A dog with sharp claws that scratches at the Snoot Loop will cause "snags" or "runs" in the side straps or the lower part of the nose loop. If this happens, take the Snoot Loop off and pull hard to straighten out the "runs" and use a scissors to trim the "snags." This will not weaken the Snoot Loop unless your dog has been scratching at it for a long time. It helps to trim your dog's nails before fitting the Snoot Loop.

If the Snoot Loop is adjusted properly, your dog cannot chew any part of it. But if the side straps are too long, the neck strap too loose, or the nose loop too big, your dog can get the nose loop in its mouth, chew it, and destroy the Snoot Loop.

On some dogs, the Snoot Loop will compress the hair under the nose loop and the hair may remain flattened for a short while after the Snoot Loop is removed. For most dogs, this is not a problem. But for some dogs with short fine hair on the nose (particularly the Shar-Pei), you need to be careful that the nose loop does not abrade the skin on the top and sides of the nose. Make sure the Snoop Loop is not fitted too tightly and that you do not jerk the leash. Should a problem occur, a piece of felt, flannel or fleece can be wrapped in one layer around the nose loop and sewn to form a close fitting tube (fig. 7).

The nose loop will slide within this soft cushioned tube, protecting the skin while you retain control of the dog. Rarely, a dog will protest a halter (even the Snoot Loop) so vigorously and continuously that it cannot be used successfully. Such a dog is likely to exhibit major behavior problems and help should be sought from a professional trained in applied animal behavior.

If the Snoot Loop cannot be adjusted to fit your dog correctly, call or fax us and we can custom make one for your dog.

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