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Works great! Introduce it Properly!
on July 28, 2011
My Golden Retriever developed a benign mass on his right flank. It grew to basket ball size (20lbs.), so when it was removed, he had a huge "y"-shaped incision that started on his flank, ran down his side, over his thigh and past his knee. It required about 100 staples. We did not use a cone when he had the 1st biopsy a year ago, never saw him so much as look at his incisions & staples, but slowly and surely, he quietly took all of them out.
For post-surgery, due to the massive incision, I looked for an alternative to hard plastic e-collars and found the Comfy Cone. It works quite well and I am extremely pleased. The only slight issue is that due to the weight of the buckle on his collar, the top where the sides of the Comfy Collar meet, tend to slip down under his chin. Other than that, Hunter barely seems to notice the Comfy Cone and sleeps quite comfortably with it in place.
HERE ARE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS: Before using, (1) position the Comfy Cone so that it is open and under your pet's chin. Do not close it yet around your pet's face. Allow your pet to sniff and explore the Comfy Cone (2) speak calmly to your pet while introducing the Comfy Cone and anytime you secure it (3) secure it while speaking gently and offering verbal praise to your pet (4) if your pet is resistant, offer a 'high value' treat(small pieces cut up, cooked chicken or hot dogs) only after the Comfy Cone is secured, and (4)frequently take time to reach inside the cone to rub your pet's head & offer praise while the Comfy Cone is on. Any pet will buck and resist the Comfy Cone if you approach them too quickly with a foreign object that obscures their peripheral vision. Make it a pleasant, calm experience and reinforce it with praise.