|Barked: Wed Jun 20, '12 1:08am PST |
|this might be just a reminder, but dogs instnctively don't like things going over their heads. over the head harnesses sometimes are too much for them psychologically, and if he is not getting good experiences while he is getting it on, and then he is jerked around after wearing it, he is not going to want it on. we used yo keep our schnauzer pups in collars until they were almost 1 year just so they are over puppy fears and more likely to accept it, and old enough to understand that wearing one is important.
oh it was a chore to get one on Taggert for the first time. I don't think he had ever worn a collar or harness in his life and he was between 1.5-3 years old when we got him. he was terrified of the roman style going oer the head, and he wouldn't even touch a puppia style.
the step ins on the little guys are easy for them to get their teeth into. both of my dogs had them as first harnesses, and both of them wound up being able to hook their jaw ito it and chew their way out, usually while we were sleeping and were unable to scold them. Chihuahua physiology, tiny, flexible, shorter neck and so forth. they are contortionists. people have to remember that their personality is very much like terrier personality, only they're more flexible. they are ninjas.
We folowed the humane society's direction and used those nylon loop leashes that you thread through the leash and it forms a loop for the neck. they reccomended having one of those and putting it on him and letting him drag it around the house under supervision so that you can help if it gets caught, but he can remove if he feels uncomfortable. it's really easy for him to get it off his neck without someone to hold it on the other end, so he got to feel more comfortable about things that go over the head. When we started with the step in harness, put the harness on the ground, put the dog's paws in the hole, and draw up the harness over the back. it's easier if you face the dog away from you while you do this so that no part of you crosses over the head. tell him he is a good dog when it is on. eventually you will not have a problem, but 4 months is still very young. you can also desensitize them to actions over the head by petting them.
Edited by author Wed Jun 20, '12 1:19am PST
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