Linden Harness How-To / Fitting & Desensitizing Tips
We've put together some quick tips here that will help you & pup get acquainted with our Linden harness better. Some of you have been reaching out to us about pups experiencing discomfort and about chewed harnesses. These detailed fitting instruction and desensitizing tips can help alleviate some of the issues you're having with your Linden harness.
Linden Harness Fitting Tips
- Loosen all straps of the harness to it's longest setting to start your fitting.
- Put harness over pup's head and buckle up. Adjust top and bottom straps around the rib cage to a snug fit. Make sure harness sits along the center of your pup's chest and torso, not too high not too low. If too low, the harness can effect the range of motion of the front legs, if too high it can be in the way of pup's neck.
- Once top and bottom straps are fitted, adjust the front strap - working the left and right sides equally - just tight enough that it's not sagging. The front strap does NOT need to be super tight for the Linden Harness to be effective. If too tight, it can yank the harness forward / dig into pup's armpits, causing discomfort.
- If your Linden harness is digging into pup's armpits while the front strap is on its biggest setting, then you may want to try the next size up.
Linden Harness Desensitizing Tips
- Make sure the harness fits your pup well. Adjust all straps so there are no loose or sagging parts.
- Train pup inside the house to get desensitized to wearing the harness. Make sure you're supervising and treating all the way through -- put harness on for 3 minutes at a time, keeping pup's focus on you and not on the harness. Take off harness right after each session and break. Increase duration to 5 to 10 to 15 minutes as pup completes each session successfully and without biting the harness.
- Get pup outside in the harness for a short work, keeping focus (use treats, toys.. whatever works) for the entire walk. Increase walk duration from 5 to 10 to 15 and so on.
- Take harness off each time you come back from your walk -- this eliminates the chance of pup getting his teeth on it.
- Most pups will grow out of the "chew phase", just train pup to keep his focus elsewhere. While they're teething / growing out of their chew phase, give him plenty of chew toys and snacks to satiate his needs.
We want to make sure that our gear helps make you & pup's lives easier and better as intended by its design. For the Linden harness, our goal is to help you achieve beautiful dog walks with minimal pulling behavior.
Don't hesitate to email us if you have any questions or need further assistance!