Do you know how to properly put a dog harness on?
I do not.
I have struggled with dog harnesses for years.
When we would have to take a dog harness off of a dog that came into the vet for a variety of reasons, many of the techs, including me, would struggle for several minutes trying to figure out how the hell to get the harness back on the dog.
Here we would be getting a heart rate, drawing blood, or giving injections to a dog, all procedures that take some skill, but yet we could not get a simple harness to go back on a dog the way that it came off.
Because a dog harness is a foreign object to someone who does not regularly use one.
Don’t get me wrong. I have nothing against dog harnesses, I think they are great product and protect dog’s from certain injuries, but they are just foreign to me because I don’t currently use one on Sherman and Leroy and I struggle getting them on other people’s dogs.
Your leg goes through here and your head goes through here.
No, no. That’s wrong.
Your head goes here and your leg goes here.
That’s not right either.
Just forget it.
I can’t tell you how many times I handed the dog and the harness back to the owner and told them we were done several minutes ago but I couldn’t get the harness back on your dog because I’m harness challenged.
Luckily, our friends over at Kurgo came up with two great infographics for people like me.
There is one for overhead dog harnesses:
And one for step-in dog harnesses
Where have these been the last 8 years of my life?
These make it look super easy.
So easy that I might actually be able to do it if I print these off and keep them in my pocket for a few days.
Now, if only Kurgo could make me a pretty infographic showing me how to put the carting harness on Sherman and Leroy in 3 easy steps.
So how about you? Do you use a dog harness on your dog? Do you like it? Is it easy to get on?