Instructions for the Halti Head Collar

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Instructions for the Halti Head Collar
Sometimes a dog needs additional training for leash-walking. (Andersen Ross/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Not all dogs naturally walk on a leash; a leash is foreign to their instincts and you, as the "alpha dog," need to train your pet. Halti head collars are designed to help train your dog to stop pulling on the leash by using the idea that guiding a dog's head will result in the body following. The product is also described as a restraining device for biters and fighters, a calming device for boisterous or hysterical dogs and an assisting device for visits to veterinarians or groomers.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Treats (optional)

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  1. 1

    Fit the Halti over the dog's head and muzzle with label and seams facing outward. The nose band should hit halfway between the eyes and nose. Make sure it does not restrict your dog's ability to pant. You can hold a treat in front of the dog's nose to keep it focused.

  2. 2

    Buckle the Halti behind the neck. You can adjust the neck strap to the ideal fit for your dog. If using treats, allow your dog a treat.

  3. 3

    Allow your dog several free minutes to get used to the Halti. Play with your dog, which will distract it from it's new head collar. Keep playing until your dog seems not to notice the head collar.

  4. 4

    Attach the lead to the lower ring on the Halti. Hold the lead loosely, and go for a walk. It still might take time for your dog to become accustomed to using the head collar on a walk.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you purchase the right size Halti for your dog, there are five different sizes. You can put the Halti on upside down and use it as a harness, the smaller sizes can work as cat harnesses.
  • Getting used to a head collar may take a week or more, according to Lyn Richards' website, Giving your dog this amount of time gets it more used to and comfortable with the head collar.

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