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Blue doesn't seem to like to wear a harness, he has had one since he has been with us, but tries to get it off everytime we put it on. Does anyone else have the itching, rolling dog everytime they put a harness on?

Also, do you leave them on or put them on only for walks?

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Spock doesn't like the harness initially, but he's usually so excited to be going wherever necessitates him being on a leash (for a walk, to the park, to the pet store) that the annoyance doesn't last longer than it takes to get to the car or go outside.

We usually leave him without his harness on. When he had it on for most of last weekend during our camping trip, he almost chewed the straps in two.

I've also had a friend who had a bad harness experience: she was neglectfully leaving a harness on him all the time without adjusting it for his weight gain, and he eventually developed a sore on his chest. That was not exactly wise animal husbandry. Of course, once she discovered what happened, she got him immediate treatment and now lives in a house with a fenced-in yard where he doesn't have to have his identification on him all the time and can go without his harness or a collar. It was a pretty scary experience for her. I guess it's good to know the horror stories along with the facts, right?
 

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That does help. With the original harness, we left it on him so it was easier to take him out at night. Since that one got too small (we almost had to adjust it daily), we went to Petco and he picked out a new one. This one seems to be worse than the first one. It seems to only bother him around the buckle and that holds true for his collar and tag also.

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What type of harness are you using? If it's just a nylon strappy one, maybe it's bothering him, itching, etc. If so, try getting one that is padded a little, so that it won't annoy him that much.
I don't leave the harness on Chloe all the time, just when out for walks. I live in an apartment, so when we are at home, she has nothing on her.
 

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We may have to try to find a padded one. Unfortunately, we don't have much selection living in Wyoming. He is fenced in when in the back yard and we don't let him out on his own so I am not too worried yet, but we eventually want to take him to the lake so we want him to be used to wearing one.

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We only use the harnesses for going out walking, or camping (then only during the day) They so love to walk that they get excited when they see us coming with the harnesses. Snoopy actually pushes his head into his! They have to be adjusted correctly to avoid rubbing. You can probably order padded ones on the internet.
 

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I only use their harnesses for walks. They don't mind wearing them but I don't leave them on all day either. Boomer has gotten rub spots under his arms from the nylon and pulling too hard. I used to keep him on a harness in the backyard because he kept finding ways out. He is the only one that tries to roll when I put their harnesses on, but once we get going he is okay with it.

The Sporn harness that I got to try is working really well but I don't know how it would hold up for all day use plus I would think that they could catch the long part that the leash attaches to on stuff.

The only one our dogs have ever objected to is the gentle leader head halter.
 

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Derby + Cowboy are both fine with harnesess on them- when we're with them, that is. Twice I left Derby's on him, and he chewed it to pieces both time. It also happened twice with Cowboy too, lol.
 
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