3 Steps To Put On A Dog Harness

Here the right way to put on a dog harness

In one of my previous blog posts, I discussed 5 reasons why a harness is better than a collar. However, there are certain things you have to keep in mind when placing a harness on your dog, especially because not all dogs can easily be manipulated. When dogs show aggression or fear as the owner tries to place a harness, owners are easily taken aback and settle for the thought that the dog simply doesn’t want to wear it.

Before we go any further, let’s try to put ourselves in the shoes of a dog: if your human gives you a strange item that you aren’t familiar with, and roughly tries to wrap it around your body, you wouldn’t like it either. Your dog is thinking the same thing when anyone tries to carelessly place a harness on him.

Remember, all dogs should be properly introduced to anything new, it’s important to help your dog associate it with something positive – this also applies to the muzzle. Without the proper introduction, your dog will end up associating the new item with a negative emotion; or worse, you may end up causing your dog a trauma.


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Here are 3 simple steps to keep in mind to put on a dog harness:


  1. Introduce the harness to your dog: This first step requires placing the harness on the ground and allowing your dog to independently explore it. Give him time to sniff and observe it. Don’t rush!


  1. Mark the harness positively: There are many ways you can positively mark something new to your dog. The easiest way to do this is by associating it with food that your dog loves. Place some treats beside the harness. This will help relax him, and communicate to him that there’s nothing to worry about.


  1. Allow the dog to approach it: Never force your dog to wear the harness. Instead, let him approach it. Hold it up so that he can place his head through it, while rewarding him with treats and praises. Eventually, your dog will feel that the harness is not a threat, and he will gradually approach it on his own.


It’s necessary to work through this process step by step and be patient with it. Results will take time. Each exercise should always be closed with a positive note, through the use of praise and snacks. Take a break when needed, then resume where you left off.


If you have questions about how to put on a dog harness, write it in the comments and I’ll try to help you.

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