A Harness

28 Jan

It hit me that in May I have to take Sky to the vet for his shots.  I don’t know how that’s going to work.


I cant’ keep a collar on him (although he still has collar #3).  Every time I try to hold him by the collar, he flops like a fish out of water and pulls it off.

I don’t know how he keeps working it loose.  I decided I better start coming up with a plan.  I ordered a harness!

“What’s a harness?”

Just measuring him for the harness was an adventure.  By my best sorta measurement, he needed a large.  It arrived this week.

I actually managed to get it on him, and then he flopped around.  He was working so hard to see, eat, or destroy it that he fell into the bookshelf and wall.  It was like he was drunk.

This weekend we started our training.  No big deal to start leash training a German shepherd when they’re a year old.  No biggie.  Really.

I am glad I still have four months before I have to take him off the farm though.  We’re gonna need it.



8 Responses to “A Harness”

  1. Casper O' Hane January 28, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

    I am curious, what is the brand of that harness and do you like it?

    • Teresa January 28, 2018 at 5:08 pm #

      It is Rabbitgoo, and so far I really like it. The handle on the back is awesome! I could control him when my mom came to visit, which is the area I really needed for training him. He just gets so puppy excited around people that he won’t listen to me. He slipped out of it the first time I put it on, but I adjusted it, and now it seems to be perfect. You can check it out here.

      • Casper O' Hane January 28, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

        I’ve heard of it, and have considered buying it because of the ring on the front. My main concern is whether it has enough padding in the armpits. That’s the part on my dog that always gets rubbed.

      • Teresa January 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm #

        I never thought to check that out. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that, but I don’t think Sky will have it on that much.

      • Casper O' Hane January 28, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

        Also, I just wrote a post about loose leash walking, perhaps it could help.

  2. bagheeracr January 28, 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    Good luck!
    Kendall has a ‘jacket’ that she wears when she’s ‘working’, we got her used to it by putting it on right before something every dog likes- dinner!

  3. CJ January 28, 2018 at 5:50 pm #

    There is a specific type of collar (Martingale) that has been an absolute LIFESAVER when it comes to my dog who is Houdini when it comes to getting out of her collar! http://store.lupinepet.com/large-dog-originals-martingale-collar/ << We haven't had an escape from one of those yet, and believe me, she has put it to the test! I tried harnesses with her, but found they only encouraged her to pull (like a sled dog mentality I suppose). Good luck with Sky!

  4. Jeanne January 28, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    I don’t envy you. It could be a long haul, but I’ll pray for your success. Please give us updates as the weeks go by. That looks like a very nice harness. I hope the links the other readers have posted will be helpful.

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