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Front Clip Harness Fitting & Use Instructions
We are pleased to introduce our new Front Clip Harness. This training/control harness has been designed with the input and cooperation of Multnomah County Animal Control located in Portland, Oregon. We have found that using the Front Clip Harness reduces pulling and dragging while walking dogs, making the whole experience more pleasant for both dogs and people. If you find that walking with your dog currently feels less like a pleasant outing and more like a training run for the Iditarod, then you may find the Front Clip Harness can make a positive change in the way you walk with your dog. This Front Clip Harness is the result of several months of research and development with shelter dogs, staff, and volunteers, and we believe that it represents our best efforts at creating a comfortable, safe, and effective dog walking harness.

Fitting Your Front Clip Harness to Your Dog
The Front Clip Harness has three main straps:

1. The chest strap has a metal ring in its center between two adjustment slides. Your leash will attach to the top of the ring when the harness in on your dog. The ring should be centered on the chest strap when it is adjusted properly.

2. The wither strap has an adjustment slide and a plastic buckle and is the same color as the chest strap. The plastic buckle will be on your dog’s right side when the harness is on correctly.

3. The girth strap also has an adjustment slide and a plastic buckle. To differentiate it from the wither strap, the girth strap is black. The girth strap buckles on your dog’s right side, just below the buckle for the wither strap.

When the harness is fitted properly to your dog, the wither and girth straps will be in a straight line, and the chest strap will be perpendicular to the other two straps. The harness should fit snugly enough so you can just slide two fingers underneath any strap. If your adjustment is too tight, it may chafe your dog; if it is too loose, the harness will move too much on your dog’s body and not work effectively. The chest strap will cross over your dog’s shoulder blades and run just above the top of his breast bone; to alter the height of the breast strap, take in or let out the wither strap until you have the correct adjustment.

Putting the Harness on Your Dog

The easiest way to put the harness on your dog is to put the loop made of the wither and chest straps over your dog’s head. Then run the black girth strap behind the front legs and buckle it on your dog’s right side. When the harness is on correctly, the black girth strap will run under your dog’s tummy and the center ring in the chest strap will rest on your dog’s breast bone.

Some dogs don’t like to have anything put over their heads. Shy or fearful dogs especially may take issue with this. Very rambunctious dogs may also have a hard time sitting still while you try to put on the harness. It may be easier to unbuckle the wither strap, “wrap” the harness around your dog’s neck, re-buckle the wither strap and then buckle the girth strap.

Whatever method you use to get your harness on your dog, just reverse it to take it off your dog.

Do not leave the harness on your dog when you are not with him. While the harness is very safe for walking with your dog, he could possibly get tangled in the straps or chew through a strap while unattended. Do not attach your dog’s identification or license to the Front Clip Harness; they are best attached to your dog’s regular collar.

Using the Front Clip Harness

When first using the harness, start with your dog at your side. If your dog likes to walk ahead of you, this will be a change in habits for both of you. However, with time and experience walking on a loose leash, your dog can earn the privilege of walking in front again. Plan on walking side by side until you both get the hang of how the harness works and what’s required from each of you.

With your dog at your side, start walking. Hold the leash with your arm hanging straight down and with a little slack in the leash. If your dog tries to pull ahead, stop walking and simultaneously lift your leash upwards and slightly backwards, putting tension on the leash and harness. Your dog should move backwards to reduce the pressure he feels from the girth strap. When you feel slack in the leash, praise (and reward) your dog, and then proceed forward again. For a reward, some dogs will respond best for praise, a treat, and/or simply the opportunity to keep walking. You’ll know what means the most to your dog and is the highest value reward.

Each and every time your dog attempts to pull you, stop walking and use leash pressure to teach your dog what he needs to do to put slack in the leash (in this case, to step backwards). The goal is to teach your dog that it is to his advantage to keep the leash loose if he wants to go forward.
If your dog pulls so hard that the harness twists to the side, attach the snap of the leash to both the center ring on the chest strap and the D-ring on your dog’s collar. This will help keep the harness positioned correctly on his body. You may need to loosen the chest strap slightly to make the ring meet up with the collar. As your dog learns how to walk nicely in the harness, you will be able to detach the harness from his collar.

Even if you don’t want to train your dog to stop dragging you, the Front Clip Harness will reduce your dog’s pulling ability. The harness will make it less comfortable for him to lean into the leash. It will also make it easier for you to bring your dog to a halt and stand still. This is really useful for dogs who like to bounce and lunge at the end of the leash when they see another dog, cat, squirrel, or anything else they want to chase or approach.

You’ll also have an easier time changing directions with your dog. To turn your dog towards you, just pull the leash towards you. To turn him away from you, pull the leash across his neck and away from you (this is like neck reining on a horse).

Get Out!

Once you and your dog discover the joys of using the Front Clip Harness, we think you will both look forward to getting out together. Both of you will be more comfortable and relaxed, and you will have more control over your dog than before.