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Use these leash tips to help pet owners get dogs to your practice in comfort.
Mikkel Becker, CPDT, says the way a person brings in their dog to a practice makes a difference in how at ease the canine feels. Front clip harnesses with fixed length leashes, and never retractable leashes, are the standard for visits, as they gently prevent pulling on leash and keep the animal under directional control to keep arousal levels low. Head halters are another choice, as they redirect the dog's orientation and close the mouth when gently pulled up on, allowing for greater control and management over harder-to-handle or less predictable dogs. And don't forget to check out dvm360.com/FearFree for more great tips and tools to prepare your practice to become Fear Free.