LEARNING ABOUT THE GENTLE LEADER HEADCOLLAR
Sometimes people think that a Gentle Leader or Halti headcollar are muzzles to keep dogs from biting.
Headhalter users usually explain that no, their dogs are friendly, and that they are using the funny
looking collar as a training tool. It better directs the dog's head, body and attention much like a halter
can better control a horse, compared to just a rope around their neck. Headcollars are extremely helpful
in keeping a strong dog who hasn't learned about walking calmly on a leash, from pulling you over.
These collars often calm a hyper, nervous dog and can also be used to deal with jumping up, barking
and aggression problems.
The headcollar is designed to work with a dog's natural instincts. The nose loop plugs into a dog's way
of signaling dominance and incorrect behavior to a subordinate, by grasping another dog's muzzle in an
inhibited muzzle bite. The neck strap applies pressure (where the momma dog did) to the back of the
neck. And even better, the headcollars don't put undue force on the throat.
It often takes between 5 and 20 minutes to help a dog accept the collar. Done correctly, your dog will
move through their possible resistance more easily. For a brochure on the Gentle Leader and info on
acclimating your dog to it, contact Cherie Maitland at OUR FURRY FRIENDS TRAINING CENTER. Gentle
Leader fittings are free, however learning to use the collar and helping your dog acclimate to it are
considered a mini-appointment.
CAUTION: Never jerk or yank the leash when you are using the headcollar. Also you want to only use a 4 to 6
foot leash when your dog is wearing a Gentle Leader, never a long line or extend-a-leash.