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Occasionally an item comes into your life that changes it! For me, the Halti was one of those things.
I have a wonderful, adorable, precious German Shepherd bitch (Daisy). She's only 8 months old but, as you'd expect from that breed, she is already big and strong, and growing more so each day. She is so wonderfully enthusiastic about the world and approaches everything at lightening speed. I love that about her and don't want to curb her enthusiasm for life in any way, BUT - we have to stay safe!
I'm quite a small, lightweight person, and walking Daisy was getting to be a bit hairy. When she saw another dog she wanted to run over and greet it, when we saw a walker she wanted to jump up and shower him with kisses/slobber, and when she saw a car she didn't think twice about running in front of it to get to whatever was on the other side. She was completely friendly and harmless, but because of her size could be quite intimidating to passers-by, and on a standard collar and lead she was getting hard to handle. Something had to change!
We go to training classes and my trainer recommended trying a Halti.I bought one from Jollyes Pet Store (about £12), and it was the best money I have ever spent. I won't go into too much detail about its design and fitting because it's all on their website (www.halti.co.uk), but basically it fits around the head, with the lead attaching under the dog's chin (coupled also to your standard collar for safety in case the Halti comes off). It gives control because if the dog pulls against you, your light pressure on the lead turns its head towards you, and the dog is unable to tank off using its brute strength. It is completely humane and, after a few walks wearing it, the dog simply gets used to it being there and modifies its pulling, as it quickly learns that pulling is pointless.
They are available in four colours - Jollyes only stock black, so that's what I bought. It is made from nylon webbing and I did wonder how comfortable that would be, but I have never had a problem with it rubbing or chafing, and Daisy is happy to have it put on each time, so I suppose it must be comfy to her! It sits low on her nose and doesn't rub up into her eyes which I thought might happen when I first saw it.
I was so impressed with my Halti, that I bought an identical one in Red (for 'best', if you like!) and also the matching training lead. The red one is identical in fit and works just as well, but I did find that the colour faded after a couple of weeks. I suppose that's with exposure to sun and rain. It hasn't affected its performance at all so I really don't mind - in fact I quite like it faded! The training lead is lovely too. It is long, adjustable (as needed for serious obedience training) and very light-weight, yet robust and sturdy.
We still go to training classes and I hope that as Daisy matures and the training sinks in (!) we will no longer need the Halti. Already, after just a few weeks of using it, we are able to walk through exciting environments in a controlled manner and I barely need to apply any pressure to control her. Someone told me that dogs find the pressure on the nose calming in itself but I can't say whether that's true.
Our regime is that on quiet country lanes I keep her on an extending lead ATTACHED TO HER STANDARD COLLAR - NOT THE HALTI WHICH COULD BE DANGEROUS WITH AN EXTENDING LEAD. Then, when we meet another dog/person, or come to a busier road, I simply switch the lead onto her Halti and we heel-walk quietly and calmly with the extending lead in a fixed, short position. For training classes, we use the Halti training lead.
Since using the Halti both Daisy and myself enjoy our walks so much more as the stress has gone. I am calm and in control, and she doesn't get pulled about and shouted at! If you have a 'pully' dog, I would very strongly recommend trying this. But remember it is to supplement training, not replace it!
Our Doberman Pinscher is now 6 years old, and behaves very nicely on the lead - but that wasn't always the case. As a pup he was always a handful, and as he got older (and stronger) I found it almost impossible to walk him on a lead without being pulled over. I regularly got a strained shoulder, or dropped the lead to avoid injury and spent the next ten minutes chasing him round whichever field we were in as he caused chaos with any others dogs near us!
Following a very unsuccessful attempt by a professional dog trainer to teach us both (me and the Dobe) how to behave on the lead, my hubby did a little research and brought home a Halti head collar.
It really is a deceptively simple device; the head collar is thin nylon which fits over the nose of the dog, and there is another thin piece of nylon that clips from the head collar to the dogs regular collar - in case the head collar comes off for any reason you still have complete control of the dog. Your regular lead clips on to the head collar, underneath the dog's chin.
The principle of the Halt is also simple - the dog simply can't pull. When he tries, as the lead is attached to his head, he turns so he is facing you. To pull away from you, he has to pull sideways or backwards - which is not easy or natural!
Our Dobe hated it from the start, firstly he could not pull with any strength without pulling himself round in a circl and secondly I was suddenly in control of the walks we had, not him. The dog would stick his head into every bush we passed, rub the Halti on walls, roll on his back and everything else he could think of, but it never came off.
