JRT escaping from harness - help!(14 Posts)
I am at the end of my tether with him! He is a five year old rescue dog, absolutely no recall whatsoever, quite timid, and very, very fast.
He used to have a Rogz H Harness which was fine, lasted 3 years then the buckle broke so I replaced it with an identical Rogz one, but found the webbing was a bit stiffer - I don't know if he finds/found it uncomfortable, didn't seem to mind it. But, he learnt to twist around and back out of the harness altogether...I think he realised he could do it because my husband tends to walk and let the dogs follow, dragging/pulling on the lead if necessary because he prefers to walk fast. I always make sure both dogs are in front, so I can keep an eye on them and don't mind dawdling while they sniff!
He seems to have hypermobile joints and can twist his legs right around, so the harness is tight enough for walking without it slipping/gaping, but he still gets it off.... <<<<< pic to demonstrate hyper mobile legs!
He easily flicks a neck collar off within seconds of having the lead attached...
I have tried other sorts and brands of harness: The Step in Harness
The No Pull Harness
The Vest Harness which he slipped out of today when I took him out...he just turned round, twisted his body and was out, running away. He hadn't pulled, was on a short lead, right by me.
I have been double harnessing him (didn't today as it was just a quick pee after our other dog's dementia appointment at the vets ) using the Rogz H harness and over the top of the No Pull Harness as that is light weight/slim fitting, using an extra carabiner clip to attach the lead to both harnesses at different points on the lead.
This is working, but doesn't look the best, and I don't think it is very comfy... I can't trust him (or DH ) not to escape and short of super-gluing the harness to him, I am at a complete loss as to what to try next.
Any ideas please?????
I don't think he dislikes the harness as such, he never complains about having it put on, lifts he legs to put it on and dips his head through the neck strap, walks nicely when out....more that he has learnt he can slip out with a quick flick of the shoulders. I have been looking for something tat would fix around his back legs too (he has a coat that does and doesn't mind it) but I can't find anything.
You need an Indi-Dog Houdini Ultra
There's also the Ruffwear Webmaster which is a lot more expensive and can be awkward to fit if your dog happens to be an odd shape/in between sizes.
Both have completely thwarted my escape artist, they remain the only harnesses she's never got out of!!
I use the Houdini Ultra harnesses for my whippets as well as they can slip out of most "normal" harnesses.
My jrt x Chi is in this www.wagytail.com/harnesses/plain-harnesses/black-harness.htm and he's got a rogz h-harness he hasn't managed to get out of either....yet
I know probably going to get a slapped wrist for this but have you tried a short link (normally used for multiple dog walking) between a harness and his collar?
Thankyou so much for your replies!
TrionicLettuce - That Houdini Ultra Harness looks fantastic thankyou, he (Spud) is in between sizes with the Rogz at least. Thanks to your lovely whippet too, I can see how it fits properly now...Spud's tummy is smaller than his shoulders, so that should be perfect for him. I'm going to order one now
ShitFacedTinyTim - that looks the same as the vest harness I have, I adjusted the tummy strap as small as I dared, 1 finger gap underneath, and he still flicked it off
anxious123 - I tried out double lead link thingy! It was too heavy though and slightly too long, so i have been using a webbing strap from a key chain with the caribiner clip to attach to lead....I think too harnesses is too heavy for him though, was meant to be a short term solution, but I haven't seen anything better till the Houdini Ultra that TrionicLettuce suggested!
Sorry, meant to say...he wears his collar fine, until a lead is attached and then he refuses point blank to walk, just flicks the collar off and gets panicky. He was mistreated as a pup before we adopted him at 8 months, that is why his recall is non-existant, despite lots of work and effort. He will come for a particular treat now - sometimes.
Hahahaha that's cheered me up after a rough evening with my little dog. This is my little mischief
Ahh - you could forgive that cute little face any naughtiness!
I came to recommend the ruffwesr one too! Good luck with it
Try the Dog Games Perfect Fit. It comes in 3 pieces so you really can get a perfect fit.
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