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THE EASY WALK HARNESS BY Premier

Check out Premier.com to find great  training tools including the Easy Walk Harness and the  Gentle Leader Head Collar

   Deer Run Animal Hospital announces our "CASH FOR CLUNKERS" Promotion.  This is to introduce the benefits of the Premier
"EASY WALK HARNESS".
    
    

            Metal Spike Dog Training Collar              

Which would your dog prefer??

We now carry the Easy Walk Harness!! Cost is only $24.99 but during our "Cash for Clunkers" promotion, we will give an additional $5.00 discount if you trade in your old pinch/prong collar or choke chain !  

Does your pet pull and tug you down the street ?  Is the joy of walking your dog diminished because your arm is being yanked out of its socket?  Do you feel sorry for your dog choking and gagging as he drags you along?  Did you know that some training collars can actually cause damage to the trachea and the nerves and blood vessels in the neck?

We have all been there too!  Fortunately there is a effective and gentle solution called the "EASY WALK HARNESS" from the Premier company.

So come on, turn in those old Clunker Collars for Cash and find a great new way to enjoy your dog!!

The Easy Walk Harness is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash.  Unlike traditional harnesses, the Easy Walk Harness never causes coughing, gagging or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the sensitive and delicate trachea and neck area. 

Traditional harnesses and collars actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the "opposition reflex".  This is the reflex that causes sled dogs to pull against pressure and to do what they do!  The easy walk harness' unique front chest leash attachment stops pulling by steering your dog to the side and redirecting his attention toward you. 

The Easy Walk Harness is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash.  If your dog forges ahead of you, gently pull the leash to the side to turn the dogs toward you.  As he stops pulling, be sure to release the tension on the leash.  Use praise and reward your dog with treats and/or petting.

To slow your dog when he is pulling ahead, apply gentle pressure to the leash, pulling gently toward one side of the dog.  Release the pressure on the leash when the dog is walking nicely next to you.

Do not use the Easy Walk Harness with a retractable leash!  With a retractable leash, the dog is "rewarded" with additional leash when he pulls ahead!!  We want the dog to learn to NOT pull ahead.  In addition, a retractable leash will always apply a slight constant pressure, teaching your dog it is okay to continue pulling.

For more information on the Easy Walk Harness go to the Premier.com Easy Walk Harness website, and please check out some of the instructional videos and information provided below.

Youtube Video on how to fit an Easy Walk Harness

Youtube video on how to fit and use an Easy Walk Harness

Youtube video on how to use an Easy Walk Harness

If you find you are having trouble getting your dog to accept thenew harness, read on below for more helpful tips on acclimating to a new harness.

To acclimate your dog to the Easy Walk Harness, or any new training tool, we recommend you review the video, "If You Are Good, I Will Let You Wear The Gentle Leader!" .  This video, although specifically about fitting another type of training device called a Gentle Leader Head Halter, another excellent and humane teaching tool, teaches a valuable techique.  The video will teach you how to  "Condition an Emotional Response".   Whether you are introducing your dog to an Easy Walk Harness, or a Gentle Leader Head Halter, or any other training tool; conditioning a positive emotional response will teach your dog to love the new tool. 

This concept is the same thing that happens when you condition your dog to his leash, or your car keys.  When your dog sees his leash, he gets excited and happy, he associates the leash with a fun walk!  This is a positive response.  This is what we want to do when we introduce the Easy Walk Harness or the Gentle Leader.  A negative emotional response is what happens when you pick up your car keys, your dog may get anxious and nervous because he anticipates, and associates the clinking of the keys with you leaving.  This is the type of response we want to avoid.

In the  "If You Are Good, I Will Let You Wear The Gentle Leader!" video, world-renowned author and trainer, Jean Donaldson, demonstrates how to use targeting and desensitization to condition her dog, Buffy, to enjoy wearing her Gentle Leader? head collar.  Again, the same technique can be used with the Easy Walk Harness.

