Is it bad to leave his harness on if it's calming him down? - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
 
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Is it bad to leave his harness on if it's calming him down?

So, my puppy has a harness that is basically acting like a thundershirt. You put this thing on him and he has basically no energy, is very calm and just wants to be chill. He is currently injured and the vet told us he needs to get rest and absolutely cannot be walked or run around for about a week more.
This harness is literally magic but ever since putting it on my dog has just been sleeping- which is good - but is it bad for the dog to leave this harness on him through the day and night right now? The second I take it off he is full of energy and is wanting to run around, so I put it on him to kind of... suppress that energy so he gets rest. Is that bad? I mean, I don't know what else I'm supposed to do because he needs the rest and it's the only way I think he's going to get it but..
Just want to make sure there's no harm. But I mean he is scarily chill with that thing on haha (but also scarily obnoxious without it)

EDIT: In case you're curious, this harness IS magical. It is basically a thundershirt version of a harness. ALL it has to be doing is TOUCH him, and he calms down IMMEDIATELY. Like literally instant. It doesnt even have to be on ,it just has to touch him, and he goes from 10/10 energy to like the calmest, obedient dog.

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If it works and calms your dog, i dont see anything wrong with it at all.....
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Is it concerning that he is like.. magically, extremely calm now? And just wants to sleep or be chill because of it?
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Nope. Chloe always calmed down with the harness.

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We usually leave the harness on the whole time we go camping in the summer. Penny wore hers for 14 straight days between 12-14 weeks. As long as it isn't chaffing I don't see how it would be an issue in that respect. As for calming him I say go for it. Especially since you want him calm for a little bit during a recovery.
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I would say, as long as you are supervising your pup, you should be fine. I wouldn't leave it on, if you crate, or are not there. I never left my pup's collar on either.
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I agree with wdadswell. Do not crate or leave it on unsupervised. I NEVER crate my dog with her collar on. My son's dog got his collar stuck on the latch of the crate and nearly strangled . Thank goodness my son was home, the dog twisted it so much trying to get free they had to cut the collar off!!
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