Your dog’s hindquarters are stronger than his forequarters. You will find your dog brakes more naturally by sitting back into the breech strap compared to the traditional chest band braking behind the front legs. Breeching has a long history of use with horses. Please refer to the drawing below. Clip the carabiners to the braking loops of the harness and pass the padded portion over the dog’s tail and behind his thighs. Adjust the Back Band so the Main Breech Strap runs across the dog’s thighs. Adjust the Main Breech Strap so it tightens around the rear of the dog as soon as the brake begins to engage, but is not tight while the dog is actively pulling.
The Back Band may be adjusted forward or back to one of three positions to best hold the padded portion of the breeching at the correct level. You may need several carting sessions to fine tune the adjustments to each individual dog. When moving downhill so the breeching engages, be sure the breeching does not slide up directly under the dog’s tail. If this happens, you need to lengthen the back band and/or move it forward. If the breeching slides down behind the dog’s knees the Back Strap need to be shortened and/or moved back. Also included is a Stabilizer Strap. If you find the Back Band tends to slide back on the top of the dog’s hindquarters use the Stabilizer Strap to prevent this slippage. Run it in a loop through the tab on the Back Strap and around the top of the rear belly band of your harness. Test this with a big safety pin securing it to the harness belly band. If you like the results you may wish to sew on a tab such as on the top of the Back Strap.