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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
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*
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 Rehabilitation/Physical Therapy
Underwater Treadmill or Hydrotherapy
* These are just suggestions. Any instructions from your veterinarian for your dog's specific condition should always take precedence.
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