In that case, I wouldn't personally frighten her any more with the harness for a while , otherwise you are establishing a long term fear of it ( same as you can with a wrongly/misused used/misunderstood 'command word')Thanks for those suggestions. She makes a run for it soon as she sees the harness. I put the harness on the floor and some food or a toy in front of it, she approaches with caution then backs away. She doesn't seem to mind much if I place it on her back as long as she doesn't see it in my hand
All good points.In that case, I wouldn't personally frighten her any more with the harness for a while , otherwise you are establishing a long term fear of it ( same as you can with a wrongly/misused used/misunderstood 'command word')
She is a baby and sounds like a confident baby however EVERYTHING is brand new and you want to encourage her confidence, not knock it, so there is no need to force the issue.
As humans we want everything sorted out yesterday but we humans have the ability of speech and an explanation of why we do things however for dogs if you break trust early on they do hold onto things as it brings up 'bad memories' each time they see it and react as they did at the start as they work on 'how it feels' so it can take a long time (or never) for them to get over those things.
She needs to get used to your hand, holding anything and the bandage/wrap is soft and gentle and an ideal way for her to gain confidence and trust in you and accept ANYTHING you want/need from her, so build up to her seeing you holding it, while rolled up, stroke her with it like that and then draping it over her and it doesn't matter if it falls off just gives you the opportunity to place it on her again.
I agree, you should try to get a harness that is easy to put on, not a step in. Also, taking her for a short walk to get her mind off of it is best. Do you have a friend or neighbor who can gently help you put the harness on her that you have now? Once it's on and she has had a few walks in it, she should get used to the one you have now too. Good luck, I have no suggestions for type of harness, but an online search will find you ones good for small dogs like Chihuahuas.Waiting will make the problem worse. I know she would get used to the harness quickly if it's associated with going outside where she could explore and sniff. But I can't get the thing on her. Maybe a different kind of harness? I'm using one of those step in harnesses.
Maybe you just need to be more confident yourself, and just do it. The dog senses your stress about it.....could that be an issue? I am very empathetic to creatures and sometimes I've found that's not a good thing.The step in harnesses are suppose to be as easy as they come, just place it on the floor with the dog standing in the opening and you pull the straps up over its back, easy peasy. Maybe I'll have better success with one made out of a softer material.
You made my day, that sounds wonderful! Sooo happy she's come around on that and is enjoying some time outdoors with you. I know it took a lot of patience on your part, and I'm sure she loves you for it.Oh yes, I can get her harness on easily now, she doesn't fight me anymore. She likes going in the backyard and on the front porch but she doesn't like walks. She whimpers and lies down on the sidewalk, but on the way back home she runs like a greyhound chasing after a rabbit. But slowly it's getting better. Thanks for asking.
I bet if I met her I could get her to relax and trust me. Many times I've met folks with rescued dogs who were shy or afraid of people. I am sincere, usually get down, speak softly to them, let them smell the top side of my hand then gently pet them under the chin when they're ready. After that, if I see them again, they are much better and not so afraid.She doesn't pay much attention to people or dogs, sometimes she will watch them as they pass by, if someone tries to pet her she becomes scared and backs away. But that's okay as long as she doesn't bark or act aggressively. She's a good dog, she's quiet and sleeps through the night. My only annoyance with her is she jumps to get a attention and likes chewing on fingers and clothes rather than her toys.