Hi everyone, brand new here and hoping to get some help. In late May I adopted a 2 year old Chihuahua mix.
When we first brought her home she would scream like you are stabbing her anytime you tried to touch her. She is doing a lot better, 95% of the time there isn't screaming anymore when you are just going for pets, and she is starting to love human touch and love.
However, she has started screaming when I am putting on her harness or leash. She's never really enjoyed putting it on, always trying to press herself down to the floor. However, it seems to be getting worse. She is screaming and crying and peeing all over from the fear. Once it is on, she has zero problems. Like, the MOMENT it is on, she is happy and knows it is time for a walk. And these aren't tiny screams either. I've had neighbors ask what is wrong- she seriously sounds like you are killing her!
I've tried several kinds of harnesses, it is the same no matter what. Her current one is one that fits her well, with velcro in front of her chest and under her ribs. I've tried over the head (she hated it) and step in (about the same reaction as the current one but a worse fit). She is absolutely fine with it being on, but also doesn't like it when I take it off! It is JUST the putting on/off that she is so afraid of.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to help her? I do treats after it is on, and she knows she gets treats.