A harness for the animal protection dog – step by step to acceptance. For many shelter dogs or dogs with anxiety, putting on a harness can be a stressful process. But with patience and a sensitive approach, this challenge can be overcome.
In this article you will learn how to get your animal protection dog or fear dog to put on the harness in a relaxed way. Step by step, with a lot of patience.
Step 1: Build trust
The first step is to gain your dog’s trust. Shelter dogs and dogs with fears often need more time to get used to new situations. Take time to build a strong bond with your dog before you begin training. Positive experiences and trust are the foundation for successful harness habituation.
Step 2: Tableware as a positive element
The harness should be a positive element for your dog. Let him see the harness near him at first, without putting it on. Associate the harness with positive experiences such as treats or petting. This will help your dog develop positive associations with the harness.
Step 3: Slow habituation
Getting your dog used to the harness should be done gradually. Start with short training sessions in which you take the harness in your hand and put it away again. Reward your dog every time he stays calm. Gradually increase the time your dog tolerates the harness around him.
Step 4: Get used to body touch
Shelter dogs or dogs with fears are often sensitive to touch. Slowly get your dog used to being touched on the body. Gently pet him and reward him for relaxed behavior. This will prepare him to put on the harness.
Step 5: Tightening the harness
When your dog reacts calmly to your touch, you can start putting on the harness. Let him sniff the harness first and then put it on him carefully without closing it. Reward him for his patience. Repeat this step several times until your dog feels comfortable with it.
Step 6: Use positive distraction
Make sure your dog is distracted while putting on the harness. Offer him a treat or toy that will make him feel positive. This will distract his attention and make putting on the harness a less scary situation.
Step 7: Slowly increase
Gradually increase the amount of time your dog wears the harness. Start with just a few minutes and gradually increase the time. Pay attention to your dog’s body language and stop when he shows signs of stress.
Conclusion: Patience and empathy are the key
Putting on a harness can be challenging for shelter dogs or dogs with anxiety, but with patience, positive experiences, and a sensitive approach, it is possible to gently get your dog used to it. Gaining your dog’s trust and building his positive associations with the harness are key to success. Remember that every dog is individual, so adapt the training to your dog’s needs and pace. Together you will get there step by step and make putting on the harness an enjoyable routine.
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