A few quick sessions help Buffy choose to wear the Gentle Leader ? and even look forward to it. The Gentle Leader then becomes the predictor of other good things, including walks and going on outings.

The payoff for gradual desensitization is that the dog enjoys wearing her Gentle Leader?.

The amount of time that it took to desensitize Buffy to wearing her Gentle Leader ?, which will last her entire lifetime, was less than it took to brush her out that morning.

 

 

 

 

The Easy Walk Harness is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash.  Unlike traditional harnesses, the Easy Walk Harness never causes coughing, gagging or choking because the chest strap rests low across the breastbone, not on the sensitive and delicate tracheal area. 

Traditional harnesses and collars actually encourage dogs to pull harder because of the "opposition reflex".  That is the reflex that causes sled dogs to pull against pressure and do what they do!  The easy walk harness' unique front chest leash attachment stops pulling by steering your dog to the side and redirecting his attention toward you. 

Deer Run Animal Hospital now carries the Easy Walk Harness!!  (Cost is $24.99 but check out our "Cash for Clunkers" promotion, we will give a $5.00 discount if you trade in your old pinch/prong collar or choke chain !)  For more information on purchasing an Easy Walk Harness please go to the "Products" tab on this web site,  or ask our staff for more information and help with fitting your new harness.  

Youtube Video on how to fit an Easy Walk Harness

Youtube video on how to fit and use an Easy Walk Harness

The Easy Walk Harness is designed to gently discourage your dog from pulling while walking on a leash.  If your dog forges ahead of you, gently pull the leash to the side to turn the dogs toward you.  As he stops pulling, be sure to release the tension on the leash.  Use praise and reward your dog with treats and/or petting.

To slow your dog when he is pulling ahead, apply gentle pressure to the leash, pulling gently toward one side of the dog.  Release the pressure on the leash when the dog is walking nicely next to you.

Do not use the Easy Walk Harness with a retractable leash!  With a retractable leash, the dog is "rewarded" with additional leash when he pulls ahead!!  We want the dog to learn to NOT pull ahead.  In addition, a retractable leash will always apply a slight constant pressure, teaching your dog it is okay to continue pulling. 

To acclimate your dog to the Easy Walk Harness, or any new training tool, we recommend you review the video, "If You Are Good, I Will Let You Wear The Gentle Leader!" .  This video, although specifically about fitting another type of training device called a Gentle Leader Head Halter, will teach you the important concept of how to  "Condition an Emotional Response".   Whether you are introducing your dog to an Easy Walk Harness, or a Gentle Leader Head Halter, or any other training tool; conditioning a positive emotional response will teach your dog to love the new tool. 

This concept is the same thing that happens when you condition your dog to his leash, or your car keys.  When your dog sees his leash, he gets excited and happy, he associates the leash with a fun walk!  This is a positive response.  This is what we want to do when we introduce the Easy Walk Harness or the Gentle Leader.  A negative emotional response is what happens when you pick up your car keys, your dog may get anxious and nervous because he anticipates, and associates the clinking of the keys with you leaving.  This is the type of response we want to avoid.

In the  "If You Are Good, I Will Let You Wear The Gentle Leader!" video, world-renowned author and trainer, Jean Donaldson, demonstrates how to use targeting and desensitization to condition her dog, Buffy, to enjoy wearing her Gentle Leader? head collar.  Again, the same technique can be used with the Easy Walk Harness.

A few quick sessions help Buffy choose to wear the Gentle Leader ? and even look forward to it. The Gentle Leader then becomes the predictor of other good things, including walks and going on outings.

The payoff for gradual desensitization is that the dog enjoys wearing her Gentle Leader?.

The amount of time that it took to desensitize Buffy to wearing her Gentle Leader ?, which will last her entire lifetime, was less than it took to brush her out that morning.

If you would like to also try the actual Gentle Leader Head Halter, this is a link to a Premier YouTube video on  How to Fit a Gentle Leader Head Collar.