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Follow GingerLead on Pinterest GingerLead Instructions Adjusting the Sling The GingerLead is adjustable to fit various sizes of dogs and owners. Support Pad Sliders, attached to the straps on each side of the support pad, allow the straps to be lengthened or shortened. Position the sliders at the same location on each side of the support pad to keep the strap length the same on both sides. The handle moves along one strap. The slider feeds through the handle when needed. Once adjusted, slide the handle to the top.  Leash Shorten or lengthen the leash through the plastic buckle that attaches to the handle. A strap clip slides along the leash to hold the loose end. To Put the Sling on your Dog...  	1.	Pass the sling under your petís belly holding the straps on each side of your dog.  The handle should always be on the left side of your pet. 	2.	Hold the handle with attached leash on top. The corduroy lining in the handle should be facing down.  Align the free strap on the right side of your dog under the handle. 	3.	Wrap the handle under and around the free strap and close the ends of the handle together so that the free strap is inside the handle and the leash is on top. 	4.	Attach the snap hook from the leash to your dog's collar or a standard chest harness.  Now you're ready to go! To Put the Mini GingerLead on your Dog... 	1.	Buckle the sling around your dogís belly using the side-squeeze buckle 	2.	Adjust the sling to fit snuggly around your dogís waist 	3.	Attach the leash with snap hook to your dogís chest harness* 	4.	Adjust the neoprene handle to the appropriate height using the silver metal slider 	5.	Gently lift and begin walking. Use commands your dog is familiar with and provide positive reinforcement. Use treats if needed to encourage your dog  *The Mini GingerLead may be attached to a dogís chest harness, collar, or to itself, however, for the Mini size, we recommend using a chest harness so a dog is not accidentally lifted off the ground by their neck  IMPORTANT: Always follow any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition

Tips for Introducing the GingerLead to your Dog

Some dogs take right to the GingerLead, and some require practice.  A dog may initially appear confused, and even resist walking.  So let's try to make it easy for them. Note: These are just suggestions.  Any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition should always take precedence. Let your dog smell the GingerLead and let them know this new contraption is here to help.  You want to encourage a positive experience. Start on a flat surface where your dog is most comfortable.  Achieve success on easier terrain before trying to tackle stairs. Your dog will be looking to YOU for direction.  Be patient, but show confidence.  Use the commands you typically use during walks to have them heel. Use treats and/or another person to help coax your dog. Your first couple of tries, do not lift too much on the sling. Let your dog get a feel for walking just knowing the GingerLead is there. Give your dog positive reinforcement when walking with the GingerLead. Once your dog begins to feel comfortable with the GingerLead, then lift a little more until you find what's most comfortable for your dog and appropriate for their condition per your veterinarian’s instructions. NEVER lift a dog entirely off the ground when the leash of the GingerLead is attached to a dog's collar. If your dog has some hind end mobility, allow them to try use their legs.  Do not let their legs dangle. You can attach the leash from the GingerLead to a standard chest harness instead of a collar, to add some front end support.  Chest harness is not included.

Tips for your Dog’s Knee or Hip Surgery Recovery*

Printable Version  Schedule the surgery for a Thursday or Friday, so you'll have a weekend to adjust to the recovery process.    Two people should pick up a dog from the hospital. One to drive, and one to sit with the dog to keep them quiet and prevent them from standing during the ride home. A support device. We obviously recommend our GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness, but there are other products available. A towel is just too difficult to support and control a dog after surgery. Comfy Cone or E-Collar so your dog cannot lick the incision (if one is not provided by your veterinarian). A pen or crate to restrict a dog's activity. Runners with rubber backing for any hardwood, tile or non-carpeted floors that a dog walks on during the recovery period. Dog booties or children socks with rubber traction can be used instead of runners if you can get your dog to keep them on. A Kong (or a similar toy) filled with fat free yogurt and then frozen. Since a dog's activity will be restricted, they will build up energy. A dog may spend 30-60 minutes working the frozen yogurt from the Kong, which provides good mental stimulation. Fat free yogurt will prevent an inactive dog from gaining too much weight. An old blanket or towel should help prevent the yogurt from getting on your floor. Glucosamine/Chondroitin or other joint supplements. Disable doorbell and/or put a sign up with your phone number asking people to call you instead of ringing the doorbell.  This will help prevent your dog from getting excited when someone is at the door. Cover windows if your dog gets excited by things seen through the window. If you have multiple dogs, a baby gate will help keep them apart so they do not play. Calming music to drown out any noise that may excite your dog.

Professional Therapies

Laser Therapy Professional Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy Underwater Treadmill or Hydrotherapy Acupressure Massage Acupuncture * These are just suggestions. Any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition should always take precedence.
SMALL, LARGE & TALL SIZES   Prepare Open support pad and lay it flat. Disconnect the leash strap using the side squeeze buckle and close the handle.  Wash The GingerLead can be hand or machine washed, and air or machine dried. We do not recommend the use of bleach or harsh detergents.  Dry Tumble dry low or air dry by hanging the GingerLead from one end or laying the GingerLead flat. Machine drying may cause some shrinkage.
GingerLead Dog Support Sling Instructions MINI SIZE   Prepare Pull the neoprene handle and support pad off of the straps.  Wash The Mini GingerLead can be hand or machine washed. We do not recommend the use of bleach or harsh detergents.  Dry Air dry only.  DO NOT machine dry the neoprene pads.

