The Original Norwegian Bringsel

Drawing of bringselDesigned by Bjarne Isachsen

The bringsel comes in two sizes. STANDARD for dogs above 22 kilograms (45 pounds) and SMALL for dogs below. (E.g.. Kelpie, small Border Collie)



Adjusted this lock first. Adjust it so you easily can take the collar (8) on and off the dog without further adjustment. If the end of the collar is long after the adjustment, cut it to correct length and seal the end with heath. Make sure that the end of the collar don't protrude and prevent the movement of the strap (3). The lock should face down, with the ring (4) at the top. Remove any other collar when the bringsel is on.

After the lock (1) is adjusted the side-locks is adjusted. Adjust the side-locks so the dog barely can grab the reel (6). Adjust the same amount at each side to make it symmetrical. Cut the upper end of the strap (3) if necessary. The dog will soon learn a certain technique to grab the reel, then adjust the side-locks even further up. The reel should be adjusted as high as possible.

The straps are adjusted if the adjustment of the side-locks is not sufficient. The straps have 3 holes. At delivery they are adjusted to the middle hole for standard and at the lower hole for small bringsels. This is suitable for most working dog breeds and usually doesn't need to be adjusted. If necessary the straps can be adjusted like this: Open the side-locks, place a screwdriver in the slit of the screw. Keep the screwdriver steady and rotate the nut on the outside of the side-locks with a pair of strong and sharp pliers. Place the nut in the new hole and fasten it with the pliers while holding the screwdriver steady. On delivery all screws are applied with "Loctite" too keep them from loosening. If you adjust the straps it is important to apply a drop of "Loctite" or nail polish to the screws before fastening.

RING (4)
The last step is to adjust the ring to the exact middle of the collar. If you don't use the ring you can easily remove it. But remember the lock (1) should always point down toward the reel.

One of the straps is equipped with a breakaway-triangle, witch automatically release one end of the reel at pressures of more than 10 kilograms. (20 pounds) The triangle is put back according to the following: Grab the reel with your left hand and the triangle with your right hand. Place the triangle over the eye (9), keep the triangle in position with your left hand index finger and pull the triangle over the eye by pressing your right hand thumb against the outside of the reel. Repeat this several times in order to learn the procedure. At delivery the pressure of the triangle is adjusted to suit most service-dog breeds and doesn't need further adjustment. However the triangle can be adjusted according to the following: If you need lesser pressure, press a large screwdriver into the slit in the triangle. Press a little at a time and check the pressure before proceeding. You can also adjust it to a higher pressure by fastening one of the triangles legs in a vice and then twist the other leg with a pair of strong pliers, sideways and across, then back to normal position. The triangle is made of very tough stainless steel.

For special purposes (e.g.. rubble search) it is easy to make a second breakaway feature so the whole bringsel will break away. If you want to know more about this, call or send an e-mail.

REEL (6)
The reel doesn't normally need adjustment, but it can easily be adjusted to the appropriate radius just by bending it.

Training reels are sold separately. You need at least two training-reels if you use two subjects during training.

In the first year of training the dog always fetch the training reel (7) from the subjects hand. The dog doesn't grab his own bringsel at this stage, but it is important that the bringsel is put on the dog at the very start of the training as a working signal. In this way the dog gets used to wear the bringsel and thus reduces the risk for blind indications. In this initial phase the reel (6) is adjusted so high that the dog can't grab it even if he try. Under a long period of time the dog get used to wear the bringsel, without blind or distant indications. When the day arrives that you let the dog fetch his own bringsel, start with the reel (6) adjusted so low that the dog easily can fetch it. At this stage there is a small risk that the dog can fasten with a leg in the bringsel. The dogs usually learn to fetch their own bringsel (with a minimum of help from the subject) in one to five training sessions. After this initial period start to raise the reel by 2-3 mm (1/10 of an inch) on one side, the next time on the other side. Keep on raising the reel until the subject reports that the dog has problems fetching it and then stop. The higher the reel hangs the lesser chance for problems. Two things happen gradually: 1) The dog figure out a better and better technique to fetch the bringsel. If the dog fasten with his leg in the bringsel in the beginning, he will usually after a while learn to keep his paws away from the opening. The arch of the reel (6) can be adjusted. A smaller radius usually helps. After this period there is rarely problems.
Good luck with your training.