Chinchilla Harness by Setco Enterprises
This is a note from Rick of Secto Enterprises about a chinchilla harness he's developed. We haven't used this harness, but if you're determined to use one, Rick might have the best solution for you.
I have developed a Chinchilla Harness that is lightweight, "quick snap" design and has an optional "potty pouch" attachment for the convenience of not having to clean up after your Chinchilla right away.
My harness is Patent Pending, but production will now begin. First production will be of CANVAS MATERIAL ONLY and WILL ONLY BE PRODUCED IN THE COLOR BLACK, but as production increases we will begin to offer various colors as well as leather.
As mentioned in my earlier posts Chinchilla owners must be extremley careful when deciding if they want to harness their Chinchilla. You must remember that NOT ALL CHINCHILLAS WILL ACCEPT BEING HARNESSED. You must also remember that the best way to try and get your Chinchilla to accept the harness is to show extreme love and patience for your pet. Chinchillas have extremely soft bones and can be injured easily if caution is not taken. When a Chinchilla becomes excited, this will in turn cause them to be stressed and they will lose chunks of fur, however this is only a "defense" mechanism and the loss of fur is not a permanent condition.
When I first harnessed my Chin I got her use to a piece at a time (the harness will include two attachable pieces), holding her while each piece was in place. I held her for at least a good half an hour getting her use to the feeling of this new restraint against her body. I then confined her in a very small area (a cage not much bigger than her) that I had padded on the inside, for a short period of time so that she would not be injured if she got excited. At first, she was skittish but I made sure that I was able to monitor her actions to insure there would be no injuries. Eventually, she accepted the harness. Once I got my Chin to accept the harness, I let her wear the harness for several days to allow her to get accustomed to this new feeling while going about her every day routine. Then I removed the harness to insure that she would not chew it up! Chinchillas love to chew and this harness is primarily for the purpose of being able to control where your Chin goes while out of its cage. DO NOT leave the harness on your Chin for long periods if it looks like they are nibbling on it!
Remember, Chinchillas for the most part do not like to be restrained and will get a bit excited when they are first harnessed, but it is up to YOU, the owner, to make sure extreme caution is taken while training your Chin to accept the harness and in doing so, alleviate any possiblity of injury to your pet. Always monitor your Chinchillas behavior during the process! If your Chinchilla does not get use to its new restraint within the day, chances are it wont get use to it, and it would probably be better not to harness your Chin at all.
The cost of our first production of Chinchilla Harnesses will be $65.00 ea.* plus $8.00 for shipping (the optional "potty pouch" is an additional $10.00). Each harness will include harnessing instructions and to insure every harness arrives in perfect condition, each harness will be individually inspected prior to shipping. Please remember, these are custom, hand made harness and are NOT mass produced by machines. The amount of harnesses made, will be for the amount of harness ordered. They will be adjustable one size fits all (NO BABIES, Adults Only). Because these are custom, hand made to each order, there will be NO REFUNDS or RETURNS! *Please note: this is a body harness with a metal "eye" for a leash attachment. This harness DOES NOT include a leash! My recomendation is to purchase a small retractable leash for "toy" or petite dogs.
Temporarily, we will be accepting check or money order only. Soon, we will be accepting credit cards and PayPal. Payments can be payable to: Setco Enterprises and sent to P.O. Box 3003, Rancho Mirage, CA 92270. Product will NOT be shipped until checks have cleared, so please be patient for your new Chinchilla Harnesses to arrive! For faster shipping, please notify us of your intent to buy PRIOR to sending payment so that production of your NEW Chinchilla Harness can be implemented. Please include the number of harnesses ordered and how many pouches you would like. Your NEW Chinchilla Harness will be sent out as soon as payment has been received. All notifications can be sent to: SetcoEnterprises@dc.rr.com
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