How to Fit the WaggWalker® Dog Walking Communication Harness
WaggWalker® Suggested Guidelines for Use:
Thank you for your interest in The WaggWalker® which we feel is the best training tool on the market to help teach a dog how to walk at your side. However, like every tool, it must be used properly. Here are some suggestions for you to get the most out of our product. We also have instructional videos on our site as well:
- Always fit the harness on your dog inside your home so that there is no chance of him slipping away from you and running away.
- Make sure the harness fits snug but not too tightly as to irritate your dog's skin especially in their armpits and chest.
- Remove harness and fit the Sherpa Comfort Covers over the BLACK strap underneath the belly. www.globaldogcompany.com/Shop/product/sherpa-comfort-covers-accessory-for-waggwalker-harness
- To help with fitting, we suggest adjusting the BLUE strap on the back to make it as short as it will go. This helps to make sure the chain sits across the chest and does not sag down. Then adjust the BLACK strap underneath until it fits snug but not too tight.
- Once the harness is fitted properly, clip safety strap to their existing collar and clip the leash onto the furthest ring away from you on the harness. For example, if you walk you dog on your left, then clip the left ring only. Once your leash is clipped on, walk your dog around inside your home and practice the "Flick and Release." Give your dog a few minutes to get used to the harness especially if he has never worn a harness before.
- While practicing in your home, when you “flick & release”, you want the chain to make a quick "zip" sound. Do this as your dog's front legs are even with yours. Immediately, turn left or right (in the opposite direction away from your dog) and encourage your dog to follow you. If your dog looks up at you, immediately reward with praise and/or a treat.
- When you first get outside, don’t go right into your normal walk. Do some practice turns for a few minutes to give your dog some time to learn what you want from him.
- Do not proceed forward if your dog is not responding to you and is pulling hard. Go back inside and practice some more.
- Do not try to HOLD your dog back using The WaggWalker. If you hold your leash very short and tight with any harness, it will dig into your dog's skin and possibly irritate it.
- Do not leave the harness and/or leash on your dog if he is unsupervised.
- Do not take your dog for long walks with this harness. It is a training tool intended to help teach your dog to walk with you which can take time. Your walks should be short and specifically focused on training your dog. For example, three (3) ten minute training walks will be more likely to educate your dog than a 30 minute walk on your normal route.
- We recommend that you do not use extendable/retractable leashes with our harness.
- We recommend our harness for puppies of at least 6 months of age or older.
Fitting the WaggWalker dog harness takes four simple steps. The size you will need depends on the girth of your dog’s chest. With six sizes to choose from, the harness is perfect for small to extra-large dog breeds. Continue reading to see more on how to measure and fit the WaggWalker dog harness.
How to fit the WaggWalker dog walking harness
Fitting the WaggWalker is simple and takes 4 easy steps:
Slip the WaggWalker over your dog’s head as shown with the chain section facing forward so it sits on the dog’s chest.
Connect the girth belt making sure that the clip clicks closed as shown. Adjust the tri-glides to suit your dog’s chest and girth size.
Attach the lead to the front connector loop as shown.
For the harness to work effectively, you MUST connect the lead to the OUTSIDE ring, furthest away from you, depending on which side you walk your dog.
Connect the safety clip to the dogs (correctly fitted) collar before you start your walk.
You only need to use a quick Flick and Release motion when your dog begins to pull in front of you. The zipping sound will guide your dog to where you want him to walk.