If you are familiar with horses, a head halter is familiar to you. It is similar to a halter you use on a horse, because guiding a horse’s head around is the best way to get them to move where you want, and “where the nose goes…” so goes the body! A head halter on a dog can look a little funny, and some people may mistake it for a muzzle. They are NOT muzzles. Dogs have ample room to open their mouths. The “muzzle” affect is why I was drawn to this new head halter we are carrying online – they make this one in BRIGHT PINK! I thought it would cut back on the amount of muzzle comments we were getting with our other head halter.What I like about this Walk ‘n Train Halter is that it has side straps, so that the noose around the top of the nose doesn’t creep up as much as some other models out there. I also liked the option to snap the head halter to your dog’s collar, in the case that your dog is able to paw it off. Best of all, figuring out where all the loops and hoops went was EASY when I took it out of the package!
The biggest problem most people face with head halters is that dogs are not immediately comfortable with them on their nose. It is uncomfortable and they wind-up rolling around on the ground, pawing at it! It is best to condition your pet to the head halter so they do not freak out when you use it. By conditioning them properly, they will be EXCITED to have their new halter! This is the video I used to show me how to condition my pup to the halter, and although it is for the Gentle Leader Head Halter, the same principals apply.
*I should note that I DID try a Gentle Leader first, but it did not seem to fit quite right on my dog, and the Walk ‘n Train fit easier for us.
My pup still will sometimes paw at her halter, and wants it off. But I just speak to her in a cheerful voice and move her away with a treat. She soon forgets about the halter and we continue on our walking or training.
UPDATE: After a couple months of using the head halter, we have been weaning off using it with great success! Sometimes if I know there are going to be lots of dogs and distractions around I be sure to use it, but we are using it less and less and walks are pleasant!