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. You also receive
discounts on the headcollar when you purchase it during 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.