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TIPS FOR USING the DogReins!™ Harness

  • Always use with a double-ended leash.
  • Start out using the leash at a shorter length, and lengthen it as you get familiar with the harness.
  • Clip each end of the leash to each side of the harness.
  • Hold the left side of the leash in your left hand, and the right side of the leash in your right hand.
  • Take one or two steps and then stop and repeat a few times to get a feel for the mechanics of the harness.
  • It takes VERY LITTLE effort to help your dog slow or stop. Use the least amount of effort needed for the best results.
  • After stopping, release the pressure off the leash, similar to using the brakes on a car for a smooth stop.
  • Use slow, gentle movements to signal and stop with the leash.
  • Use a very small pull on the right side of the leash to let your dog know to turn right, and the same on the left side.
  • In the beginning practice in a safe area for just a few minutes at a time to ensure the harness is fitted correctly and that it works well for you and your dog. Not every harness will be right for every dog.
  • Inspect the harness and leash regularly for the correct fit and for any signs of wear.


  • Not for use as a tie-out
  • Not for use as a car harness
  • Not intended for on-leash running
  • Not for use with a retractable leash
  • Do not keep the harness on your dog while unattended
  • Check harness for fit and signs of wear before each use

Fitting Instructions for the DogReins!™ Harness

Please read and understand all instructions before using the harness

1. Identifying the Parts

2. Putting on the Harness

  • Open the buckle on the belly strap.
  • Find the arrow on top strap that says POINT TO TAIL.
  • Place the top strap over the top of dog’s head with the arrow pointing to the tail.
  • Buckle the belly strap.

3. Fitting the Top & Belly Strap

  • The top strap determines the height of the front straps.
  • The front straps (with the grey cozy around them) should rest above the shoulders and below the throat or neck of the dog. They should not impede any movement of the legs.
  • Adjust the top strap shorter to bring the front straps up, or adjust it longer to bring the front straps down.
  • The belly strap should fit comfortably, it does not have to be tight to work properly. With the belly strap at least two inches back from the armpits, adjust the belly strap tight enough so it is not loose or sliding around.
  • Check fit by sliding your flat hand under the top strap and the belly strap, making sure three fingers fit comfortably under each strap.

4. Adjusting the Front Straps

  • Adjust the length of each front strap using the length adjuster that is closest to the end of the front strap. The front straps should not sag and should be loose enough to allow your flat hand to fit underneath at the front of the dog.
  • Adjust both sides equally.
  • Next adjust the position of the stop adjuster. This prevents the front straps from over-tightening and also prevents the belly strap from moving near the dog’s armpits. Making sure the harness is well away from the armpits, move the stop adjuster to approx. one inch from the metal loop. You will now have between 1“- 2” between the two adjusters.
  • Adjust both sides equally.
  • To check the adjustments, place your flat hand under the front strap at the chest (under the grey cozy), and gently pull one leash attachment O-ring to check that the strap cannot over-tighten. Repeat this check on the other side.

5. Attaching and Using the Leash

  • Attach one end of the leash to one O-ring at the end of the front strap on the harness. Attach the other end of the leash to the O-ring on the end of the other front strap.
  • The leash is very adjustable in length. You will have the most success starting with the leash shorter so that you are closer to your dog. You may lengthen it as your dog gets better at not pulling.
  • This harness requires very little pressure to stop or slow your dog and to turn left or right. It is best to use the leash with gentle and smooth movements, guiding your dog and walking as a team.
  • Bring your dog to a nice, steady stop, then slowly release any tension remaining on the leash. This is very similar to how you use the brakes on a car.
  • In the beginning you will see the best results if you take just a few steps at a time and then stop, and repeat.
  • Remember to use lots of praise whenever your dog is walking with a nice, loose leash.