Dog head halters are devices that fit over your pooch’s nose and neck. These canine accessories are also known as Halti Optifit, Gentle Leader, and Snoot Loop. The halter is a walking device and should never be mistaken for a muzzle. They are simply designed to give the walker more control compared to a harness or a canny collar.
The halter operates on one basic premise – where the head goes, the body will definitely follow. As a result, this device is going to give you more control over the pooch’s head to control the rest of the body. The halters used for dogs fit similarly to the head collars used in horses. The leash is then attached just underneath the mouth.
Although head halters are very effective training tools, there is always a possibility that they can be misused. In that case, it’s always advisable to get professional advice on using a halter from a vet or any other person that has some expertise on halters, harnesses, or collars. After all, head halters will not work the same way for all dogs. They may not even be ideal for some dog breeds. In that case, do your research and consult widely before you decide to buy.
Halters Can Be Useful In Some Situations
As we have mentioned above, not all dogs are candidates for a head halter. The devices can, however, be invaluable in certain situations. For instance, if you have a dog that gets quite aggressive, especially when on a collar or a harness, the halter would be the best option for you. This will make it easier to walk the dog in the long run.
The halter is designed to minimize forward motion including pulling. The device also gives you directional control over the dog. By pulling the device gently upwards, you can close the dog’s mouth and make it harder for the pooch to nip over the device. This makes the halter a great training tool that will reinforce certain positive behaviors on your dog.
There’s A Potential For Abuse
Many people who oppose the head halter have often warned that there is a real risk of neck injury if the dog hits the end of the leash and snaps the head back. There are also cases where sharp jerk reactions are made with the device. This is blatant misuse. A few halters also tend to fit too tight and this may lead to eye damage. They may also rub the fur off the dog. Also, it’s not uncommon to find dogs depressed and distressed as a result of the halter. All these are potential risks and you should carefully monitor your pooch to make sure it doesn’t suffer in any way.
Getting The Right Fit
There is no doubt the halter can be a safe and effective tool to walk your dog. But just like any other dog related accessory, you have to use it correctly. It will be great if the dog wears the halter through its own free will. This will not happen overnight and at some point, your pooch will resist the device. But if you are patient enough, you will get the results you need. Fitting is everything though when it comes to head halters. If it fits correctly, then your dog will enjoy it!