He settled down and got used to the idea, but it did take a while. Our walks were much happier from my point of view, and my poor shoulder had time to recover without constantly repeated injuries, but much less happy from his. If you decide to use a Halti, please stick with it. Your dog may not like it (almost definitely won't), but in the long run your walks will be much more enjoyable, and the better for the dog. Most dogs that pull on the lead choke themselves as the collar gets tighter; a sound all dog owners hate. The Halti eliminates this by simply making it very hard for the dog to pull. There is no pressure on the dog's neck, so he cannot suffer any long-term damage from constantly strangling himself.
Overall the Halti was the best buy for me with our Doberman - he learnt not to pull, and in a few months could be walked by me on a normal lead.
We haven't used the Halti since he was about 2 years old - so £8 well spent!
My Wheaten Terrier is a puller. He is surprisingly strong for his size and gets completely over-excited about his walk every day, which is not a good combination. No amount of careful training, classes and bribery could get him to calm down and trot along happily at my side and it was getting a bit embarrassing being dragged past the beer garden down the road every day.
So I got a Halti head collar and it changed my life!
The Halti comes in a variety of sizes and you can get padded versions for dogs with short coats or sensitive skin. My dog is very fluffy and there's nothing sensitive about him so I went for the standard nylon version, it cost around £10 and looking online that seems to be pretty average still.
The Halti SHOULD be easy to put on your dog, its really a very simple design. There's a band that fits around the nose, two straps that fasten together at the back of the head and a strap that fastens to the collar for extra security. In reality, when faced with an over excited, thrashing terrier who wants to see what the Halti tastes like, its not so simple. I initially went with the bribery technique and held a treat just on the other side of the nose piece so my dog had to put his nose through to get to it, this worked, well, a treat! After a few days though, hound was used to the Halti and associated it with a walk so was happy to have it put on.
You attach the lead to a metal loop under the dog's chin, the idea being that dog won't be able to get the momentum to pull you along as trying would cause the head to turn in the direction of the lead. I've found it to be amazingly effective and my walks are now soooo much calmer its actually changed my life!
The hound struggled with the Halti for about 2 minutes, shaking his head a bit and batting at his face ineffectively. But then he looked up at me with a slightly pathetic expression as if to say "Well its been a good couple of years dragging you through the local countryside, but it looks like you've finally won" and ever since then he's accepted the Halti unquestioningly and been a joy to walk. He trots happily at my side, the lead slack and my shoulder still in its socket. I even leave the Halti on during his off-lead times as it doesn't affect him at all, he can still catch his ball, play with other dogs etc. I just have to keep a watchful eye on him to make sure the Halti doesn't get caught on anything.
There have been no downsides at all to the Halti, and I'll be really glad of it when winter comes this year as being pulled along on black ice last year was no fun at all. If I wanted to be pulled at high speeds through snow and ice I'd have got a husky and a sled. The Halti is adjustable and washable and seems like it should be very hard wearing and long lasting.
If you're having any problems with a dog that pulls on the lead, I can't recommend the Halti highly enough. Its been like a miracle cure and I almost cried the first time I used it and realised what a difference it would make.
Walking our 2 year old setter was becoming a nightmare! He would pull so much that he often ended up with bloodshot eyes .We asked advice from our local vet who recommended we try using a halti collar.
The dog halti collar was created by Dr Mugford., an expert in dog behaviour.The halti. Head collar works in the same way as a horse head collar in that as you guide the animals head the body will follow. It looks a bit like a muzzle, something I don't like about it! It is made of strong nylon and is easy to wipe clean .We paid around £10 for a large size halti. Prices vary and its worth shopping around. The halti is widely available .
There are several sizes of halti available and is very important that you get the correct size for your breed of dog. The halti we have is well padded so doesn't rub the dogs fur. It is very easy to fit once you know how! There are clear instructions provided. There are several colour choices of halti on offer and we opted for black to match the lead. Once fitted onto the dogs head you will need to attach your lead to the clasp.
When I first fitted the halti onto my dog he hated it! However after struggling to get it off and failing he started to accept it and enjoyed his walk. In fact the first time I used the halti to walk him was the first time we both actually enjoyed a walk together! I really couldn't believe the difference uses this color made! I was able to control him with just a light grip and he didn't end up choking himself.
Overall I can highly recommend the halti. It has certainly revolutionized our dog walks!
Although our dog´s normally very well-behaved, she does like pulling you up the road when she goes for walks. We bought the Halti collar to help control her, as she´s suprisingly strong!
The Halti is a bit like a muzzle made of several strong strips of material, which you put on the dogs head and attach to the lead, so it doesn´t replace it. Apparently dogs pull through their shoulders, and this attaches the lead to the head which is much weaker, so they can´t pull as strongly.
We thought that it worked really well - it makes a big difference when we´re walking, and is very easy to put on the dog. She doesn´t really like wearing it, but accepts it in the end. It doesn´t stop dogs from breathing or moving freely, and is very cheap - it only costs a couple of pounds from most pet shops. The material seems to be very strong, and ours has never broken.
