Escape Proof Dog Harness? - The Truth About Why Your Dog Is Trying To Escape & How To Keep Her Safe
Is There Such Thing as an Escape Proof Dog Harness That Keeps The Most Talented Escape Artist Dogs Safe and Secure?
To answer this question, you need to understand why your dog is trying to escape her harness in the first place.
Once we understand the reason behind why your dog is trying to escape it’s easier to find ways to keep her safe and secure.
The Truth About Why Your Dog Is Trying to Escape Her Harness
Your dog may be trying to escape out of her harness for a few different reasons.
The harness doesn’t fit right
If your dog’s harness is too tight she’s not going to want to wear it. It may have fit perfectly the last time you put it on, but could have somehow tightened or loosened and is now uncomfortable.
If you don’t like the fit of your shirt or pants you can easily change them. Your dog is powerless to release tension on a tight harness, so their only choice is to do everything possible to escape from it.
She doesn’t like strange things going over her head
Did you know that many dogs do not like being patted on the head? Dogs consider us going over their head with our hands to be a threat to them.
Some dogs may tolerate it when you do this, but most are not thrilled with this, according to some pet experts.
Instead of trying to go over the head with the harnese try approaching slowly and from the side. Let your dog smell the harness and be around it for a while.
After some time has passed try slowly to get the harness over her head and see if you have better results.
The harness is rubbing or irritating her skin or coat
Some styles of harness are just not comfortable for some dogs to wear. Maybe it’s too bulky or the material doesn’t suit your dog for whatever reason.
Many harnesses have buckles that rest in areas that are irritating for some dogs. Short-haired dogs seem to dislike certain types of harness more than other dogs because there’s more of a chance of the buckle or material rubbing the skin and irritating.
There was a bad experience in the past with a harness
Did your dog ever have a bad experience while wearing a harness? If so, this could be why she doesn’t want to wear it now.
When humans have a bad experience we can think about it and come up with reasons why it happened.
Your dog can not do this.
If she was attacked by another dog while wearing a harness, she may think the harness caused the attack.
If you think there may be a negative association your dog has to a harness there are things you can do like positive conditioning that can help.
If your dog seems scared of his or her harness, take a step back. Place some treats or a fun toy near the harness and wait.
It may take some time but you should be able to associate the harness with good things in a short time if you practice this.
The harness has too many touch points.
Some dog harnesses are just too much for some dogs. There are hundreds or thousands of styles of harness and all have different levels of touch points.
A touch point is simply where the harness touches your dog.
Your dog may feel restricted with an over the head style harness or dog vest style harness.
A solution to this is to try a harness that doesn’t have as many touch points. The Doxin Motion harness is perfect for this because it has very few areas of material that actively touch your dog.
Dog parents that have had issues with other styles of harness have told us countless times that our harness does not bother their dog when many others did.
This is likely because the harness is super lightweight and does not touch your dog in a lot of areas of her body.
The reason that our customers love our harness so much is because their dogs don’t hate it.
A few times a week we get emails and messages from people that say their dog doesn’t like most harnesses but love wearing ours.
One guess to why this is, is because the harness does not “touch” your dog on many parts of the body.
Since we don’t speak dog it’s hard to know exactly why dogs love our harness when they hated other harnesses in the past...but we have a few guesses.
The Main Reason Why the Doxin Motion Harness Is Loved by Dogs
It doesn’t have a lot of touch points - Our harness does not have a lot of material that is going to touch and bother your dog.
This lightweight design has to be a major reason why dogs do not mind wearing it.
It Goes On Very Fast …(8 Seconds) - Once you know how to put the Doxin Motion harness on, it takes about 8 seconds to get on.
It’s lightweight- Your dog doesn’t want to be weighed down by a harness or feel restricted. Our harness is very light to wear and will not bother your dog one bit.
How To Get Your Dog To Love Wearing Her Harness
If your dog isn’t a big fan of wearing her harness it’s not a hopeless situation.
You can work with your dog to get her used to having a harness put on and wearing it for your walks.
Even if your dog hates having things go over her head there is hope that you can be successful in getting her to enjoy wearing a harness for your daily walks.
Here’s What to do If Your Dog Is Scared to Wear a Harness or Doesn’t Like It
If your dog doesn’t like her harness or is scared of being around it there are some activities you can do that will help condition her so that being around the harness becomes less painful.
You can start by placing the harness close to you and the dog and put some treats nearby.
Don’t try to force your dog to interact with the harness or try to put it on at this point...very important.
Just let your dog get used to being near the harness and associating some good treats or toys so the harness is no longer a scary thing to her.
Once she becomes more comfortable near the harness then you can amp up the game slowly by actively bringing the harness closer to her.
After a while, if you take your time you should be able to turn this into being able to put the harness on without all the stress.
Is There Such a Thing as a 100% Escape Proof Dog Harness
The reason so many people search online for an escape proof dog harness is because some companies market their harness as being escape proof.
But anyone that lives in reality knows that a completely escape proof harness is mostly a fantasy for many dog parents.
The truth is that if you have a dog that wants to get out of a harness, he is going to find a way to get loose from almost any harness available today.
Unless the harness is welded on and fits like a suit of armor there’s always a chance your dog will be able to get out of it.
Looking for an escape proof dog harness is looking at the situation in a way that is going to lead to trouble.
A better idea is to learn why your dog is trying to escape in the first place and try to prevent the behavior. When the behavior is solved then any harness will be escape proof.
A dog that loves his harness won’t try to escape it in the first place.
Why Do Dogs Try to Escape In the First Place?
Dogs are natural roamers and are always looking for adventure.
And this means your dog may try to escape your yard or her harness to find that adventure. There are a few different reasons your dog is trying to escape.
Your dog is bored - If your dog is trying to wiggle out of a harness or escape from your back yard one of the leading reasons is pure boredom.
She’s protecting the territory - Another reason your dog may want to get free of her surroundings is to protect the area.
What you see as a friendly neighbor enjoying a walk outside with their dog can be seen as a threat to your dog. Escaping the harness or getting out of the yard may just be his way of keeping the area secure from all of the threats.
When your dog is trying to escape an area, or a harness you have to determine why that is happening so you can solve the root of the problem.
How To Keep Your Dog From Escaping the Yard
The obvious answer to this is to make sure you have a secure fence in your yard. This isn’t always possible though.
If you share a fence with a neighbor your fence may be old and with plenty of places for your dog to dig under or squeeze through to get out.
You may be surprised to find that dogs can get themselves in very small areas when determined to get out and roam.
Electric Fences are Excellent at Keeping Dogs in Your Yard - But They Require a Lot of Work to Set Up & Can
Invisible barriers are a great way to keep your dog from escaping your yard. But you have to dig holes and set up all kinds of gadgets to get them to work.
The next generation of dog yard safety is the Halo Collar. The Halo Collar is simply a collar that your dog wears that communicates with the Halo Collar app using GPS technology.
Your dog is free to roam around the yard, but once he gets near the “fence” that you have designated, the collar gives him a little warning about the path he’s on.
If you are worried that your dog is going to escape from her harness or from your yard you’ll need a permanent behavior solution.