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Ruby loves to go out and we have to spell out W-A-L-K when planning an outing because she will get so excited about just hearing the word. But for some crazy reason in the last two weeks she has developed an aversion to putting on her harness and leash and will run into her crate when she sees it no matter how much we emphasize that she is going for a walk. Once we get the harness on her she seems to have no complaints or issues with the harness itself and loves the walk experience. This aversion has been escalating so we didn't take her for a walk all last week because she always ran away to her bed. She seems disappointed that no walk is happening but if we bring out the harness she runs away again. It does not seem to be some kind of game. She just doesn't want to put the harness on. We left her alone and went without her a few times to try and communicate that no harness means no walk but she couldn't compute. What to do?
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Is it an over the head harness? A lot of dogs don't like those. I would respect her feelings and try a different type of harness.


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Is it an over the head harness? A lot of dogs don't like those. I would respect her feelings and try a different type of harness.
It is a step in harness.



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It is a step in harness.
It still sounds like something might be hurting her, or at least irritating her about putting the harness on.

If you are ABSOLUTELY SURE it's not, I'd start slowly getting her used to it again using the clicker. Leave it out where she can see it all the time. Feed her next to it. When she is relaxed about eating next to it, put it on the floor. When she looks at it, click/treat. When she's doing that consistently, click/treat for touching it with her nose. Next click/treat for touching it while you hold it. Then click/treat for stepping on it with your hand right there, then for letting you put her feet in the holes, then for letting you snap the harness then take it right back off. By then, she should be pretty happy about the whole harness thing.

Don't rush this process. It might take several weeks to get through all the steps, especially if she's become really averse to it. But having a dog who is relaxed and easy to harness up is SO worth it!
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My first guess is that at one time perhaps the clicking in of the clasp caught her hair the wrong way just enough that you wouldn't notice it but Ruby would. You might try a completely different harness or buckle collar one time just to see what her reaction is......one that doesn't click. If she doesn't react, then the clasp might be the issue as well as the "click" sound that is made as it snaps closed.....on her hair. Good Luck, Nancy
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My first guess is that at one time perhaps the clicking in of the clasp caught her hair the wrong way just enough that you wouldn't notice it but Ruby would. You might try a completely different harness or buckle collar one time just to see what her reaction is......one that doesn't click. If she doesn't react, then the clasp might be the issue as well as the "click" sound that is made as it snaps closed.....on her hair. Good Luck, Nancy
Chi Chi has been having the same experience. Now I'm wondering if it is because the velcro catches her hair.
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That is what I was thinking too the sound of the clasp or some hair getting caught without you realizing seems to make the most sense. and it's hard to not get havanese hair stuck in velcro!! Sophie 2nd's that.
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