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At Walk Time It's Crate Time

I walk our 2 yr old female about the same time every day--plus or minus an hour or two. She seems to enjoy the walk, but dislikes getting harnessed up. When she sees me getting ready for the walk, she will go to her crate and almost refuse to come out. I've tried calling and treats. She seems fine after the harness is on, but getting her started out of the crate is very difficult.

Does anyone have an idea of how to overcome this? and Thanks!
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Ugh, I go through this daily with Brody. He doesn't go into his crate, he hides behind a chair in the corner where it's hard to get at him. The thing is, once I have him he's really good about sitting still and letting me put the harness on him. He doesn't fight it at all and it only takes a few seconds. I'm not sure why all the drama when I get it (or he THINKS I'm getting it).

Of course this is always while I'm trying to leave for work and usually am running late and don't have time for his theatrics.

I've always treated him after putting on his harness and he's always perfectly happy once the harness is on - he gives a shake and then runs over to the treat spot. I'm thinking maybe I should switch up how I treat him for this and maybe treat him for coming when I get the harness out or something.

He doesn't like me taking it off either.

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I'm wondering if it could be pulling the hair when you're putting it on? We have the opposite problem with Abby. She hates to get in her crate when we're leaving so DH calls them and puts their collars and leashes on them and THEN takes them to the crates. Getting the collars on usually means a walk - their favorite thing! McGee always runs right into his but Princess Abby has to be PUT in!!! Treats do no good for her, either. We give them a treat once they're in their crates and when we get home Abby's is still there!

Tracy, I think the idea for treating him for coming is a good one.

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Pepper was the same way!

He used to skitter away and we'd have to catch him to put it on. We began treating him for coming to us to put the harness on, and then praising him lavishly once it's on. Now he tolerates the process but it's clear this is not his favorite thing to do. Once it's on he's fine. He has a puppy cut so I know it's not pulling hair. We joke that, if he were human, he'd be that kid stripping off his diaper or shoes.

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There's a few of us here who go through this daily.
Same with Henry.
I have to CARRY him from bed to the front door for morning walk.
All other times of the day I have to sneak up on him and then carry him to the door.

His preference, while he does enjoy the walk and meeting and greeting folks and dogs, is to stay inside with his toys.
Once he ran under the bed and when I tried to get him out, he snapped at my finger.

I simply can not give a treat each time he goes to the door. Plus I think he's smarter than that.
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Thanks all for the replies. Guess the behavior is somewhat common. At least it appears I am not doing anything to directly cause it.
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Cash too. doesn't mind the walk, but does not like a leash or harness.




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I've always treated him after putting on his harness and he's always perfectly happy once the harness is on - he gives a shake and then runs over to the treat spot. I'm thinking maybe I should switch up how I treat him for this and maybe treat him for coming when I get the harness out or something.
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Roki goes to his hiding places when he sees his rain trousersuit in my hand. He doesn't like it at all! i guess your baby doesn't like harness. Maybe you should try with soft collar. I use rolled leather collar. It is soft, with minimum contac with hair/skin, it doesn't mat or pull hair...
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We use a rolled leather collar, which she wears all the time. And we never attach a leash to it. We use a step-in harness, so I think it must be the act of putting it on that she doesn't like, and/or being apprehended to put it on. Once its on, she shakes twice and is ready to go merrily on her way. We always treat after the walk.
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