A harness is a great way to help to control a pup or even an older dog who doesn’t like the leash. It’s arguably kinder as well, considering that you don’t have to drag your dog around by the neck everywhere. You get better control, security, and comfort in one package. So, how do you put the dang things on? Today we are going to discuss how to put on a Kong dog harness and give you a few tips on harness training your dog as well. Our example will be the Kong ‘on the go’ harness and we’ll tell you a little bit about that as we go along so you can decide if that harness might not be a good fit for your doggy. Without further ado, let’s begin!
Kong On the Go paracord harness instructions
So, how do you put one of these one? Upon inspection a dog harness looks like a confusing tangle of rope… if you don’t know where to start. Your starting point is going to be the neck loop. Placing the neck loop over your dogs neck you will next want to align the neoprene handle or center back strip of your Kong harness. This should be on the center of your dog’s back. Once this is centered, there is a strap on either side that attaches to its mate on the opposite. Buckle these together behind the front legs. In the front, dangling from the neck loop is another strap that buckles to the two which are strapped behind your dogs legs. Now we want to just make a few adjustments so that it is secure.
How to adjust a Kong dog harness
If you are wondering how to tighten a Kong dog harness then we’ve got you covered. How it is done is simple, to tighten a Kong harness simply pull a bit more of the strap through the buckle and then pull it out the other side. It should secure neatly. You really don’t need much more in the way of instructions for the Kong harness, it’s designed to be simple, snug, and secure. What you do want to know is how to make sure that it is snug but not TOO snug.
Signs to watch out for
With the harness your most important securing step is making sure that it is snug but not tightened too much. Some signs that the harness needs to be adjusted are:
- If the handle on the back is not staying centered then this is a sure sign that you need to tighten the harness
- Your dog is wiggling out of it (you can tighten it, you aren’t going to hurt them!)
- Damage to fur or ‘chafing’ that means it is too tight
So, where does one obtain a Kong harness?
Finding a harness is easy. You can find Kong products at just about any pet store or if you would like to save time, simply obtain one online. We’ve collected a few examples to show you in case you would prefer the latter route.
Kong reflective red paracord harness
While the one displayed is for small dogs you can get these in any size that you need. This particular one is made with durable paracord so it should last you a good, long time.
Kong reflective pink paracord harness
If you would prefer a more feminine harness for your pup then this one comes in a reflective pink. Reflective harnesses are great for when you are walking at night, just to make sure that your furry friend is visible at all times.
“Reflective harnesses are great for when you are walking at night”
Kong reflective grey harness with zippered pocket
If you would like a Kong harness with a little more padding then this one fits the bill. It also comes with a small zippered pocket that you can use as you like. This harness is a good fit for dogs that are fidgety in a thinner style harness.
Some tips for harness training your dog
Getting your dog used to the harness is a simple affair. First, once you have unpacked it, you will want to show your dog this harness and let them get a good sniff on it (no chewing!). From here we recommend putting it on the dog and letting them wear it around the house. After placing the harness on your dog for the first time, be sure to give them a treat and the highest of praise. Let them run around in it a bit to get used to it and for best results keep them distracted during this time. A little play can go a long way and before you know it your dog will forget that they even have it on.
Kong dog harness final instructions
The proof is in the pudding, as they say, and so now that you know how to put it on and properly secure it, then it’s time to take a walk! Your dog is smart, so after that first walk they are going to know that whenever you take down the harness it is a sure sign that playtime has arrived for them. Your dog should react with excitement (which gives a little added challenge for putting it on, but you’ll get good at it quickly!). Just make sure that the harness is snug and you should be able to walk with your furry friend in confidence.
Some closing words
In this article we have discussed how to put on a Kong harness and gone into some tips on how to make sure that your dog is comfortable and safely secured inside it. As long as it’s a good fit, your dog will love it and you’ll get many a happy walk out of the harness. Just watch for chafing or other signs that it might be too loose or too tight and once you’ve both gotten used to it then putting it on will be a breeze. Happy trails, folks!