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Question Using a Collar AFTER a harness

I want to start using a colalr on Beamer rather than the harness we have used with him since he was 14 weeks old. I put it on today and carried him outside. He had no idea what I was up to or why i was trying to torture him. He was just pretty much frozen and biting at the leash when I tried to make him move.

So i need some puppy 101 help!! How do I successfully transition him to a collar?

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how old is Beamer?

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I'm with Beamer. Use the harness.
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Beamer is almost 17 months old.

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Actually Ryan, you may want to try it on in the house and let Beamer drag it around with him and reward him every time he leaves it alone. It is a different feeling - have you got a martingale collar? Those can be very useful too.


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Hmmmm... Of course, a good idea would be to wear it in the house, loosely, distracting him with his favorite pastime for a few days.
...So funny, how all "God's children" are creatures of habit! You can teach him, I bet.

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Nooo, not a martingale collar, just a standard rolled leather one. I think he would really freak out if i used that...

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ryan, we have used a harness on coco since she was born (22 mo) and just changed to a collar. my DH walks her each am and really prefers the collar now, he has much more control. i am sure beamer will adjust with time. we should have listened to kimberly re collars, she is always right!!
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Nooo, not a martingale collar, just a standard rolled leather one. I think he would really freak out if i used that...

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Ryan he actually might freak out less with this collar...you can keep him "naked" around the house and when you are working use the martingale? Maybe. My mom uses one with her sheltie, who has a tendency to pull, and even pull totally out of her collar. It's nice because she has the control when she needs it, but it's a humane way to have the control.

Are you switching because you want him to "work" on a leash, vs. just walk where he wants to with a halter?

The main reason I never put Posh on a halter is I wanted her to be "working" on her leash, not just walking and I've never had a problem ever with her pulling on a lead. I also have read that just the actual feeling a harness gives a dog makes it more comfortable for them to pull. This may be why harnesses are used with sled dogs?

Hmmm....
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Actually Ryan, you may want to try it on in the house and let Beamer drag it around with him and reward him every time he leaves it alone. It is a different feeling - have you got a martingale collar? Those can be very useful too.
Exactly what I was going to say. let him wear it around the house until he gets used to it.
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