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My dog has a chronic skin condition caused by hypothyroidism and allergies. It has gotten very bad recently with spring and summer and he is currently dealing with MRSP (dog mrsa, basically). He’s on all sorts of meds to try to combat it.

Either due to irritation from his harness rubbing or just those happen to be spots where his rash is cropping up he has rashes on his side and withers. Either or.

For the first time since adopting him two years ago I was putting him in his harness and as I was buckling it he whipped around with a sudden bark and snap at my hand. I didn’t pinch the skin or anything I buckled it as normal. And I think it’s because of his sensitive skin. No other explanation I can think of.

Switched to a collar which he can tolerate but he has slipped his martingale collar twice in the last two weeks and I just don’t feel safe waking him in it as he could easily run into the street and get hit by a car.

I’m not sure what to do. If his skin irritation is the cause then trying to recondition him to the harness seems like it’ll work…until it hurts his skin again. And no harness seems to not touch that area of his body.
Because of his skin issues I’ve just not walked him for a bit and I feel bad.
Should I be waiting until his skin heals to attempt anything? I feel like a terrible dog owner for not walking him. (But frankly he kind of hates walks anyways)
 

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My dog has a chronic skin condition caused by hypothyroidism and allergies. It has gotten very bad recently with spring and summer and he is currently dealing with MRSP (dog mrsa, basically). He’s on all sorts of meds to try to combat it.

Either due to irritation from his harness rubbing or just those happen to be spots where his rash is cropping up he has rashes on his side and withers. Either or.

For the first time since adopting him two years ago I was putting him in his harness and as I was buckling it he whipped around with a sudden bark and snap at my hand. I didn’t pinch the skin or anything I buckled it as normal. And I think it’s because of his sensitive skin. No other explanation I can think of.

Switched to a collar which he can tolerate but he has slipped his martingale collar twice in the last two weeks and I just don’t feel safe waking him in it as he could easily run into the street and get hit by a car.

I’m not sure what to do. If his skin irritation is the cause then trying to recondition him to the harness seems like it’ll work…until it hurts his skin again. And no harness seems to not touch that area of his body.
Because of his skin issues I’ve just not walked him for a bit and I feel bad.
Should I be waiting until his skin heals to attempt anything? I feel like a terrible dog owner for not walking him. (But frankly he kind of hates walks anyways)
is there a reason you ain't using a traditional dog collar...?
 

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The martingale collar shouldn't slip off of him if it's adjusted properly. Perhaps you need to tighten it up just a bit?

Also, no, it's not a bad thing to not take him for walks, especially if he's not really enjoying them anyway. Perhaps just quick potty breaks & then do some other kind of enrichment. Trick training, nosework, whatever he seems to enjoy.
 

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The martingale collar shouldn't slip off of him if it's adjusted properly. Perhaps you need to tighten it up just a bit?

Also, no, it's not a bad thing to not take him for walks, especially if he's not really enjoying them anyway. Perhaps just quick potty breaks & then do some other kind of enrichment. Trick training, nosework, whatever he seems to enjoy.
I had him in a tighter martingale but he pulls forward, he pulls back, sometimes he just bounces around. His front clip harness nearly solved his pulling problem overnight but since he’s no longer wearing it he’s gotten worse. And tighter martingale was hurting his neck to the point he had bald spots after only a week of use due to him constantly trying to pull. The new collar has a fleece lining which helps be gentle on his skin but is in turn more slippery.
 

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This may be a situation where a head halter is the best solution. They are often very strange for dogs to wear and require careful, positive introduction, but might be worth a try to see if he takes to it, since they offer more control but won't be anywhere near the sensitive spots on his body. If he fights or tries to lunge/charge in one they're likely not a good option because that can cause damage if his head gets yanked around too harshly, but might be worth a try.

The other thing I can think of is putting a body suit on him under the harness to try to minimize the rubbing. Again, very dog specific, since some dogs don't tolerate any kind of 'clothing' even if they have no medical issues making their skin angry, but if he is okay with a fabric layer, I bet it'd be more comfortable than harness straps directly on the irritation.

I also agree that you can minimize walks/on-leash exercise and focus instead on lots of indoor play, training games, enrichment, and (if you have access) off-leash exercise in a safe, fenced area. Especially while he's healing.
 

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If the harness is a no-go right now, it's better to stop using it for a while instead of creating more negative associations with it. You could take this opportunity to really work on leash manners so if/when his skin acts up again you can switch to a collar with little difficulty. Training can be just as beneficial as a long walk when you're trying to satisfy your dog's stimulation needs during crappy weather or when medical issues dictate it!
 
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