In this video, KPA faculty member Steve Benjamin is teaching a shelter dog to wear a harness. Steve begins by rewarding the dog for investigating the harness. As the dog becomes comfortable with the sight of the harness, Steve introduces the dog to the feel of the harness by placing it on his neck and back. Over time, Steve builds on this behavior until he is able to slip the harness over the dog’s head. He uses plenty of treats as he repeats that step to ensure that it is a positive experience. Once the dog is comfortable with the harness over his head, Steve buckles the harness clips and they are ready for their walk!
For more information about how to enrich the lives of shelter animals in your care, check out KPA’s Shelter Training & Enrichment course!