The first time you put a PAWNIX on your PUP, should not be the first time you need to put one on. If your dog’s first introduction to wearing a PAWNIX happens when he/she is hurt or terrified, it will be much more difficult to get the PAWNIX on. And harder to use and benefit from the PAWNIX in the future, as your dog will have learned to associate the PAWNIX with the stressful circumstances. Luckily, a dog can be trained to accept PAWNIX if he/she is introduced to it under low-stress conditions, with a step-by-step process, and with appropriate rewards and love.
Using small, soft treats, and making sure they are comfortable with each step before going on to the next.
Each time you put on the PAWNIX, gradually increase the time the PAWNIX is on. SIt with them and give treats.
Some dogs have gone through these steps in less than a day—possibly a matter of minutes. Some dogs have really bad PTSD and may take training over several days to keep it on and see the benefits. We’ve done this with all kinds of dogs, including rescue dogs we’ve fostered. If the dog isn’t interested in treats, you can substitute other rewards. We have used verbal praise, but this is optional.
We also suggest that you try introducing and training around nap/sleep time as well. This lets your dog know it is ok to fall asleep in their PAWNIX. This will help you all get back to sleep in the middle of the night quickly.