Head and Halter Collars

 

Head and Halter Collars

    Head and Halter Collrs

 

All About Dog Halters and Head Collars

Dog training equipment comes in a number of styles today. One of the most humane, when used correctly, is the dog head collar. These gentle leader tools are often used on dogs to help train them in leash manners instead of prong or choke collars. This style of collar is modeled after a horse's halter. It is worn over the muzzle and buckles around the neck. The leash is attached underneath the muzzle.

How Does it Fit?

The fit of the head collar is very important. The neck strap should fit as high on the dog's neck as is possible. It should sit directly below her ears. It should be snug enough that you can only fit a single finger underneath it. The muzzle strap will sit below the dog's eyes. When loose, it will slide to the center of the dog's muzzle. The metal ring for the leash will sit under the chin, fairly close to the skin. Snub-nosed breeds such as the pug or bulldog may not be able to wear a halter collar.

How Will my Dog React?

Most dogs will adjust well to a dog halter collar. At first they may try to paw or rub it off. Simply treat and keep your dog walking forward. Make the collar as pleasant as possible and your dog will associate it with walking with you. Most dogs eventually look forward to wearing it.

How Does it Work?

Some models of dog halter collar will have an adjustable muzzle strap that tightens when pulled. Others do not. It is not a muzzle. It will not prevent a dog from drinking, eating or panting. It will also not stop a dog from biting. What it will do is direct a pulling dog's head to the side with very little force.

A dog head collar is designed to give you control over the head for training purposes. It must be used responsibly. A slight tug level with the dog's head to redirect him when he looses focus is all that is required. Never yank hard or pull up. A hard tug could hurt your dog! It's probably best to not use a head collar with a retractable lead.

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