My dog is Houdini.

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
1168 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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
694 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@CorvusCorax:  What a cutie! Thats amazing that he didn’t bolt away. My dog totally would have.

Post # 6
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@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
608 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
1822 posts
Buzzing bee
  • 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 # 10
4963 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@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
6969 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

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
11772 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

 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
1021 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@CorvusCorax:  just want to say you are a good person for rescuing!  

Post # 14
1491 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
1360 posts
Bumble bee

@CorvusCorax:  Your Houdini dog is adorable! 😀 It’s wonderful that he found a good home after what he probably went through!

Post # 16
5968 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

@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.

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