The idea of using a head halter or even a gentle leader is probably the most humane way of walking your dog. The head halter is strong enough to make sure that your pooch doesn’t pull away during a walk. Fitting the halter into the dog is something that requires a certain level of technique and in this article, we will show you how.
How Should The Head Halter Fit?
In order for the dog head halter to be effective and comfortable for your canine companion, it has to be fitted correctly. For instance, you have to make sure that the neck strap is as high up your dog’s neck as possible. If you can get it just behind the ears it will be perfect. Don’t make the strap too tight either. In fact, make sure that you can fit in a single finger between it and the dog’s neck. This ensures your pet is comfortable.
The halter’s nosepiece can also be adjusted so that when the dog closes its mouth the nosepiece slides down to the beginning of the nose. But it should also not be too loose to slide off the nose. The metal ring that attaches to the leash should be attached underneath the dog’s chin.
How Do Dogs React To It?
At first, a majority of dogs will resist the head halter. However, the level of resistance varies from one dog to another. Some will resist fiercely while others not so much. Naturally, when the halter is put on for the first time, your dog will try to remove it by pawing at its nose or rubbing the nose on the ground. The best way to deal with this is to create a distraction. Throw a few treats on the ground for your dog so that it can stop concentrating on the halter.
You should also make sure that the halter is fitted correctly right from the start. The last thing that you want is your dog to easily remove the halter on its first pawing attempt. Over time, your dog will eventually accept the halter. As soon as the pet starts to associate the device with going for a walk, you will both have an easy and enjoyable experience.
It’s also essential to train your dog with the halter before you even go out for a walk. Have your furry friend wear the halter for short periods of time and reward it with treats until it gets used to it. You may also practice short walks at home or in the backyard before finally getting to the street.
Tips To Keep In Mind
- The head halter has to be fitted correctly at all times
- The dog should be able to eat, drink, or bite with it
- You should NEVER use a hard jerk with the halter
- The halter should only be worn by the dog during leash walks