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Welcome to the board! You have a lovely boy.

Desensitizing him to the things he dislikes is a good method. When you present the harness give really good treats, don't necessarily put the harness on at first, just let him start to associate really good treats with the harness being near, then progress in steps, really good treats when the harness is just hung on his neck, etc., until you can put in on him and buckle it up without him protesting.

You can use the same method with his collar, handling his feet or his ears. Just start by treating while you just touch those places, and then continue treating when you progress to trimming nails, examining inside his ears, and so on.

I would also find a good trainer that uses positive methods and work with them on his issues. Having someone with experience on hand is invaluable.
 
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