How to Use the Harness with a Few Tips and Tricks

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How most people use a harness is by pulling back using their shoulder and arm. They maintain a steady pressure on the leash, which puts steady pressure on the body of the pet. My harness was designed to be use in a different manner and a way that actually gives a person better control. If your pet listens to your commands in your home, you want the same behavior on walks! When I did Craft Shows, I would fit a Easy On/Off No Pull Harness on Customer’s  dogs while showing them the differences of my harness compare to the harness that their dog was currently wearing. My harness does not target any sensitive area on the dog’s body…  No Pain…No Choking.  After I finish fitting the Easy On/Off No Pull Harness, I would take their dog for a walk to introduce the dog to the harness, while the customer waited at the booth. We would walk about 50 ft away from the booth. I would do a couple of stops, sit…then walk on. When I would turn around and look back at the owners, I could see the look of amazement on their face.  I had complete control of their dog, the dog was not trying to drag me around and was listening my commands.  After I returned back to them, I would take a few minutes to show the dog owner my technique of how to just use my wrist and fingers on the leash. Then we both would walk out and back to my booth. The customer were very thrilled that they had complete control of their dog. All it took was 5 to 10 minutes of my time to share my technique. Often the customers would stop back before leaving the Craft Show to tell me how happy they found me and my harnesses.  Many customers admitted that they will have keep the new techniques at the front of their minds…old habits are embedded in the back of your mind and are sneaky when you let your thoughts drift…just keep on catching yourself and the change will happen before you realize it, it just becomes second nature with you as you walk with your pets. 

Have you use a choker collar on a pet?  You never do a steady pull on the choker collar…all you do is damage the trachea and choke the pet which is a use of pain control. Although my harness uses pressure, not in the sensitive area of the body…like other products. You use quick tug and release action of fingers and twisting wrist on the leash that travels down to the harness that causes pressure against the core of the pets body. That is a bumping action on the body which catches their attention. You know when one does that tapping on your body that grabs your attention…it works! So if your pet listen to your commands in the house…then your dog/cat will listen to your verbal commands when you do the tug and release actions of your fingers squeezing on the Leash along with the twisting actions of your wrist is what brings the pet attention back to you. Please look at ‘How to Use Leash’, you will be able to see what I am talking about.  Practice in the house or your yard…watch for the turn of the head of the dog or cat. They will actually look at you when you combine the verbal and tug and release action. Also, keep  the head of the dog/cat in your lower vision. They will give you clues to what they are going to do.  Learn how to be a step a head of any situation by keeping an eye on them. 

My Harness design uses pressure in nonsensitive areas on their body. The bumping pressure is an attention grabber, it brings back the focus to you. The head is now looking at you and they are listening to your commands. Every animal I have trained listens to me, I never use the method of inflicting pain to make them do something…this is why I designed the harness the way I did… No Pain or Choking. Also, I have learned some other things over the years…I learned how to use my voice for controlling an animal and ‘Kids’. The moment you start screaming and yelling…they tune you out!!! I learned how use a firm voice, a happy voice and a pleasing voice. Another tactical lesson, is your Body Language. Animals rely on all of their senses in reading humans. Relaxed body and mind do wonders. Boy do these methods work like a charm when working with your pets.

Try out my New Method: Always encourage your pet to walk slightly in front of you with your head up look straight out so you can see where you are going.  Your Dog’s/Cat’s head is in your lower vision while still looking forward.  When you see a sudden head movement, that will signal you that they have focus on something in the distance. Keep movement going, if you need to change direction, do so. Don’t stop and hold them so they can continue to focus on what they were looking at. Doing that may lead to further enraged behavior that can quickly get out of control. May I suggest trying this technique: Keep your forward movement going and grab their attention by using your fingers, wrist on leash and use you voice, shorten your length on the leash, and increase your walking pace around or away from the dog/cat object of attention. By your verbal commands and working your hands on the leash, also by shortening length the leash, so dog/cat is closer to your body. What you have done is you have overloading their brain and pushed what they were focused on is no longer there.  I have done this many times and it works great. It only takes seconds to refocus your pet.

