Before I type anything else, I want to say that Pixie smushed up against my partner for the first time today!
He got his first Pixie strokes today 🙂
One of the huge problems I have with collars is how easily dogs can sli out of them, especially dogs with small heads!
The collar we have on Pixie now is as tight as it can comfortably be – you can *just* fit two fingers under it. But still when we walk her and she pulls homeward or bolts, I worry because her head is so small.
Then there’s the added worry of her damaging her neck (especially as she often bolts if something startles her).
Today I dragged out the smallest EzyDog Quick Fit harness we own, a Small I think. It *just* fits her, as in it’s really too big but it’s good to get her used to wearing one.
I mentioned buying Pixie a new EzyDog in the XS size, and my partner said we could in a few weeks when we knew what was happening with her.
Then he went out with Kaspgetrnhjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
(I like to think that was Pixie speaking in my defence XD)
Anyway yeah, he went out with Kasper and I looked on amazon Prime, and there was a camo pink XS EzyDog for £19 with only 2 left in stock…so I just had to order it.
Hopefully he won’t be too annoyed, he rarely is but I know he wants to be very cheap atm.
I’m hoping that the camo one we have now, that she’s wearing and is a bit too big, is indeed a size Small…they’ll probably let me return it if the one that arrives tomorrow isn’t the right size though, right?!
Putting the harness on Pixie was scary for her, but I just wanted to get it done. She did much better than I expected, but she was close to shutting down again…still a million times better than Zoey haha, and she’s already lying on my lap sleeping whilst wearing it 🙂
One of our struggles atm is getting the lead on her collar for walks – it’s not very nice having someone you’re already scared of reaching for your neck and having to fiddle there!
We’ve tried leaving a short lead on her collar 24/7, so for walks we can just attach a second short lead to the handle of the lead on her collar, but that causes problems too.
The main problem is the trailing lead making noise as it brushes against things, or gets caught and drags toys toys etc – for an already nervous dog this is extra scary!
And on top of that at night, a few times we’ve rolled on the lead as we sleep, and accidentally pinned Pixie somewhere!!!
With a harness not only should attaching a lead be less stressful, as it’s reaching for the mid-back over the neck, but I can probably slip the lead on easily as she sleeps on my lap too 🙂
*edited after first test!*
Getting the lead on was sooo easy, Pixie didn’t even open her eyes 😀
She was scared initially by the new feel of wearing a harness out on a walk, and was trembling more than usual for the first 15 minutes, but she was fine after that and just as confident (for her).
Success so far, now let’s hope I picked the right size for the harness tomorrow!
And the BEST THING OF THE DAY part…
We went upstairs with the cats together for 20 minutes today, leaving Pixie downstairs on her own. This is how we have been building up leaving her since day 3, and we record her each time.
She ignored the jerky we gave her (but she almost always enjoys any meals or chews we give her!) but, after less than four minutes pootling, she climbed onto our armchair and spent the last 14 minutes sitting there, dozing 🙂 ❤
Hopefully that’s a sign that she will eventually be able to cope with being left.