|04-07-2014 08:23 PM|
I used them with great success with my Clumber spaniel and golden. It was a wonderful tool to get two very well trained dogs.
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|04-07-2014 07:21 PM|
I personally don't use head collars for anything. I choose other methods that work better for me. I think they are often used as a tool that provides long term management instead of loose leash walking. I have also found many dogs that are bothered by the head collars.
With that being said, I think it is a good tool for those that are working on reactivity themselves (without a trainer), or are using the head collar as a management tool to allow the dog to function on walks or in stressful situations until proper training can take place.
I think they are a tool in the toolbox, and I do own a couple, though I haven't used them in years.
|04-07-2014 06:59 PM|
|04-07-2014 06:07 PM|
|Harry and Lola|
|04-07-2014 05:58 PM|
|Harry and Lola||
I used the Gentle Leader Head Halter many years ago and didn't like it. I used the Canny Collar which is similar but is more like a bridle on a horse and found it to be very good.
I still use the Canny Collar sometimes when I need tight 'head control' for a Harry in certain situations like the Vets office as he is reactive to other dogs and in small waiting rooms with other dogs of all sorts of stability levels coming and going - he can be dog aggressive. I also sometimes use it when I am lazy and walking 2 GSDs at once in crowded areas, it gives 100% head control and reassurance when you have a fear aggressive reactive dog.
|04-07-2014 03:37 PM|
|Twyla||Woolf was the lunge, bark and act a fool dog. He broke the halti.|
|04-07-2014 03:34 PM|
I see them as a band-aid for a problem. I used one for mine for a couple months to get a thorough loose leash behavior, but I made sure that it was paired with consistent training. I've never snapped his head around with it or jerked on it, so that has never been a problem. I've always let it be a self-correcting tool, but as someone else says, if your dog doesn't care about the self-correction, it may not be the right tool.
I may have to break it out again as mine is getting a bit reactive towards small dogs, and I don't want to escalate the problem with a prong.
|04-07-2014 03:01 PM|
Don't like them, prefer a prong. Rubbed the fur off my dogs nose and irritated her eyes.
Vet said she sees a lot of neck and eye injuries with them.
|04-07-2014 02:59 PM|
|huntergreen||when they first came out my vet said it would hurt the dogs neck if jerked, so i never tried one.|
|04-07-2014 01:46 PM|
If he's not responding to the pressure of the halti then you really should try another tool and possibly a new training program. Delgado was very stubborn about heeling, we were in a class with two trainers and they were recommending a prong but he was 5 months old - far too young in my opinion. With persistence we were able to figure out a compromise, but it wasn't until he hit 9 months and I swapped him to a prong we saw great leaps in having a consistent heel even under distractions. The prong reinforced the behaviour I wanted and told him in no uncertain terms that I meant business
Don't be afraid to go back to basics either, I had to do it a few times and in the end I came out stronger with a better overall foundation.
I'm at the point now in his reactivity that the prong is a better overall tool, but it's taken a while to get to that point. Mostly I was working with simply the halti during his worst stages.
To be honest your opinion is no different than a person saying that seeing a prong collar on a dog means immediately that the dog is aggressive, untrained, or out of control. I don't look at the tool, I look at the results between my dog and myself and then consider whether it was useful or not.
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