Post # 1
My husband and I took in an emaciated stray last Sunday (the 5th). He’s been to the vet and is on treatment for various things but is expected to make a full recovery!
So Pete escaped from his martingale harness. This is the first time he did that. We were on our long midday walk, and I passed a book store. I decided to pop in and see if they had gotten my book order in yet. I tied him to a banister in the courtyard (not near the street) in a manner so as the leash was fed through the loop and then reclipped to his harness. I went inside. My book hadn’t arrived yet. A minute after I had gone in, I turned to leave.
Pete was sitting in front of the glass door looking at me from outside. The harness was on the ground, still clipped to the leash, which was still tied to the banister. He had not unclipped the harness. He had… Simply slipped out of it. Thank goodness he didn’t bolt.
So no more tying him up outside, even for a super quick errand.
The harness was probably not tight enough. It doesn’t feel loose right now, and I cannot fathom how he was able to wiggle out of it. However, this experience makes me want a different harness that’s more escape proof.
The harness is like so and attaches at the back, both the clip and the leash:
Post # 3
@CorvusCorax: I wouldnt bother trying to find a wiggle proof harness because your dog should never be unattended with a harness on. I have seen a lot of dogs with injuries from being left unattended with a harness on (arms out of the socket, broken paws, strangeled, collapsed trachea). Dogs panic and do silly things when left alone.
If your worried about getting a harness that they cant wiggle out of on walks, I would suggest bringing him into a local pet store and have him fitted, but that does not seem to be an issue for your dog.
Post # 4
@CorvusCorax: What a cutie! Thats amazing that he didn’t bolt away. My dog totally would have.
Post # 5
@SparkleBee11: He’s actually very good on a leash during walks, but this debacle made me worried he might try it.
The reason we use a harness is because his neck is bigger than his head. When we first brought him home, he had some anxiety about going into new rooms and he would pull back on the leash. It slipped right over his head a couple times. The only way to make it so as it does not do that is to make the collar too tight around his neck. We’ll probably look into a martingale collar, but he could probably find a way out of that too.
No more errands with my buddy, then!
Post # 6
@CorvusCorax: My pug used to get out of his harness especially if he wanted to go his own way…usually towards a bush full of dog pee messages he wanted to read (I mean sniff…)
He is so sweet, good on you for adopting. Enjoy fattening him up & loving on him 🙂
Post # 7
Oh god, how shocked were you when you saw Pete outside the door looking at you?!
A friend of ours uses a similar harness with his dog and it always slips out of it.
When I used a harness to walk my dog, I had tried so many. The one that worked best for us was the Sensation. Leash clips to the front and prevents pulling, and there is no way he could get out of it. It was also the easiest on his underarms, as the front strap is made of a softer material.
I also agree with SparkleBee11, although I wouldn’t leave my dog unattended anywhere for fear someone would take him!
Post # 8
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
Hah, I laughed out loud at the thread title, because one of my dog’s many nicknames is Houdini. He’s snapped a leash and chewed through another, but his real talent lies with escaping yards and dog parks. 6 foot privacy fence? No problem. Digging, jumping, climbing, he does it all. He’s also chewed his way out of both plastic and metal crates. It’s… intense.
But! Because of him I’ve become good at problem-solving future escape attempts. If don’t want to try another harness, you could try putting a little doggie T-shirt on him over top of the harness. It’ll be much harder for him to slip his arms and neck out of harness straps if his clothing is lightly compressing everything to his body.
Post # 9
@leembee: I had to do a double-take. And then I was surprised he didn’t run off because he was a stray until not too long ago. I guess he never wants to be abandoned again. I’m looking at the harness you suggested. We’ll have to mesure him if we’re going to order one online.
@aggie2010: That’s a really good idea too. My first dog (when I was a wee lass) was a digger too, and he charged through the invisible fence when we got one. Because there was a woodchuck across the street.
Post # 10
@CorvusCorax: My dog can escape his crate! He uses his paws to move the lock and push it out. The first time he did it, I was convinced that I just forgot to close it. Then the next morning… he did it again! That’s when I knew he was an escape artist. Now I have to clip the door to the crate AND lock it so he can’t bust out every day.
Post # 11
We use martingale collars for our dogs. I have had the one dog slip out twice, but he really has to be backing up in a weird way for that to happen.
Post # 12
My dog used to scape from her harness CONSTANTLY. Didn’t matter how tight it was. It got so bad we stopped walking her and would let her run in the fenced back yard, instead.
@MaggieF: Man, pugs and harnesses. My Houdini dog was a pug, too!
Post # 13
@CorvusCorax: just want to say you are a good person for rescuing!
Post # 14
Awww what a cutie!
Our old dog also used to slip out of her harness, but she wasn’t well trained yet, so she’d be off and chasing bunnies in a heartbeat. She also used to chew through cable tie outs (those airplane wire ones). Electric fences did not stop her from chasing bunnies, except cause me a battle when I tried to drag her back over it (3 seconds to get through it, 1 hour to bring her back).
Post # 15
@CorvusCorax: Your Houdini dog is adorable! 😀 It’s wonderful that he found a good home after what he probably went through!
Post # 16
@BrandNewBride: my dog is half pug. she escapes from our yard and her leash often. And that little shit is a runner. She thinks its a game. The only way to get her is to get in the car and open the door. She thinks we are going for a ride so she will hop right on in. without the car though she will just keep running from you.