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Best way to get pup used to a halti

Discussion in 'Dog Training and Behaviour' started by Skandi, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Skandi

    Skandi PetForums Senior

    May 4, 2012
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    So just bought one as it's getting icy and I do NOT want to be on my arse every walk! She's betting better at pulling, but in a way that just makes it harder to anticipate when she does,

    So put it on, not much issue there, but oh my does she want it off again, if I keep her distracted she ignores it, i.e food or tricks, took her on a very short walk, didn't put any pressure on it just on the lead/collar as normal, she walked as normal but still was pawing at it on occasion, when there was nothing interesting going on. seems to be staying inplace pretty well not slipping up and down so I guess it's just a case of her needing to be used to it, so (and now to the point) what's the best way to do that. I would just put it on and leave it on, but the dangling clip kinda puts me off that.
  2. Redice

    Redice PetForums Senior

    Dec 4, 2011
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    I think you are doing everything correctly. Perseverence really and you will get there. I personally wouldn't put it on and leave it on but just keep doing short walks with no pressure on and plenty of distraction. It just takes time.
  3. Buzzard

    Buzzard PetForums VIP

    Aug 10, 2012
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    I know exactly where you are coming from here. I had to get a halti for Mac. He's 6 months old and nearly had me flat on my back on a load of wet leaves the other week. I have tried and tried with the loose leash walking , but he is just too distracted all the time. He was the same the first 3-4 times he wore The halti always pawing it and scraping it along the grass. I always treat him when it goes on and praise him when he's not scraping around trying to get it off, and tell him ah ah when he is trying to get it off. He knows ah ah is a not good behaviour word now! He is better with it now. Try lots of distraction and she will eventually get used to the feeling of it. Good luck. What breed is she? She looks a lot like Mac, he's a lab x springer.
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  4. blossom21

    blossom21 PetForums Senior

    Oct 29, 2012
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    I tried the Halti but to be honest Bramble hated it. I use the gentle leader instead now and he is fine with it,and doesnt try and pull it off Like he did with the Halti.
  5. manandhisdogs

    manandhisdogs PetForums Newbie

    Nov 5, 2012
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    I use an Halti on my dog and to be honest she took to it realy well, in fact too well. I introduced her to it, let her have a sniff. Then put it on her, she stuggled like crazy to stop me putting it on and once it was on, oh boy! She tried her damn hardest to remove it. Moving on, i attached the lead got some biscuits, nothing special just her normal food and did laps around the garden each time tapping my leg saying come on girl and when she walked without trying to get it off i would say good girl and give her a biscuit, and then changed direction and did the same, tap my leg e.t.c.. after 10 mins she was fine and we did a nice long walk straight after with it, no fuss at all. Every dog is different i suppose and you know your dog more than me but try what i did, start in the garden first. No distractions just you and the dog, it seems to work with everything with my dog.

    BTW shes a Springer x Collie = very hyper :) but very clever!

    Hope this helps :thumbup1:
  6. Sleeping_Lion

    Sleeping_Lion Banned

    Mar 19, 2009
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    Haltis work by putting pressure on the muzzle, I would suggest you don't use this on a pup as it could be very sore while they go through teething. I was told at the very first dog training class I took a pup to, not to put a halti or muzzle clamping head collar on a pup at all.

    This article goes through how they work and lists a couple of head collars that don't cause pressure, which if the pressure is applied for a period of time is simply painful for the dog:

    Dog Blog: Head-collars
  7. smokeybear

    smokeybear PetForums VIP

    Oct 19, 2011
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    You can use a head halter or a harness if you need more control, there are pros and cons for all equipment including flat collars.

    Here is a list of types available (not exhuastive) my personal preference is the Black Dog one. But there are pros and cons to each head halter.

    There is advice at the end on how to introduce your dog to a head halter.

    Black Dog Head Halter

    Agility Warehouse | Dog Agility Equipment and Supplies | Black Dog Head Halter

    The Canny Collar

    The Canny Collar - The Best Collar to Stop Dogs Pulling on the Lead

    The Dogalter

    Welcome to Kumfi

    The DogMatic

    Dogmatic Headcollar

    Gentle Controller

    GenCon All-in-1

    The Gentle Leader

    The Gentle Leader at Canine Concepts

    The Halti


    The K9 Bridle

    K9 Bridle | The world's first dog collar

    The Newtrix Easy Way

    Angela Stockdale, Dog Aggression Specialist - About Angela: an aggressive dog is an unhappy dog

    The SWAG headcollar


    Rope Lead Head Halter

    Rope Slip Lead Head Collar Combination

    Martingale head halter

    Phoenix Martingale Headcollars



    Or you may find a harness a better option, again there are many different types, I have posted below the ones which I think are the best designed in terms of comfort for the dog ie it leaves the shoulder and upper arm unrestricted.

    Tilley Farm TTouch Harnesses and Leads
    Haqihana Italian hand made dog harness

  8. donnam

    donnam PetForums Newbie

    Nov 7, 2012
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    I use Canny Collars on my two dogs, I found that they took to it very quickly and within a few mins were walking beautifully on the lead. My Cocker Spaniel sometimes trys to put her paw up to pull off the over the nose strap but the trick is to keep the lead short and keep walking. she walks like a little show dog then ;)
  9. Skandi

    Skandi PetForums Senior

    May 4, 2012
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    She's pretty much there now, is fine when walking in it, and when stopped outside, I even took it on and off outside so she could run in the park, all went well. Still trying to wipe it off on the carpet when you put it on though. But all dinners have been given with it on the last 2 days and as she loves her food that's the best bribe ever (doesn't try to wipe it off then way to interested in bolting dinner). Harnesses aren't going to really work for me here, the reason she is wearing it is not becasue she pulls much, she doesn't but on occasion she will lunge, and living up here ice can come and not leave for weeks, so one lunge and I will be over, I'm not having that happen.
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