Aviator Harness Training
I've been attempting to train my 1 year old Sun Conure, Fig, with an Aviator Harness for the past few of months. I was slowly introducing it, letting him play with it and holding food out so that he would put his head through.
After a while, it seemed he was comfortable enough with it so after he put his head through, i slowly put his wings through and got it clipped up. Once it was on, he absolutely hated it, began screeching and trying to get it off- he was really distressed. I immediately pulled it off (I felt terrible!).
I've tried to continue re-introducing the harness, but this bad experience means he is absolutely terrified of it immediately moves away from it as soon as he sees it. I don't know what to do now because I was so patient over a number of months in getting him comfortable and gradually introducing it and now it seems all the hard work has gone out the window.
I would love Fig to be able to come outside with me on occasion however I simply can't do it without having him trained with a harness. Can someone PLEASE help me with some advice on how to conquer Fig's fear of the harness? I don't know what else to do but keep trying to introduce it to him. Thank you :)