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    Hi! Wondering if anyone has experienced this and has any ideas.

    Whenever I put a harness on Izzy she goes into a depressive state like no other. She will only walk along the wall for a few steps, collapses like a load of bricks and refuses to move. If i pick her up she will go right back down and refuses to go outside. Treats will not motivate her.

    If i take it off she springs back to life and resumes causing terror around the house. Its not tight or hurting her in anyway. Im trying to use a harness because she is very stubborn to walk and I dont want her to pull or hurt her neck. Ive left it on a few days hoping it would get better but it doesnt.

    any ideas would be great! Thanks!

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    I can't say that I have run in to this before but with bullies being as stubborn as they can be at times I wouldn't be surprised. I am of no real help here as my baby loves her harness but someone should be along shortly that can help.
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    When I first started walking Ace it took a few try's but I finally managed to get him going and keep him going. I would pick him up and set him back on his feet, offer treats, get all excited while encouraging to keep walking and so forth. After several attempts he picked up on it. Now all I have to do is put on his harness or training collar and he is ready to go. Your pup will get the hang of it. If after a few attempts she balks then maybe just call it quits for the time being and start again later. She will get the hang of no doubt. I think quite a few pups exhibit similar behavior at first but they get the idea eventually and then love it

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    Duchess was like this when she was younger- she still hates walks but has accepted them. So what I found was trying different treats - u huge hunk of hot dog, a big chunk of string cheese , beef liver, salmon etc, something you don't normally use. The next part is funny. Her harness is an easy walk that clips to the leash in front instead of on the shoulders- works great - I actually tied a huge pice of treat to the leash so that if she didn't walk I could slack up on the leash she would smell it and walk/ run to try to get it- I then would obviously slowly pull up slack- the old carrot in front of the donkey trick- it was funny watching her and guess what it worked! Good luck.

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    Fergus had a hard time leaving the front of the house. Dunno why but once he gets going he is fine. As a pup so we didnt end up carrying him everywhere we got a red wagon once we got going he would ask to be taken out to explore -img_0447-jpg-img_0418-jpg he got lots of attention as the bulldog puppy in the wagon. Now he enjoys his walk and with a little coaxing to leave the house he no longer needs the wagon.

    Izzy sure is cute

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    Dudley despised his harness. He would do the same thing...flop down and not move. I tried everything...I was losing my mind. Wend to a collar...he walks great and will go anywhere. He'll walk miles...just not with that harness!

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    Tried a couple of harnesses on a few of our bullies and none of them liked them at all either. All have regular collars and have no issues walking with them.

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    I'm no help, my 3 love their harness but wanted to say that picture is too cute!!!
    I suffer from "M.B.S." (Multiple Bulldog Syndrome)
    because one bulldog is NEVER enough!!

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    Default Re: The Harness Blues

    I don't use harnesses either - martingale collars -- but if you are determined to use a harness, try taking your pup somewhere he/she's never been. The excitement of sniffing out new smells might just overpower the desire to act depressed with the harness on. Maybe! Worth a try anyway.

    I use martingale collars because when I redirect them from a behavior (short jerk on the leash) the chain portion of the collar makes a noise. Also, because they are a lot more roomy than a standard collar, I figure more comfortable on their big huge necks. The Ruff Wear brand that I buy offers fun patterns and colors too. Gotta be fashionable, right?

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    Find a food/treat that she just will not resist.... chicken, bacon, hot dog, liverwurst...s something high value to her and ONLY use it to get her to walk on harness.
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    Default Re: The Harness Blues

    Thank you all so much! I will try these suggestions out. She walks fine with a collar.....when she wants to!!
    Im just worried about her neck when she pulls and tries to go somewhere that im not trying to go....like the middle of traffic for instance

    thanks again!

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    Default Re: The Harness Blues

    Quote Originally Posted by CBJNAD View Post
    Hi! Wondering if anyone has experienced this and has any ideas.

    Whenever I put a harness on Izzy she goes into a depressive state like no other. She will only walk along the wall for a few steps, collapses like a load of bricks and refuses to move. If i pick her up she will go right back down and refuses to go outside. Treats will not motivate her.

    If i take it off she springs back to life and resumes causing terror around the house. Its not tight or hurting her in anyway. Im trying to use a harness because she is very stubborn to walk and I dont want her to pull or hurt her neck. Ive left it on a few days hoping it would get better but it doesnt.

    any ideas would be great! Thanks!

    -izzy3-jpg

    If I put any thing around Remi, like a harness, a fleece winter jacket, it has the same affect as a thunder shirt. The thunder shirt is like a swaddling device and if I put it on him, he basically shuts down and doesn't want to do anything but lay down. I wonder if this could be happening here?

    Have you tried just putting her in the car and going to a park? Does her demeanor change? Remi hates getting into his harness, but after a few minutes, he's fine. There is that initial moment of deadpan silence where he won't even move though. But his excitement snaps him out of whatever zone he goes in. You could try a step in harness if she won't budge though. I think it feels a little more natural for them.



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