Congratulations on making it to the in-person harness test! This is the final step before receiving your Rover Now walker certification. In addition to re-watching the training videos, we recommend reading over these helpful guidelines for how to properly secure the most common collars and harnesses. In particular, potential walkers fail the head halter, front clip, and prong collars the most often, so it’s especially important to pay attention to the “Common Mistakes” portion in these tutorials.
Because this is a test, the Rover representative will not be able to answer questions about the collar/harnesses, so if you need extra guidance, we recommend visiting your local friendly pet store to ask a sales associate.
Below, we have also included a handy recap of a feature called the Rover Card—you’ll be asked about this at your test, so be sure to review the information carefully along with the harness and collar info.
How to Put On a Head Halter
The head halter is less complex than it first appears. It works like a regular flat collar but with a large loop that fits over the dog’s muzzle and fastens securely under the chin.
- Pull the loop up through the center ring (some brands have extra padding in the part of the loop that fits over the dog’s muzzle).
- Fit loop around their snout. The metal ring should be all the way down at the bottom of this loop.
- Fasten the long strap around their neck, just like a regular flat collar. This should fasten in the back.
- Cinch up the black fastener under their chin until it fits snugly under their snout.
- Press the black clamp on the fastener DOWN until you hear a snap.
- Make sure that the loop is secure enough that it can’t slip over the bridge of the dog’s nose if they paw at it, but that the dog can still open its mouth freely.
- Clip leash through the halter loop.
- If they dog is wearing a flat collar as well, you can also fasten it through the ring on the collar for an extra safety precaution.
How to Put On a Front Clip Harness
- Slip the opening of the harness over their neck.
- The triangles should be over their shoulders, with the leash clip in the center of their chest.
- Make sure that the harness is not inside-out and that all labels are facing outwards.
- Pull the long strap under their belly behind their front legs and clip shut.
- Fasten leash to the ring on the front of the dog’s chest.
- If the harness has a ring on their back, the leash can clip there if the owner prefers.
How to Put On a Prong Collar
- Position collar around the dog’s neck with the opening in the back and prongs facing inwards.
- Make sure the chain near the leash fastening isn’t tangled or twisted.
- Firmly squeeze the prongs and fit them into the open loops—the prongs will not fit into the loops unless you do so.
- Be sure to squeeze the prongs into the loops by inserting them from above. ALL prongs should face inward against the dog’s neck.
- The leash must be attached to the D-shaped ring on the chain in the back. The large round ring should lie flat against the back of the dog’s neck.
- Once fastened, the collar should be positioned high up on the back of the neck behind the ears, unless otherwise indicated by the owner’s instructions.
- Be sure to remove this collar after the walk is over to prevent injuries.
- To remove the prong collar, simply squeeze the prongs and pull them out of the open loops.
How to Put On a Step In Harness
- Lay the harness down in front of the dog’s front paws, making sure no straps are twisted.
- Place one front paw into each opening.
- Pull the harness up so it fits securely around the dog’s chest and shoulders, and clip the harness on the center of their back.
- Clip the leash through both rings on the back of the harness.
- The rings should be positioned above the clip, not beneath it.
How to Put On a Martingale Harness
- Spread the collar wide and slip it over the dog’s head.
- There are no opening latches on the martingale. If it’s the appropriate size, it should be able to easily slide over the dog’s head.
- Clip leash to the ring on the adjustable portion of the collar. For some brands, the adjustable area is on a chain; for others, it’s on a fabric loop.
The Rover Card
Once you’re a certified Rover Now dog walker, you’ll gain access to the on-demand walking features in the app. You’ll need to use the app to accept walking requests, see information about your Rover dog, track details from your walks, and give your clients helpful updates through a feature called the Rover Card.
Features of the Rover Card include:
- Starting and stopping the walk
- Tracking pee/poop and food/water
- Map of the walk route
- Distance of the walk
- Time of the walk
- Space for a detailed note about the walk
- Photos from the walk
Once you’ve returned your Rover dog to their home and locked up, you’ll review and complete your Rover Card. You can update it with any untracked pees/poops, plus more photos of your Rover dog having a blast. Any activity that happened during the walk can still be updated after the walk has stopped.