The brand new dog harness arrived just in time, right? The night before you go on a big road trip?
Bet you expected to experience less stress in the car because of the concentration you put on making your dog safer now. Unfortunately, you will find this to be the most disastrous trip ever as your howling wild child whirls around in distress!
Oops. It turns out that the ideal time to buy new car restraint systems is a month before the trip, not the night before.
When you think about it, it is obvious that there is no reason to assume that your dog is in a good mood if he is suddenly strapped into a new device that is restricting his movement and feeling a bit uncomfortable. Sure, maybe your little genius will understand when you say, “Honey, this is supposed to get you to safety! It’s because i love you! “And immediately relax in the glow of that idea. More likely, though… She will be confused about what is happening, she will hate it, and she will publicize her displeasure in ways that may even lead you Fewer sure how you drive!
So. Build in a while. The key to getting your dog’s buy-in is keeping them at your dog’s pace and sweetening the deal by combining the new containment plan with something the dog loves – likely in the edible category. Here’s how to get your dog to wear a car harness:
- Start with a cold in your home. No matter what device you use, get your pup used to the idea at home. Maybe that means you bring the new dishes or box with you when you watch TV. There’s a cold and a treat. To repeat. To repeat. Create a positive link.
- Now add a restriction that is still in your home. If the puppy is happy to see / smell the new device, go one step further: go ahead and pop the dishes in good time – time for cheese! Ham! – and then immediately lose weight. To repeat. To repeat. Continue until the dog is mentally staring at the harness ready You can start this fun new game by putting it on.
- Installation time. If your dog struggles with putting on the harness, keep this feeling a little longer. Let her run around in the harness and give her a bat to enjoy at the same time. Repeat a few nights in a row.
- Hit the driveway! When the puppy is completely comfortable with the new gear, it’s time to try it out in the driveway. For example, load up dried fish or turkey and take the puppy to the car. Put the harness on – treat it! – and then take it off. To repeat. To repeat. That’s it for today. Then do it all over again the next day.
- Try a super short ride with a big destination. Now the puppy likes to show up in the car and get into the harness or box. It’s time for a little ride. Ideal scenario: a three minute drive to your dog’s BFF home. Every brief moment of apprehension in the new gear is quickly rewarded with the best reward in the arsenal: the fun match date. To repeat. To repeat.
Here we go. Your pup now has happy associations with driving while restrained in the car. You were in no hurry and made a negative association with this brand new gear. Instead, because you invested the time, this new stuff signals yummy treats and adventure. You are ready for the road!
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