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Trouble with the harness

Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Nigel Barnes, Jan 23, 2021.


  1. Nigel Barnes

    Nigel Barnes PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all
    We have just got a border terrier puppy she is 15 weeks old and will have her Second jab on the 15th of February we have just bought a harness for her and have found that she does not want to on how do you overcome this so she’s ready to go out for walks
     
  2. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    Go slow. Grab about 20 pieces of food and the harness. Show her the harness and give her a treat. put the harness down and let her sniff it - give her a treat. Pick it up and let her sniff it - give her a treat. First session you don't want to aim to get it on her, just get her excited when you pick it up. Do a couple of sessions like this then on the next session start the same for a couple of goes, but then hold the head opening nice and wide and have your hand with the treat on the other side of the opening so she's putting her head though to get the treat. Don't try and progress too fast, the slower you go the happier she will be with it. Next session do the same but then let it rest on her a few times, then you can progress to pretending to do it up, then clipping and unclipping. Lots of puppies don't like collars and harnesses at first, so you just have to show them that it's nothing to worry about and brings them good stuff. Once she's happy(ish) with it on have a play with her and make it fun so she sees it as the precursor to fun things.
     
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  3. Nigel Barnes

    Nigel Barnes PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Sarah
    Thank you for the advice we will try that
    Many thanks
     
  4. Peter.d.

    Peter.d. PetForums Junior

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    I have a Border terrier pup he is 9 months old. We struggled with a harness at 1 st and he always wanted to chew the lead. We changed it to a collar and a short chain lead until he started behaving a bit and now he walks fine with us.
     
  5. Nigel Barnes

    Nigel Barnes PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Peter
    Thanks for the respond
    My wife has now put a collar on her and she seems not to be too bad
    But when she try to put the lead on her she didn’t like it
    We are not sure why she is like this as when we try to pick her up she seems to cowl down
    We are not sure how she was kept before we got her
     
  6. Peter.d.

    Peter.d. PetForums Junior

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    We started off with the kids walking him around the back garden, And then we carried him around the local park to get used to new surroundings sounds daft I know but it seemed to work. We then walked him around the same route we carried him and went from there we now do between 3 and 6 miles a day.
     
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