Product Review: Walk ‘n Train® Head Halter

by Melissa R. on August 9, 2013

Walk 'n Train Head Halter in Bright PINK!

Walk 'n Train Head Halter in Bright PINK!

My young pup is a bit of a puller on the leash! While we are doing our best to train a loose leash for walks, when I started her at obedience classes, our trainer suggested a head halter. She suggested it might help my puppy focus her attention on ME, instead of all the other dogs around. It would also help with the pulling, and in general not paying attention to me. A head halter worked PERFECT for us!

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.

Labeled for easy use!

Labeled for easy use!

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!

About the author: Melissa is a devoted pet owner with several cats: Kai, Cirrhi & Ritter; and the newest addition, Emme a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. Melissa is an avid dog agility enthusiast, and hopes her new pup will someday be an agility champion! She is a Graphic Designer and Project Coordinator for the and websites. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Michigan State University and is a lifelong pet lover and owner. See more articles by Melissa R.

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TDTSKC November 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm

Head halters are indeed a great training tool. Thank you for sharing your experience with them. We have used Gentle Leaders almost exclusively for many years, however we are giving thought to changing to the style pictured here. The problem you encountered regarding the Gentle Leader fit is something most owners do not know about, is proper fit. The neck strap must be be very snug. You should only be able to put two fingers under it. The reason to keep it snug is because it keeps the nose loop in place. If the neck strap is not snug, it will allow the nose loop to rotate around the nose and it may wear off some hair. Another problem is the dog wants to fight it. I see a little less effort to get the type of halter halter you have off. Many people purchase a Gentle leader off the rack at pet stores and they seldom tell how to fit or accustom a dog to it. However, there are blister packs with a gentle leader which includes a leash, a small training manual and a DVD on how to fit, use and train with one. It would be good if stores at least included some kind of media for use with the bulk with the head halter. Maybe they do, but I don’t spend much time in pet stores.

Mark August 13, 2018 at 5:39 pm

We recently rescued a 12lb chi mix puppy and he is an extreme puller. Googling the problem led us to the Walk n Train and we’ve been having great success with it!! Yes, there was some resistance and pulling of it, but frequent high praise and treats overcame all difficulties. We’re just starting to use it regularly and it always makes for a perfect and fun walk immediately, as long as the treats are in hand if we get stalled. Yes we got the bright pink one too. Not a muzzle! Super fun once you get the hang of it!!

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