by popping lots of treats around it (high reward toys are good for those fussy eaters)
- Build up the association with the harness equalling great things, every time your dog touches it, give him a ‘good job’ and something tasty
- Rest the harness on your dog and offer him some high reward
- Keep rewarding him whilst you place it around his body – remove it straight away!
- Repeat these steps whilst furthering the ‘dressing’ of your dog each time, if he starts to become unsure, take it back a step and offer him some calm reassurance
- This can take time but keep going until your dog can’t wait to get it on! Start with a short walk to make sure it’s comfortable.
Every owner likes a different harness down to comfort, strength and style so it really is up to you where you go shopping. For nervous dog, having a ‘nervous’ harness is great for warning others to not approach or keep their dog away. If unsure of the sizes, we always recommend opting for the larger one as many of them are adjustable. If you are looking to support the charity further, we have a stunning range of WaHF harnesses to show your pup off!