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SS hates harness - any advice?

Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 07:07
by Oaca
Hi, our 6 X month standard loves going for walks. We use s harness rather than collar (as I feel it's safer and also he's a tendency to pull at the moment).

However, he seems to hate the process of harness on/off. Probably it going over his head might be the problem, though he doesn't had any other issues with being touched/stroked over head/ears.

I've looked at step in types (where lead then connects to a doublr d ring) such as doodle boomerang but some reviews state these can easily be escaped from?

Does anyone have experience in a 'not over head' type harness that's strong enough for s big standard (he's 19kg already) - that's available to UK

Thank you

Re: SS hates harness - any advice?

Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 10:00
by Dawnspell
Its quite common Ive had it with both mine.

I did see this video the other day which I would have tried if Jasper wasnt ok now.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avkJQg8kadE

The next stage is on instagram i couldnt find it on youtube
https://www.instagram.com/p/CLMyjWjhB_S/

Re: SS hates harness - any advice?

Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 10:16
by Oscar 12345
Very common for schnauzers not liking harness and particularly anything going over their heard and lying on their back. Perfect Fit harnesses are brilliant, they don't go over the head, you clip them around the neck and there is a belly strap. They come in 3 parts so you can custom the fit exactly. If you get the wrong size they swap them for a different size. Excellent product. I have a routine now, Otto sleeps in a pen in our bedroom so when I fit the harness just before going downstairs. Saves me having to coax the monkey out from under the dining table.

Re: SS hates harness - any advice?

Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 11:15
by Dawnspell
Oscar 12345 wrote:
22 Feb 2021, 10:16
Very common for schnauzers not liking harness and particularly anything going over their heard and lying on their back. Perfect Fit harnesses are brilliant, they don't go over the head, you clip them around the neck and there is a belly strap. They come in 3 parts so you can custom the fit exactly. If you get the wrong size they swap them for a different size. Excellent product. I have a routine now, Otto sleeps in a pen in our bedroom so when I fit the harness just before going downstairs. Saves me having to coax the monkey out from under the dining table.
I've modified the harnesses I've got by putting a clip in myself on the neck section thinking it was going over the head that he didnt like. Didnt make any difference it was the feeling of it on his back. He would be all excited for a walk and head towards the hallway, he'd see the harness and that was it he was off, and theres no catching Japser even in the house :-o He fine with collar as soon as he sees it he comes running for it on so I turned it into a game of holding the collar but having the harness nearby and gradually desensitising so I could hold harness and collar and hed come but I'd only put collar on. Eventually we moved to harness along with giving tasty rewards. Now he runs into hallway and has harness on, he'd still refer his collar though :))

Re: SS hates harness - any advice?

Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 12:23
by Oscar 12345
Yeah, I still have to confine him to avoid the hiding problem. In the afternoon I just shout "won't be long" and he comes rushing to me because he thinks I am going out without him and the pre bed-time wee is with his collar so he's always waiting by the door. I agree, they are very sensitive about anything on their backs, if the lead just touches his side when we are walking he then does the crab walk moving sideways in the opposite direction so it must be torturing him. Interestingly, when I remove his harness he licks it. What's that all about?

Re: SS hates harness - any advice?

Posted: 22 Feb 2021, 14:28
by Dawnspell
He's stopped hiding now thank goodness. One of the many reasons I prefer harness is Jasper will do the crab walk on a collar and it cant be good for posture walking like that.