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NT_WalkLooseLeash

7 steps to a comfortable walk!


1. Familiarize

Familiarize yourself with the NewTrix™ dog halter.

Untwist any twisted straps. 

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Muzzle Section

  1. Fleece-lined nosepiece
  2. Cheek straps with metal slide adjusters
  3. Chin straps with keeper ring

Push-Pulley Mechanism

  1. Pivot rings
  2. Nape strap with black plastic slide-adjuster

Connections

  1. Leash ring
  2. Safety lanyard and lanyard ring

2. Adjust

Muzzle Section: 

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The muzzle section can be made larger or smaller for your dog by moving the metal slide-adjusters away from, or toward, the pivot rings. Strap can be fed through the metal slide-adjusters to increase slack in either the cheek portion or the chin portion of the muzzle section.

Dogs with wide, short faces will need longer cheek straps and shorter chin straps.

Dogs with long, narrow faces will need shorter cheek straps and longer chin straps.

Nape Strap: 

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Expand the nape strap to enable easy placement over your dog's ears by sliding the plastic adjuster toward the leash ring.

Once the halter is over your dog's ears (see step 5), slide the adjuster away from the leash ring far enough to prevent the dog from easily backing out of the halter.

A halter for a young dog will need to be adjusted as the pup grows.

 

3. The Push-pulley Mechanism

The nape strap passes through a ring on each side of the neck to form the push-pulley. When your dog pulls, tension is redirected to push against the back of her neck. By reflex, your dog leans back into the push and stops pulling.

a3Push1To form the push-pulley mechanism and the halter-shape that will slip over your dog's face, grasp the fleece-lined nosepiece and let the straps dangle.

a3Push2Disentangle the straps so they hang flat.

a3Push3With one finger, pull down on the nape strap between the pivot rings.

a3Push4With one finger, pull down on the nape strap between the pivot rings.

a3Push5This doubles up the nape strap and creates the push-pulley.

a3Push1To form the push-pulley mechanism and the halter-shape that will slip over your dog's face, grasp the fleece-lined nosepiece and let the straps dangle.

a3Push2Disentangle the straps so they hang flat.

a3Push3With one finger, pull down on the nape strap between the pivot rings.

a3Push4With one finger, pull down on the nape strap between the pivot rings.

a3Push5This doubles up the nape strap and creates the push-pulley.

a3Push1To form the push-pulley mechanism and the halter-shape that will slip over your dog's face, grasp the fleece-lined nosepiece and let the straps dangle.

a3Push2Disentangle the straps so they hang flat.

a3Push3With one finger, pull down on the nape strap between the pivot rings.

a3Push4With one finger, pull down on the nape strap between the pivot rings.

a3Push5This doubles up the nape strap and creates the push-pulley.

Grasp the push-pulley in one hand and bring it up to meet the fleece-lined nosepiece to form a target loop.

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4. Acclimate

When introducing the NewTrix™ dog halter take time to create positive associations. With a toy or food treat, lure your dog to put her nose through the halter. Position the straps while she's busy eating. Place the padded nose piece on her snout and slip the push-pulley over her ears.

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Distract your dog from pawing at the halter and reward her with food, praise and attention when she leaves it alone.

Some dogs need systematic desensitization to accept wearing a halter. You may consider consulting a qualified trainer or behaviour consultant. Most dogs adapt quickly.

Puppies can be acclimated quickly by wearing the halter just during meals and removing it after the meal for one week.


5. Fit for Comfort

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Check that the NewTrix™ dog halter is on properly. The chin straps should cross under the jaw and lie flat through the keeper ring.

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Check that the cheek straps are loose, so the nosepiece is not pulling into the eye area.

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Ensure the chin straps are long enough to allow the jaw to open in a yawn or hold a ball or toy.

 

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6. Safety!

The safety lanyard must be attached to a properly secured collar or harness or your dog may escape from your control.

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Alternative attachment:

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Make sure to slide the black plastic adjuster on the nape strap away from the leash ring and toward the dog's head so that the halter is on securely.

 

To test: try pulling the nosepiece off the tip of the dog's nose - it should not come off.

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7. Walk

  • Practice a loose leash walk in an enclosed area where your dog has no strong motivation to go elsewhere. Get a feel for the light touch needed to trigger the halt response.
  • A tug-of-war takes two. If you are in the habit of tugging and jerking the leash, you must practice releasing the tension when you get the halt response.
  • Resist your dog's pull with a brief pulse of tension to halt her forward motion. If she continues to pull, the halter will apply gentle pressure symmetrically around her head and snout to restrain her. Releasing the tension is a powerful reinforcement for her to stop pulling.
  • Move forward only when the leash is loose. To lead, you must not follow.
  • Practice short unpredictable walks with random stops, starts and turns.
  • Keep training sessions brief and positive. Progress will take time for many dogs and people.
  • Fun off-leash techniques to train and motivate her to follow you should supplement leash work.
  • For videos and more tips and trix explore our website further.

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