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Training your dog with the HusherTM

To get your dog comfortable with wearing the HusherTM, leave it on for two minutes, remove it and then repeat several times. Increase the time and frequency that the dog is wearing the HusherTM gradually, until the dog accepts wearing the training aid. Once your dog is relaxed about wearing the HusherTM, you can begin to train and modify their unwanted behaviour.

Teach your dog a moderate verbal "Hush" command when wearing the HusherTM and displaying unwanted behaviour. If you find that you dog continues to bark or struggle whilst wearing the HusherTM, then try distracting your pet during the process by either playing with them or taking them for a walk.

Don't forget to praise and reward your pet when it behaves properly. Positive reinforcement is a good thing.

Handy Tips

Dogs will vary in the time it takes them to get used to wearing the HusherTM. Make the experience of wearing the HusherTM a positive one and your dog will accept the training aid easily. Try some of the following tips:

  • Get your dog used to the HusherTM gradually. Put the HusherTM over your dog's nose and give your dog a treat. Take the HusherTM off again and then put it back on, fasten it and leave for a few seconds. Reward your dog and take it off again.
  • For those dogs that are reluctant to wear the HusherTM, put it on the floor and allow your dog to sniff at it, but not to chew or bite at it. Put a treat on top of the HusherTM and your dog will associate the elastic training aid with a pleasant experience. Do this several times before attempting to fit the HusherTM on your dog.
  • Gradually extend the time that your dog wears the HusherTM. Make wearing the training aid a positive experience for your pet. Try feeding your dog, giving your dog a treat or taking your dog for a walk while they are wearing the HusherTM.
  • If your dog attempts to take the HusherTM off, distract your dog by asking your dog to walk, sit or perform another activity. Reward your dog with treats, pats or praise when your dog leaves the training aid on without complaint.
  • If your dog continually manages to take the HusherTM off, you may need to tighten the strap or consider a different size training aid.
  • Be prepared to devote anything from a few minutes to a couple of weeks to achieve your dog's acceptance of the HusherTM.