Let me tell you, when I say we've tried a billion different harnesses, I mean we've tried a billion different harnesses. They all work for a good month or so but he eventually learns how to scoop his head under it and somehow get out of it. He learns with every one. The reason he tries to escape is if we're going in a direction he doesn't want to go, or if I cut the walk short and try to take him back home before he's ready to go, he wants me to do what he wants to do. Also if we're walking anywhere near grass, he just likes to sit and roll in it. I let him do it for like 5 minutes because why not, but eventually I'm like ok, we need to start walking again. But he WON'T get off the grass! So when he sees I'm trying to pull him, he'll start trying to escape the harness again.
It's gotten to the point where because he's so terrified of the vet, I can barely even get him from my car to the vets office. Once we get to the door, he tries to slip out, and the vet is right on a main road. I'm terrified to take him to the vet this Saturday. And I've been terrified to take him for a walk lately because the other day he actually got out and started running toward the main road. Luckily, we play the game of chase all the time, so I was able to run the other direction and he followed me home. Which worked out.
But it was my worst nightmare.
Do you have ANY suggestions? What harness I can get? What collar? What leash? In the meantime we have just called an inhome trainer to come to our house once a week to teach us how to do things and train him.
He is a 9 month old golden retriever and I am a first time, very anxious, dog owner.