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Hello all,

I hope you had a good New Years eve and the chis were calm whilst the fireworks went off? Archie wasn't phased which was brilliant!

He is now 3 months old and will soon be able to go out after his second vaccination, and will be going to puppy club. I particularly don't want to carry him around and if I do let him go, I don't have any control over where he goes because he has nothing on him.
He is very good on recall when new people are around. He will come straight back but hasn't socialised with any other animal as of yet.

I am finding it hard trying to find a harness that will fit him in the UK as the XS in Pet stores are XS for normal puppies! Someone did suggest a ferret harness for the time being. Is this sensible? Or can anyone in the UK suggest where I can get a harness that will fit a 3 month old pup.
 

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We use kitten harnesses on ours when they're pups, as they don't fit in any dog harness we can find. We only JUST upgraded Finley from his kitten harness to his actual dog harness, and he's 7 months old. I don't see why a ferret harness couldn't work.
 

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I used a ferret harness for my puppies. They are a vest like harness and fit the pups just fine. I have several sizes: extra small, small and medium. I also have ferret carriers that my chi's adore.
 

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Yup. Same here....ferret harness for Jazz when she was a pup. BaxterBoo online has good XS sizing for vest type harnesses too. The ones in the photos in my siggy are from there. They are both XS and my dogs weigh around 3.5 pounds. Because they're vest harnesses with velcro closure you can snug them up a lot too, make them fit better. I love that.

And in case you're wondering about the security of the velcro, before I ever put mine in their velcro harnesses (and they have several each) I wrapped the harnesses around the newel post on my stairwell (because it was small) and attached the leash to it, and then pulled. And yanked. And tugged. And pulled some more...hard!! WAY harder than any amount of force that my dogs could exert against their harnesses. That sucker just would not come loose, which made me feel very secure.
 

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Lil' Pals makes tiny ones. They only have two sizes tiny, and really tiny. lol I found one on line. Have also seen them on ebay.
 

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Hi, I didn't like the fit or slippy material of the cat harness so stayed with the ferret harness ( pink spotted from pets at home) which did the trick and she's finally in a tiny puppy harness this week at 17 weeks. It took her a while to get use to wearing it - some short times in the house and garden then out and about when she was allowed. The same with her collar - she hated that too and still gives me sad eyes in the morning when I put it on her. I had a hard time finding a collar too. I eventually settled on a non stretch kitten collar and cut it so there wasn't huge amounts left that she could chew. I totally recommend getting a little bell on it as well it really helps in knowing where she is and what she's up to!
 

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I must be one of the few people who doesn't feel comfortable in a kitten/ferret harness. I know of at least 2 people who have had them come off. I much prefer harnesses designed for dogs. There are a few that go really tiny including the Lil Pals, Susan Lanci & Buddy Belts. EzyDog also used to make XXS chest plate harnesses which is what I used for Nibbler but I'm not sure if they make them anymore.
 

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I agree with Karen, A little pricier but Susan Lanci teacup size or the next size up xxs is a great choice or buddy belt size 1 or 2. Buddy belts are my fave as they are adjustable. I've checked eBay and there are loads on there.
 

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Thanks all. I have finally found a harness that will fit and which can be adjusted whilst he grows. Currently training Archie to get use to the harness without biting it! But I have 3 weeks until he officially can go out into the wild.. And I'm hoping that when he's at the puppy party he will just forget it's on him and focus on playing with the puppies around him.
 
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