K9 TailSaver® First Time Adjustments
1.Place harness on your dog with the snaps above your dog's back.
2. Mark where neck and girth straps need to be adjusted to. Neck straps
determine how far past the front legs the harness sits. It should be an inch past front your dogs front legs. Remove the harness to adjust the straps.
1.At the top of the tail sleeve there are straps...those face up and towards the harness, the slit in the neoprene (on underside of sleeve) faces down. Place your dog's tail into the slit and pull it up to your dog's body, the top will come over hips and the underside will press firmly to haunches just above where he goes #2. The underside of the tail should be completely inside of the sleeve, as will be the top of the tail.
2.Fasten D-Rings on to the harness by opening the snaps and closing with the D-Ring inside the strap. Adjust length so tail sleeve cannot move away from your dogs's hindquarters. Have your dog stand up and lay down 2 times while checking length of straps for both comfort and snug fit.
3.Hip-to-chest belt slides through a belt loop at your dog's chest before wrapping around his torso to fasten at opposite hip. Adjust length for snug fit and comfort too.
Have your dog lay down and stand up twice, each time adjusting all straps. and checking for snug fit under his tail.
Under Tail Belt
The tail sleeve sometimes needs an additional belt. After adjusting all the other It loops through the strap on the underside of the harness, both ends extend between your pups hind legs, and it clips to either side of the tail sleeve on sleeves outer edges.
straps do this test: Lift up the tail sleeve... does it slide up the tail? If yes, the under-tail strap is needed.
A Second Use: It can be used to hold the tail sleeve in the air. To do this thread it through the silver ring on the back of the harness and hook both jaw clips to the top side of the tail sleeve.
3rd Use: It can be used as a strap replacement if a strap gets damaged.
Length of Sleeve: Fold tail sleeve up and fold together so the velcro inside the tip of the sleeve presses together to keep tail sleeve folded up.
To Shrink Length - Wash and Machine-Dry on Low Setting - it will shrink 3" in length each time it's dried this way. However, it needs to be 3" longer than the tail tip so your dog can't reach his tail.
Velcro and Strap Length
Wind up and tuck-in excess strap length under harness or sleeve, or cut and glue edges, or bind excess with velcro wire-tie.
Another use for velcro ties:
Wrap around snaps if reinforcement there is needed.
We recommend not using bandages under the sleeve, unless your vet says otherwise. Ointment or liquid bandage won't trigger chewing like a bandage under the sleeve will. Wash the sleeve as needed. Hang it to Drip-Dry to avoid it shrinkage in length.
Q & A
Yes, when adjusted correctly the sleeve is higher than where your dog goes #2. The Hip-to-chest belt does not touch stomach or potty spot, and tail sleeve should fit snuggly above where he goes #2. If sleeve is too long it may drag on ground, to avoid this use the universal belt to hold the tail-sleeve up while your dog is outside. Thread strap through silver ring on back of harness and attach the jaw clips to the tail-sleeve.
Harness: hand wash and hang dry. Tail Sleeve: remove belts, machine wash and choose drying method.Machine dry low to CAUSE shrinkage( 3" in length each time ). To avoid shrinkage hang to drip dry, and stretch length while drying.ffff.
Extra Strap Length
Straps can be cut and edges sealed with glue, or rolled-up and tucked into harness or under sleeve. Some people wrap up and tie down with velcro strap.
Velcro straps are used for 1. tying-up extra strap length 2. Binding snaps if needed.
Why did we use snaps instead of buckles?
Snaps don't cause pressure points, long wear times create soreness anywhere there's a pressure-point. We appreciate suggestions and feedback from our community.
When can I stop using it?
After the wound is healed.
Ointment or Bandages
Ointment or lIquid bandage won't cause your dog to chew. Bandages under the tail sleeve may cause chewing on sleeve. Ask your vet if you can leave the bandages off.
Sleeve Fell Off
All straps need to be as tight as possible without causing discomfort to your dog. Check that the sleeve is pulled to underside of the tail (where it meets your dogs body).
1. Use the under-tail strap if sleeve is coming off, and/or check that your hip to chest strap is not mistakenly placed around your dog's waistline/belly.
2. Check that your straps are not loose, or loosening.
3.The belt that extends from waist of tail sleeve, to underside of your dog is important for stabilizing. It shouldn't be around your dogs tummy. It goes to underside of the harness and through a strap provided for it at that there.
Will I need to adjust straps everytime? No, strap adjustments will be made the first time you use it on the dog and perfected for fit at that time.
Can I walk my dog with the harness? Yes, there is a metal ring provided on the harness for dog walking.
Can my dog wear the harness without the sleeve? Yes, quick release fasteners attach sleeve to harness.