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Hi I wonder if anyone can help Gracie is 15 weeks and I am having an awful job trying to catch her to pick her up or put on her harness. I have tried all the crafty ways of doing it. She loves chicken but she will come on command sit and down but as soon as i try and put my hand out low down to pick her up, she darts away. I dont give her the chiken of course, I have tried so many ways, and end up feeling frustrated with her. I am having to plan an hour in advance to give me time to catch her. she will of course come to be picked up when she wants to, but not when I want to. gillieflowers
 

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Our LeStat is the same but we've not trained him to 'down' and he will wait for us topick him up.
He's 2 now though and it's been hard work all round with him as he wasn't socialised as a puppy so we had it all to do when he was older.

Mind you I still have a job on getting his harness's on.....he wriggles and scwirms around all the time.
I flea'd and wormed him yesterday and he screamed the place down you'd think I was killing him.......lol
 

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Ah huh, this is the single most frustrating Chi trait I've encountered, even more so than their unwillingness to co-operate during toilet training.

They're such wicked little brats at times .... I had to either trick mine into the bathroom so I had them cornered, but then to avoid them being leary about that room, I took to trapping them on my bed. They use stairs to get up and down so once all x 3 were up, I simply remove the stairs and, voila, all trapped, harnessed and ready to go.

I've found now, after only doing this a few times, if I sit on the couch & wave their harnesses and leads around, they'll excitedly come up to me because they know they're going out.

I'm convinced it's a height thing when Chi's duck & run away, get down on their level or, at the very least, sit, and it seems to allay their silly little fears.
 

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I cant even get my girl to wear a simple little collar without running thorough the house crying like she is horribly wounded. And its just a light elastic loose collar that I want her to get the feel of. I can only imagine whats going to happen around harness time..I look forward to reading..tips!
 

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I go to puppy classes with an dog behaverist. She said that I have not established the higher archy. she has sugested that for at least 24 hrs ignore her wanting us to pick her up when she wants to be picked up, she will soon learn who is the pack leader. In 24 hrs I will see a difference and she will come when called and will let u harness her or just pick her up. I know she is getting her own way all the time, so will try what she has sugested. but many thanks for getting back to me. Gillieflowers
 

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Hi I have found out just now from a dog behaverist and trainer, that I have to establish who is pack leader. At the moment Gracie gets her own way. evan when she wants to be picked up and cuddled, I do, again she is gettinging her own way. she said ignore her for 24 hrs for a start, If she wants to be picked up dont do it, eventually she will come to you when you call,etc, as she wants attention that you havent been giving her. Then I have established who the pack leader is (me) and not her. Hope this helps you to. its hard to do, but this you must to end up with a happy obediant little dog. Gillie flowers
 

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I cant even get my girl to wear a simple little collar without running thorough the house crying like she is horribly wounded. And its just a light elastic loose collar that I want her to get the feel of. I can only imagine whats going to happen around harness time..I look forward to reading..tips!
I would leave the collar all the time and let her cry while telling her it's alright. She'll eventually stop & get used to it. Then I would do the harness the same way.
 

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Hi I wonder if anyone can help Gracie is 15 weeks and I am having an awful job trying to catch her to pick her up or put on her harness. I have tried all the crafty ways of doing it. She loves chicken but she will come on command sit and down but as soon as i try and put my hand out low down to pick her up, she darts away. I dont give her the chiken of course, I have tried so many ways, and end up feeling frustrated with her. I am having to plan an hour in advance to give me time to catch her. she will of course come to be picked up when she wants to, but not when I want to. gillieflowers
Put the harness on & leave it on until she gets used to it. It's important to always talk to your chi especially when you want to go for a walk. Always in a happy exciting voice letting them know it's "FUN Time" I wouldn't give her treats to get her to do what you want as she'll expect it all the time. If you can't catch her, you can try sitting on the floor ignoring her & she'll probably come to you. Or lay on the floor hiding your face singing a little tune, she'll think mommy wants to play. Remember to praise when she does what you want.
 

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Gir does this if some of my brothers try to pick him up. I think its the size thing, even though he is a big boy of almost 9lbs he is a shy thing.
I definitely believe it's a size-thing. To a chi, everything must look huge, that's why it's best to get down to their level & not be so aggressive when you are trying to get them to do what you want.

My neighbor took in a stray puppy who hates to be locked up in the pen during the day while she's at work. I've been checking on the pup (it looks part lab & around 3-4 months old). When I opened the gate, she darted out of the pen, heading for the hills. I tried not to panick, worried she'd run across the road & get hit by a car, so I walked the opposite direction & sat down while talking to her. To her, seeing me sitting down at her level, didn't threaten her. Although she was hesitant, she couldn't help herself & came over to me wanting to play & get loves. I praised her.
 

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What worked for me was putting there collars on and leaving them on. It took them a few days to get used to them but they did. Sometime's they like to bite there rabies tag that I keep on them.

When they come home I am going to get them harnesses and do the same thing with them. I want them to get used to them just like there collars so when I do get a car they can be properly secured in there dog seat that I plan on buying.

Right now when they are in the car they travel in there kennel. I worry a lot about the mode of travel though like what if we get into a car accident and the car rolls over scares me.
 

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I think the size thing is an important issue. Putting the collars on and leaving them on is definitely a good idea. But, getting them on can be tricky.

What I did in the beginning is to sit on the floor, coax him over with an irresistable treat or toy. Speak softly, while he gets close enough to gently reach out to him, put him in my lap and "trapped!" But I would also have the harness behind me on the floor so all I had to do is reach out and struggle to get it on him! lol!

Now, I use a "training collar" mostly. He doesn't like the head collar, so I use the dreaded "choke chain." I make a loop, hold a treat in my hand through the loop and slip it over his head while he eats the treat. If the chain is used properly, it doesn't damage the trachea. He doesn't pull when its on him and - most importantly - he doesn't eat geese pooh at the park!

15 weeks is still quite young! They do get easier as they get older. Putting a harness or collar on can take time and patience. I have found that unlike putting one on my golden, I have to "plan ahead." give myself time to catch and harness! lol Aren't they cute!! lol.
 

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Hi that made me laugh, gracie will come to me when she wants to, but when I want her to, Oh no she is off. Its all to do with I am told who is the pack leader, at the moment most of the time its her. Ah well !!!!
It has NOTHING to do with who's pack leader and a lot to do with age and playfullyness and a little fear. This is a baby you are working with. Sit on the floor, have her come to you and sit on your lap and slip the harness on.
 

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thanks for your reply, and advice, Gracie, would come to me and come on on my lap if tired, or in a strange place, but at home, she is a playfull little girl and plays around me, knowing what I want to do, but wont let me do it. I have tried treats, but she will only come close enough to smell it, when I try to slowing put my hand out to pick her up, she just dances away. its all very frustrating, But I will say, when she wants me or my knee, its no problem I can pick her up just like that, so she wins in both instances. Gilly
 
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