Dog Pulling On Leash With Head Collar
of the issues I had with my two dogs was that they were always pulling
on leash rather excessively while walking them. They tried
ahead of me and almost drag me down the street. I see this a
lot with other dogs outside who are not properly trained to walk.
Gentle Leader Halti
Pulling On Leash
I brought this
issue up with my dog trainer and she suggested that I
use a Gentle Leader, which is a brand name for a special head
collar. Instead of a standard collar which fits around a
dog’s neck, the Gentle Leader has a part that fits around the dog’s
muzzle and then there’s an attachment that snaps together on the back
of the animal’s head. There is no pressure on the dog’s
throat. Below is a photo of the Gentle Leader and one that is
fit on my dog Chester.
Gentle Leader Head Collar
The theory is that when there is gentle pressure on the back of the
head area, it helps calm the dog down. The head collar acts
much like a horse’s bridle. With the leash attachment below
the chin area (see photo above), the leash positions the dog’s head to
the direction you want your dog to go to.
With Gentle Leader Head Collar
At first, your
dog will try to scratch the Gentle Leader off because
it’s a weird sensation around the muzzle. But within a few
days, your dog will get use to it. I’ve noticed a dramatic
difference with both of my dogs on the Gentle Leader. They do
not pull much anymore and tend to stay by my side or just behind me
during walks. If they do move ahead, I gentle nudge on the
leash puts them back into desired position.
neighbor uses a similar
head collar with the brand name Halti and
sees similar dramatic results with his dog. He says that
walking is much better and in control when his dog uses a head collar
rather than a standard collar.
If your dog pulls on the leash while walking, I would definitely
recommend the use of a head collar such as the Gentle Leader or Halti.
For North American dog owners, click on the graphic for
Entirely Pets below and then enter a search for Gentle Leader or Halti as they have both brands.
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Supermarket and enter a search for Halti.
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