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    My Mum brought Poppy a LOVELY warm pink camo coat. The type that does up around their chest (under their chin) and under their belly.

    When I went to put it on her she wasn't too sure but let me put it on.

    Then she stood there. Frozen like a statue. Would NOT move. She had her ears back and looked at me like "Why are you doing this to me". She had the saddest face. I left her for a few minutes. Maybe 5 thinking she may get used to it and start walking around. She didn't. She just stood completely still! So I took it off and she was happy.

    A few hours later I tried again. She let me put it on but wasn't too keen. And again she did the stand frozen to the spot thing. I tempted her with a few treats in an effort to get her to move and she didn't! Eventually she took a few steps and lay down and didn't move until we took the coat off her. I left it on a bit longer this time in the hope she would get used to it.

    What do I do? This morning it was SO cold and I had to leave at 6am. It was the perfect morning for her to wear her coat but I didnt put it on her because of her apparent HATE for it! Do I just keep trying it on her for short periods of time?

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    Well I guess firstly you have to figure out if the coat is to make you feel better or Poppy feel better?

    My Whippets; fine hair, no body fat have their coats removed at about 6am when we go for a walk. They do not like them left on for the day no matter how cold it is, even though I believe it would make them feel better and it would certainly make me feel better.

    I also know I would come home to find them ripped of themselves.

    If you want her to wear the coat then continue with the treats and just totally ignore her, no matter how long that takes, no matter how long she shuts down for. Certainly only take it off her after she has relaxed to the idea.

    Put it on her very matter of factly as though it's the most normal thing in the world to do and remember that you saying "awww Poppy doesn't like her new coat " is rewarding her for disliking it.

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    Hmmm, Good point MAC. Maybe she doesn't really NEED a coat. I have never seen her shiver when it's cold out but then again I haven't had the opportunity to observe her outside on very cold mornings/days.

    Will see how we go. Won't force the issue but will bring it out now and again. I really didn't think she would react that way to a coat though!

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    When I first bought Banjo a jumper and I put it on him he did the exact same thing just standing there frozen to the spot. He ended up just getting used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz & Banjo View Post
    When I first bought Banjo a jumper and I put it on him he did the exact same thing just standing there frozen to the spot. He ended up just getting used to it.
    Thanks Jazz. It's good to know other dogs react that way!

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    I have a freezer (put the coat on him and he freezes), i just put the coat on him and kick him outside, he gets into his kennel and is ok, I work till 5am some mornings and it can get down to -6 degrees over night (sometimes more) so no way they are not having coats on! He puts up with it, but is very happy when i take it off

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    we are in the mts and its cold- down to zero some mornings. Roscoe sleeps outside, I put his coat on and out he goes, snuggles into his kennel. The coats are off by 730am- and its often 3 to 6 degrees at that time. Coats stay off all day.
    If you are putting her outside where its really cold at night I would enforce the coat on. During the day the dogs lay in the sun and run around, she prob does not need it. If inside I doubt she needs it either.

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    Lady acted like how you described when I first put her on. Look nervous, tense and wasn't keen on moving, she just had to get used to it. She bolts around the yard now like its not even on her.
    I always give the dogs time without their coat on our walk/run though.
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    It's just like a collar.. She will get use of it.

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    Have you ever tied a wide ribbon around the middle of a cat. It unbalances them and they can't move.

    Banjo and Poppy probably have the same problem. So you need to desensitise them to the coat. Ie show the coat, give them a treat for hanging around. Give them another treat if they sniff it. Offer a treat for putting head through the neck hole... put the coat on, take it off,give a treat. Put the coat on, count to ten, take it off give a treat.

    Start again, same routine, tomorrow, build on it eg leave the coat on slightly longer. Give a treat if they play with you or a toy with coat on, take it off... etc. Use a clicker when they do what you want.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 07-21-2010 at 10:29 PM.

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