Has anyone used the Aviator brand of harness for their QP?
I wanted Bonnie to be able to come for walks with us outside, so I read up and bought the extra small size some months ago (she only weighs about 95-100 grams) and let her play with it as a toy for a while.
Eventually I felt the time was right to put it on her....but just as I was doing it, she got spooked by a noise outside and ended up flapping around in it before I'd got it completely on her.
The bottom line is that now she won't even look at it without freaking out.
We bought one years ago for Casey, she freaked out about it too, even though we did like you and gave her time to get used to it. Its tucked away now, and I just take her outside in the travel cage, she likes that. Sorry I am not any help
I bought one for my CAG, and she wants nothing to do with it. It can be a very, very hard thing to introduce to an adult bird, but it's theoretically possible. I just haven't spent the time necessary. I recommend reintroducing her, in tiny increments. Put it out somewhere in the room where she can see it, and let her get used to that. Bit by bit, move it closer to her. Eventually start playing with it. Let it touch her, etc., etc. Let her get comfortable with each step before you move to the next, and give her lots of praise and rewards. If it were my grey we were talking about, I'd say it would take months, if not years to actually get her strapped in to the thing, if ever. But she is extremely cautious, and Bonnie may adapt a lot easier. I would never be able to get 21 year old Peppy into one.
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
Thanks, both of you...I suspect I'll have to retire the harness, as Bonnie carries on like a pork chop when I simply pick it up in front of her. Maybe I can buy one in a different colour and trick her, but I think she is too smart to fall for it. .
I was holding her quite gently while putting it on, which meant she broke free and flapped when she got the noise fright...I think the mental damage is done now, so probably won't try it again anytime soon, or maybe not at all. I'm not sure at this stage. Yes, the relationship is the most important thing. And I want to get our back porch enclosed as soon as I can pay for it!
Post by Sharyn and Mr P on Oct 26, 2014 10:30:50 GMT -5
The harness comes with a DVD that is supposed to instruct you how to gently break them into wearing it without damaging them to the point that they don't want anything to do with it. We have not even watched the DVD, we had other issues to overcome when I first adopted Mr P.
I may give it a try in our 2nd year together, which is coming up