Now, how to use this harness when the dog or cat tries to back-out of the harness. Most Dogs and Cats knows how to use a harness to their advantage. Animals are not dumb, they learn that steady pressure on the leash and harness works to their advantage to wiggle right out the harness and free to run. If your dog or cat suddenly get startled and starts backing away from you. Try using this technique; I have to admit that the first time I use this method with my prototype harness on my large dog “Sakia”, who was the dog that made me design a harness for her…which lead to a patent design. Back to my story, she was a ‘HOUDINI’ when it came to being a ‘Escaping Queen’ from every harness I put on her. I had design this harness for her and she was responding amazingly, my arm was not being jerked out of it socket. I was so impressed with her easy to control behavior. I decided to take her in town to a park. Our last time there I was pulled in every direction and she got spooked and escaped…at least she never ran very far from me.  So I loaded her up in the car and we were off to the park.  I was there about 10 minutes and she got spooked, but this time was different!!  I was so surprised and I was just shocked. I just use my fingers and wrist plus verbal command to come forward ‘Let Go’, it took a few time of repeating the process and all of a sudden she stop struggling and came forward. I stood there shock at what she had done. Mentally I had to go back over what I was seen several times to see what I was looking at…it was the action of the No Pull strap; the ‘O’ ring was pull up towards the front of the head, body strap  the bottom part of the strap was behind the front legs and the body strap was bumping against her under side of her belly, she did not like that and it cause to come forward. A few days later, she tried to back out of her harness again, I did the same technique again…with the same results. About a month later she got spooked tried to back out of the harness again, I got the same results. That was the last time she try to escape from the harness…That is when I realized I did designed a very unique  harness for dogs and cats. Sakia lived for another 6 years, when she would get spooked she would always dart towards me for security and feeling of be safe. 

I hope this helps with how to use the harness design on your dog or cat. Please work in an enclosed area…large pen or in the house. Once you feel your dog or cat is responding to you. Then go out doors and enjoy your walk with a relaxed body and mind. You will see a difference.

Please NEVER tie your pet up to something and leave them there. They can escape from the harness…it will take them about 15 to 30 minutes to wiggle out of harness, they use the steady pressure on the leash and harness to their advantage.

Also I make a great Dual Handle Leash for walking your pets. For each size of the leash the placement of the second handle is placed at different location on the leash.  The top of the handle location is according to average height of pet related to the harness size the pet will wear.  The second handle offers an easy way to grasp the handle when needed. No more trying to wrap the leash around your hand while you are trying to get the pet over to your side during an emergency. No more rope burned hands from webbing sliding thru your hands. The second handle is 12 to 13 inches in length for siding your hand up and down for correct placement between you and your pet. 

It is important ‘not’ to walk your pet with your arm stretch out in front of you. It puts you in an off balance position if you have a pet that jump out from you when they see something.  Down you go!! Walk with your hand down by your hip at your side.  Advantages of that position:  If your pet start to jump out, you have room with your arm and hand to react to situation. If your arm is at your side, you have a better view of the head of the Dog/Cat in your lower vision. The pets normal reaction is a sudden quick movement of their head which catches your attention immediately. Remember, You want to be a step a head of your…You learn how to quickly grab the focus of your Dog/Cat back to you with your voice and quick tug and release actions of your hands. Also, learn how to pick up your walking pace at the same time…your are overloading the brain of the Dog/Cat with your actions and wherever they were focus on before has just went bye bye. Like I said I have used this method every-time I see my dogs head make a quick movement or drop the head to the ground. My favorite commands are ‘Lets Go’ when I speed up.  The other is ‘Leave It’ when I see the head drop to the ground or they have started to focus on something. There are many times I use both commands. You don’t have to yell, just used your firm voice in the command and body movement…they hear you. Thank you for take the time to read this.  Please read the other pages for more tips on fitting and how to use a leash with the harness.