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I never had trouble with ours trying to escape the harness until one of my kids missed a leg hole in the harness. During the walk it must have been rubbing or tangled or something because he kept stopping and eventually he got out of it. After that, even when it was on properly, he realized he could do the little head duck thing and get it off. He did the same thing as Shadow for a while, though - he didnít try to get out of it unless he was in an extremely enticing situation, so I wasnít too worried. Then my kids came running inside one afternoon, both hysterical, because he was running at top speed in circles around the park in front of our house. They were terrified because we live near the entrance to our neighborhood, which is off a busy road, and they were afraid he would run into the street. After a few minutes of standing helplessly while he ignored cheese and dashed about, he just ran proudly up to us and invited us for more play! After that we bought a new harness, swore weíd start practicing recall every day, and started taking him to off leash areas more often so he can run around.
The new harness only lasted a few weeks. Soon after a trainer in our neighborhood suggested some of what I had perceived as hyper excitement might be stress on a leash. She suggested a slip lead, which I was hesitant about because he still occasionally pulls. She was right, though, it worked immediately. He stays close to me, seems more calm, and doesnít pull. And it doesnít seem docile or anything, itís like he feels more secure.
It does seem like every time something unusual happens that makes us seem like terrible dog owners thereís an audience! When he was running around in front of our house there were families at the park. They thought it was cute except for one little girl who screamed. Apparently sheís afraid of dogs, so even though he was playing, it was super embarrassing!