If you have a large powerful dog or one that pulls on the lead, you will know how exhausting walks can be. Dogs of all sizes can pull on the lead to the point of choking themselves.
The Halti was designed by Dr Roger Mugford to come to the rescue of such dogs and their owners. Its revolutionary design is based on the same principle as a horse’s headcollar – if you guide the head, the body will surely follow.
Naturally following the contours of a dogs face and positioned well down the dog’s nose, the Halti gives you maximum steering power and control. The particular advantage of the Halti is its unique on-off muzzle-closing effect: when the dog attempts to lunge forward or attack, his jaws are closed by the slip ring. When he is relaxed or friendly, he can pant easily and act just like a dog. The soft material and careful design and construction ensures the Halti is comfortable and in many dogs can create a pronounced calming effect.
Halti comes in six sizes and for dogs with sensitive noses such as Boxers or Shar Pei’s we recommend a Padded Halti.
How to use a Halti?
Pulling on the lead is one of the few unpleasant experiences of bringing up a new puppy or dog. In recent years, dog head collars such as the Halti Collar have revolutionised our ability to help train good lead walking manners, as well as being a useful training aid to help keep your dog’s attention. Although Halti Collars fairly straight forward to use, it is important that head collars are correctly fitted and that your dog be properly acclimatised to them.
How should the Halti Collar fit?
The Halti collars should fit fairly snuggly such that one finger can fit under the strap that fastens behind the ears. The nose strap should locate no closer than 15mm from your dog’s eyes. On the Halti Collar, the clip should tighten under the chin such that only one finger fits.
How do I acclimatise my dog to the Halti Collar?
It will take a week or so to acclimatise your dog to a Halti collar. But these tips should help smooth the way:
- Have some tasty treats at hand. Place the Halti collar over your hand such that it hangs around your wrist.
- With the same hand, hold a treat with your fingers and offer it to your dog, but holding the treat such that they have to nibble at it. As your dog is nibbling the treat, simultaneously slide the collar over its face.
- Now release the treat and while they are munching away, finish fitting the Halti clasp. Give your dog another treat and praise them warmly.
- At this point it is important to keep your dog distracted- either by you playing with him or letting your dog use its favourite toy. After 2-3 minutes remove the Halti and play for a few more minutes.
- Repeat this 3-4 times a day for the first week and only playing with your dog whilst they are wearing the Halti collar. As you progress, start to introduce a command word that your dog can start to associate with the collar being fitted. Don’t use a lead until your have completed this stage.
- Once your dog is able to wear the Halti Head Collar for 5 minutes without distraction (i.e. scratching or trying to remove it), attach his lead and continue playing with them for a few minutes. Repeat this until your dog is not distracted by the Halti or lead.
- Once your dog is acclimatised, gradually build up the time your dog spends wearing the Halti and lead to the point you can take short walks.
- Remember, keep this a positive experience for your dog and don’t try to achieve too much in one go.
- Don’t allow your dog to wear a Halti Collar head collar unsupervised. This will give them a chance to learn how to remove them.
- Never tug your lead hard when your dog is wearing a Halti head collar. This may cause them neck injuries.
- For the same reason, never use retractable or very long leads as these may allow your dog pick up speed before the lead takes up.
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