Note: The Tail-Bandit is shipped assembled. Please examine it before proceeding. If it is not assembled, instructions to assemble it can be found at https://tail-bandit.com/pages/tail-bandit-assembly.
Note: The Tail-Bandit is not warrantied against being chewed by the dog. We advise that you monitor your dog for the first few hours that he is wearing the Tail-Bandit. Dogs that are not tail sensitive and do not seem to mind the Tail-Bandit might still chew the Tail-Bandit out of curiosity or boredom. If the dog attempts to chew the Tail-Bandit, you will need to prevent the dog from reaching the Tail-Bandit with a cone, collar or some other method.
Attaching the Tail-Bandit to the Dog’s Tail:
Note: Two pieces of padding material are supplied. This allows for you to adjust for the tail size. Using two pieces is recommended. If the tail is too big to fit in the Tail-Cage, remove one of the padding pieces or place the Tail-Cage in a different location on the tail.
CAUTION: DO NOT ATTACH THE TALE CAGE WITHOUT THE PADDING! The Tail-Cage will not grip the tail and internal ridges could irritate the tail.
- Unhook the Snap Hook from the Tail Cage.
- Unwrap the Velcro strips from around the Tail Cage.
- Open the Tail Cage and remove the padding from inside.
- Place the one or two pieces of padding inside the Tail Cage. See Picture 1.
- Place the Tail Cage on the tail. Keep it away from the injured area and approximately two-thirds of the way from the base of the tail to to tip. You will need to experiment to find the best position for your dog.
- In its final position, the hook mounting point should be pointing towards the dog’s stomach. If attaching the Tail Cage while the dog tail is behind the dog and horizontal, the mounting point should be underneath the tail. If the tail is down and vertical, it should be on the side of the tail towards the dog.
Clamp the Tail Cage around the tail and close it using light pressure. For the first fitting, start with the edges of the non-hinge about ⅛ of an inch apart when light pressure is applied. Check to make sure no skin is pinched between the edges of the Tail Cage.
- Wrap the Velcro strap around the Tail Cage. Try to use the same tension provide even pressure. See Picture 2.
- Pull the Tail Cage toward the tip of the tail and check for slippage. You should get none. If it slips, re-wrap straps around the Tail Cage using a little more pressure or move the Tail Cage to a thicker part of the tail.
Notes on the pressure:
The placement of the Tail Cage on the tail (in regard to the tail’s thickness) and the straps on the Tail Cage combine to determine how much pressure is applied to the tail. The correct amount of pressure to properly secure the tail will vary from tail to tail. Large, muscular tails and fur length will require different amounts of pressure to secure the tail. Also, some dogs may be more or less sensitive to the pressure. When applied correctly the Tail Cage will be almost impossible to slide down the tail without pulling hard enough to cause the dog distress but it will not be tight enough to cause the dog any discomfort. You may need to try a few different places on the tail and number of wraps until you find the best placement.
Attaching the Belt:
- Slide the Belt slide adjuster down the Belt to the Snap Hook.
- Open the buckle by pressing on the sides and pulling the two pieces apart.
- Put the Belt around the dog’s waist closest to the hind legs and snap the buckle together.
- Position the dog’s tail between their legs and snap the hook on to the Tail Cage’s mounting point.
- Adjust the length of the Belt to position the tail. Start with the tail positioned between the dog’s legs. The Belt can be tightened to hold the tail under the dog’s torso if needed. Each dog will have a different position for best tail control and comfort.
Note: The length of the Belt is used to adjust the tail position only. The Belt Slider is used to the adjust the Belt tightness.
Fully Assembled Tail-Bandit
- Slide the slide adjuster away from the hook and towards the dog’s body to adjust how tight the belt is around the dog’s torso. It should be tight enough to not slide off the dog’s hindquarters when the Tail Cage is detached but not tight enough to put pressure on the torso.
Check the entire path of the Belt on the dog. In some rare cases, the Belt’s placement could cause some discomfort for male dogs. If the dog cannot tolerate the belt, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a male dog and the strap is irritating him you might need to change the position of the strap. Instead of positioning the strap through the dog’s hind legs it can be position on the outside of one leg. This is not the optimal belt position but it will still hold the tail effectively.
Note: If the Belt slides off of the dog’s torso, with or without the Tail Cage attached, it could cause an unsafe situation. Check the tightness and placement every time you hook the belt to the Tail Cage.
When the dog needs to go to the bathroom, you must unhook the Tail Cage. The Tail Cage does not need to be removed from the tail. If the Tail Cage is not removed, the dog will have difficulty relieving themselves (and create quite a mess). The belt does not need to be removed but we recommend that you do. It is quick and simple to remove and reattach once adjusted. If it is left attached it could fall or catch on something.
Note: If the dog chews the Tail Cage remove it immediately and contact us at email@example.com.
- The Tail-Bandit can be left on for up to a week (or more).
- We recommend removing the Tail-Bandit every three or four days to clean it.
- To clean the Tail-Bandit, remove the Tail Cage and the padding. The Belt and Tail Cage can be washed with soap and water. The padding should be rinsed off in clean water. A mild soap can be used but we recommend clean water only.
Dry the padding and Tail Cage completely before reattaching it to the tail. If attached while wet it could cause chafing.
- Check the rubber bands before and after bathroom breaks as well as periodically throughout the day to make sure that they are properly attached.
If you have any questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.