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Harness woes!

Discussion in 'Clothing, Leashes & Collars' started by Wendy C, Jun 29, 2020.

  1. Wendy C

    Wendy C Premium Member

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    Have mercy!! Cooper has a new harness (Rabbitgoo brand). It fits him great, but you would think we had stuck a ball and chain on him!! No pep in his step!! We switched from putting the leash on his collar for the times he gets so wound up hearing motorcycles and big trucks and he pulls so hard we felt he would hurt himself. We are going on a hike later this morning and I thought although he doesn’t need it at the lake it’s one of his favorite places so he might tie the two together and realize we aren’t trying to torture him! lol. Any other suggestions? He has only had it 2 days. Thanks! :)
     
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  2. Sharon7

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    I think bear with it and he will soon forget. Meadow wasn't crazy about hers either at first but after a couple of days she ignored it. Maybe put it on and get him to play with a favorite toy right away? Also maybe associate putting it on with a "Want to go for a walk?".
     
  3. Wendy C

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    Thanks that’s what we did today...as we put it on we asked him if he wanted to go to the lake. Once he got there he seemed to forget about. These dogs do have opinions on everything lol
     
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    Yeah!!! Glad you had success!!!

    Yes, they do! Brodie actually would drag his feet on different leashes, run away, not be excited to go for a walk. Now he sits and waits for us to put his lead on - likes the cotton slip lead we use on him. Go figure....
     
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  5. DianeP

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    Mindy hates getting a leash and harness on. She is fine and happy once it’s on. I’ve worked with her with treats on it since the beginning, but we got her at 4 months and the breeder had never had a leash on her! She’s the only dog I've ever had who doesn’t get excited when she sees her leash.
     
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  6. Wendy C

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    It was a short lived success! lol Last night he stood in the living room while hubby sat on the bench by the door with his leash in hand (Cooper couldn’t see the harness) and finally had to get up and get him. This morning he stood at the top of the stairs with me at the bottom holding a treat without the leash or harness visible begging him!! Finally I “dropped” the treat on the floor and in true Sheltie style he flew down the stairs to grab it and I grabbed him. He walked fine, but when we bumped into his best buddy Murphy the Bearded Collie I swear Cooper was complaining to him about his sneaky Mom! :).
     
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  7. DianeP

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    They are so smart! Mindy knows all the signals about her leash/harness and will sulk under the dining room table. I now get everything ready and go sit down nonchalantly with the leash and harness and start doing something else. In a moment or two, she comes up beside me to get it put on. It seems to work much better if it’s her idea, not mine. True Sheltie!
     
  8. Elei

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    Is it possible the harness is rubbing or pinching anywhere? You've probably already checked for that.
     
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  9. Wendy C

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    We have changed it a couple of times loosening it here and tightening it there. lol. He seems fine now I think sometimes they just don’t want change. His harness is in a drawer in the bench where we keep all of his things (there is a lot) and this morning he just sat there as I opened the drawer and put it on. He got a big atta boy (rather than a treat as we are trying to keep his weight down). He has a stubborn streak, but once you break through that he is lovely! ha ha ha. :)
     
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