The Instant Trainer is a new training tool that can be gently used to train your canine family member to walk comfortably by your side on leisurely walks. Similar to the fit of a harness, the Instant Trainer offers the next step in regards to trainability. If you are working with a newly rescued adult dog who needs leash training or if you are working with a young adult dog who is learning how to walk gently on a leash, the Instant Trainer could be a valuable tool in your routine. Two sizes are available- one for small dogs (under 30 lbs) and one for larger dogs (over 30 lbs).
After testing the Instant Trainer on multiple rescue/adoptable dogs, we found that the Instant Trainer can be a helpful temporary tool in teaching your foster or adopted dog how to walk nicely by your side. I do not recommend using the Instant Trainer while running with your dog, as I feel it pulls too much on their rib cage area for a running motion, however, it can be a great temporary tool when training a new dog how to properly and politely walk on a leash. Often times, working with untrained dogs, I work with dogs who have no leash training at all- some of them will pull, tug and try to slip out of their collars- but with the Instant Trainer, they cannot slip out (which is a bonus!) and it helps keep them calm and in control during their first walks on a leash- which also keeps them and you much safer.
When you first receive the Instant Trainer, it does comes with directions, however, it is a big confusing to figure out how to properly place the Instant Trainer on your dog- but once you have it placed on your dog, you will immediately see how it works. You do use your pets collar with the Instant Trainer, and I found that you can attach an additional leash to the Instant Trainer if you want more mobility/stretch for your dog to walk. So there is flexibility in its use, which is a positive.
I don’t feel that the Instant Trainer is a tool to be used long term, but rather a short term tool to keep around for dogs first learning to walk on a leash gently, and possibly for a “tune-up” training session (leash walking) at a later date with your dog, if needed. I do like the safety it provides to both human and dog while first teaching your dog to safely walk on a leash. While the Instant Trainer was a bit confusing to first dress the dogs with, once you have it on correctly and make sure to adjust for a good fit- it can be a very helpful tool in training young adult and adult dogs to walk politely on a leash.
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