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Follow GingerLead on Pinterest GingerLead Instructions Adjusting the Sling The GingerLead is adjustable to fit various sizes of dogs and owners.  Support Pad Sliders, attached to the straps on each side of the support pad, allow the straps to be lengthened or shortened. Position the sliders at the same location on each side of the support pad to keep the strap length the same on both sides. The handle moves along one strap. The slider feeds through the handle when needed. Once adjusted, slide the handle to the top.  Leash Shorten or lengthen the leash through the plastic buckle that attaches to the handle. A strap clip slides along the leash to hold the loose end. To Put the Sling on your Dog... 	1.	Pass the sling under your petís belly holding the straps on each side of your dog.  The handle should always be on the left side of your pet. 	2.	Hold the handle with attached leash on top. The corduroy lining in the handle should be facing down.  Align the free strap on the right side of your dog under the handle. 	3.	Wrap the handle under and around the free strap and close the ends of the handle together so that the free strap is inside the handle and the leash is on top. 	4.	Attach the snap hook from the leash to your dog's collar or a standard chest harness.  Now you're ready to go! To Put the Mini GingerLead on your Dog... 	1.	Buckle the sling around your dogís belly using the side-squeeze buckle 	2.	Adjust the sling to fit snuggly around your dogís waist 	3.	Attach the leash with snap hook to your dogís chest harness* 	4.	Adjust the neoprene handle to the appropriate height using the silver metal slider 	5.	Gently lift and begin walking. Use commands your dog is familiar with and provide positive reinforcement. Use treats if needed to encourage your dog   *The Mini GingerLead may be attached to a dogís chest harness, collar, or to itself, however, for the Mini size, we recommend using a chest harness so a dog is not accidentally lifted off the ground by their neck   IMPORTANT: Always follow any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition

Introducing the GingerLead to your Dog

Some dogs take right to the GingerLead, and some require practice.  A dog may initially appear confused, and even resist walking.  So let's try to make it easy for them. Note: These are just suggestions.  Any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition should always take precedence. Let your dog smell the GingerLead and let them know this new contraption is here to help.  You want to encourage a positive experience. Start on a flat surface where your dog is most comfortable.  Achieve success on easier terrain before trying to tackle stairs. Your dog will be looking to YOU for direction.  Be patient, but show confidence.  Use the commands you typically use during walks to have them heel. Use treats and/or another person to help coax your dog. Your first couple of tries, do not lift too much on the sling. Let your dog get a feel for walking just knowing the GingerLead is there. Give your dog positive reinforcement when walking with the GingerLead. Once your dog begins to feel comfortable with the GingerLead, then lift a little more until you find what's most comfortable for your dog and appropriate for their condition per your veterinarian’s instructions. NEVER lift a dog entirely off the ground when the leash of the GingerLead is attached to a dog's collar. If your dog has some hind end mobility, allow them to try use their legs.  Do not let their legs dangle. You can attach the leash from the GingerLead to a standard chest harness instead of a collar, to add some front end support.  Chest harness is not included.

Your Dog’s Knee or Hip Surgery Recovery*

Schedule the surgery for a Thursday or Friday, so you'll have a weekend to adjust to the recovery process.    Two people should pick up a dog from the hospital. One to drive, and one to sit with the dog to keep them quiet and prevent them from standing during the ride home. A support device. We obviously recommend our GingerLead Dog Support & Rehabilitation Harness, but there are other products available. A towel is just too difficult to support and control a dog after surgery. Comfy Cone or E-Collar so your dog cannot lick the incision (if one is not provided by your veterinarian). A pen or crate to restrict a dog's activity. Runners with rubber backing for any hardwood, tile or non-carpeted floors that a dog walks on during the recovery period. Dog booties or children socks with rubber traction can be used instead of runners if you can get your dog to keep them on. A Kong (or a similar toy) filled with fat free yogurt and then frozen. Since a dog's activity will be restricted, they will build up energy. A dog may spend 30-60 minutes working the frozen yogurt from the Kong, which provides good mental stimulation. Fat free yogurt will prevent an inactive dog from gaining too much weight. An old blanket or towel should help prevent the yogurt from getting on your floor. Glucosamine/Chondroitin or other joint supplements. Disable doorbell and/or put a sign up with your phone number asking people to call you instead of ringing the doorbell.  This will help prevent your dog from getting excited when someone is at the door. Cover windows if your dog gets excited by things seen through the window. If you have multiple dogs, a baby gate will help keep them apart so they do not play. Calming music to drown out any noise that may excite your dog.

Professional Therapies

Laser Therapy Professional Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy Underwater Treadmill or Hydrotherapy Acupressure Massage Acupuncture * These are just suggestions. Any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition should always take precedence.
SMALL, LARGE & TALL SIZES   Prepare Open support pad and lay it flat. Disconnect the leash strap using the side squeeze buckle and close the handle.  Wash The GingerLead can be hand or machine washed, and air or machine dried. We do not recommend the use of bleach or harsh detergents.  Dry Tumble dry low or air dry by hanging the GingerLead from one end or laying the GingerLead flat. Machine drying may cause some shrinkage.

Washing Instructions

MINI SIZE   Prepare Pull the neoprene handle and support pad off of the straps.  Wash The Mini GingerLead can be hand or machine washed. We do not recommend the use of bleach or harsh detergents.  Dry Air dry only.  DO NOT machine dry the neoprene pads. Menu GingerLead
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