Friday, June 1, 2007

d accept that it’s there.

What to expect:
Many dog owners are trying out head halters as opposed to choke or pinch collars to control their large breed dogs. It’s similar in part to what is used to lead horses, and was adapted from such a device. The halter fits around the muzzle of your dog and snaps behind his head so that it doesn’t come off. The assumption when using a halter is that where your dog’s head goes, his body will follow. It could potentially make training easier then.

Your dog’s reaction:

Before actually using the halter as a training tool, simply put it on and allow your dog to get used to the idea for a while. When we first used one on my dog, she allowed it to be put on alright, but as soon as she had her freedom her paws were all over her face trying to get the strange device off. Let your dog adjust to the collar, but don’t let him take it off if he can manage that. Correct him if he tries too hardily to use his paws to claw the thing off his face. Eventually he calm down and accept that it’s there.

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