10-03-2014, 10:28 PM
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Did he receive any sort of leash correction while on harness? Are you certain that the harness is not hurting him in some way? Do you act frustrated when he acts up when you are trying to put on the harness? Any of those things, or a combo of them, could cause him to be reacting the way he is.
My boy was starting to play can't catch me when I went to put on one of his harnesses, but once I got it on he seemed fine. I kept picking him up when he'd try to avoid it and put it on him thinking he only needs to learn that the harness means a fun walk. That lasted till he not only tried avoiding me, but also went and hid in his crate, after that I stopped using that harness. All I can figure out is that the harness was uncomfortable in some way that I can't pinpoint. That may be the case with your dog, the harness and or collar is uncomfortable in some sort of way.
You can do counter conditioning exercises and see if that helps. To do that you'd break down putting on the harness into little, bitty, steps and get him used to each step before proceeding to the next. Use treats to get him used to each step.
An example would be...
Take the harness out and toss him treats. Do that until he's happy to see the harness.
Put the harness on the ground and put some treats around it and encourage him to sniff it...
Touch him with the harness while giving him treats.
Make sure he's comfortable with each step before moving on to the next and when you get to fastening the harness on him, only leave it on for a few seconds before removing it and build up the time you leave it on him slowly.
If he seems really uncomfortable with a step then go back to the previous one and break the next step down into smaller parts.
I've also suggest trying different collars and harnesses to see if there's any he likes, it really may be that the harness and collar is causing him some sort of discomfort.