There aren´t really any negatives, as it´s a cheap product that works really well and makes going for walks so much easier. I suppose you could clean it easily with water as well, although we haven´t needed to do this. Possibly some dogs might really not like wearing it, which might be a problem, although it´s not uncomfortable for them, I don´t think.
Overall, I would recommend this product for all dog owners. There are different sizes for different dogs, although perhaps this is mainly something that is useful for bigger, stronger dogs.
I will give a quick overview because I realise this review is very long, because it is about the story of my little doggy and how great this has been, but incase you don't want to read all that here goes:
The Halti is a type of head harness that prevents your dog from pulling (i'd say more it stops him in his tracks when he starts pulling, doesn't really stop that action if your dogs a puller, he'll still go for it). It comes in a variety of sizes (i would say they are sized big, if you think your dog is between sizes go for the smaller one). It is a fantastic product, you'll notice improvement immediately.
SO, here goes the story of me and my doggy :)
This thing is a god send...it's made my unruley dog more manageable (at least when he's on the lead)
I rescued my dog as a puppy about a year ago, he's a mixed breed, even the vet couldn't figure out what he is :) But to give an idea he is a tad smaller than a lab, but not as well built, he's a bit scrawny. So taking him on walks before was beyond embarassing, he'd jump at everyone that walked past, spend his whole time pulling, scrambling around on the concrete trying to grab anything he could see on the floor and just generally being a nuissance. Also he would set off running and when the lead became tight he would almost lift off, and people would stare as if I was strangling him or pulling back on the lead, which I wasn't, it felt like there was nothing I could do.
So, initially I tried techniques of heel, and reward etc, but it really didn't get through, and to be honest I had probably lost patience and was just thinking he was a lost cause. But THEN my sister told me about this Halti, so as soon as I was back in the UK i went straight to pets at home, picked one up for £9.99 which seemed to me a lot to pay for a collar that looked like nothing but a few straps.
One thing I will mention now, I bought mine in a size 2 (Pets at home stocked 1, 2 and 3) And it is too big for my dog, though I think size 1 would be far too small considering it was meant for 'small dogs'. Anyway, tamper around with it for a while and I ended up just tying a knot in mine, worked fine (then you can just adjust as big/small as you like because the knot takes an inch or so off). So, the dog hated it at first, trying to put his nose through he was having non of it, but we played in the apartment for a while and he seemed to forget about it.
So, then came the big trip outside, the results were INSTANT, he did his usual dash for freedom out of the front door, only to be tugged back by the halti and stop in his tracks. It works by turning the dogs head when either they run off too far/you tug back, and they stop themselves rather than you holding back the force as a normal collar. Also it is impossible for him to jump up, I just give a yank and the Halti brings him back down.
At first everything was being saved by the Halti, but now he seems to have learnt with the Halti and I'd say 80% of the time on our walks the lead is slack!
One very important thing...ALWAYS put the safety catch on, because he has slipped out of the head collar at least 5times, but if you're hooked on to his regular collar it's fine. I say this because if you're using the Halti chances are you have a bit of a, let's say adventurous, dog :) So it's very important just to keep that attached and not get lazy, only takes 2seconds to hook it on and it'll give you peace of mind on your walk.
As far as my experience these things are pretty sturdy too, there's been no fraying or anything. One thing to bare in mind is this is not a full time collar, only use it for walks otherwise your dog will probably destroy it in minutes if left to play with it! But other than that we've been using ours for about 6months and never had a problem.
The only downside that i've found to it is that sometimes it does slip off (most likely because it's a little too big) and reattaching it I find is kind of gross, my dog has a tendency to pick up bones and what not and so I don't really like touching his slobbery collar mid-walk, so I take some hand wipes now with my doggy bags.
No other disadvantages I can think of, asides from the price but it is well worth that £10!
I would say this would be a fantastic training tool with pups too, I wish my dog had learnt to walk with this, then we would've enjoyed our walks from day one.
I have a Jack russell x Border Terrier named Star. She weighs about 4 kilos, is really strong and has tonnes of energy.
She pulls like crazy and basically acts like a rabid dog whenever we leave the house. As soon as we reach the park or a green area, she calms down completely.
I remember seeing this product on the Dog Whisperer and thought I'd give it a go seen as Cesar knows all (all hail Cesar!)
There were different sizes depending on the breed of the dog and prices started at £6.99. I paid £9.99 for Stars and hoped for the best.
It was really easy to put on and it also came with a safety strap which could be attached to the normal collar.
Star was really good when I put it on for the first time and low and behold, she couldn't pull at all! Miracle! It was as if she knew she couldn't so she didn't even bother trying.
She was, as I know now however, testing it for weaknesses. On the 4th wear, and I still have absolutely no idea how she did it, we were walking nice and calmly towards the park when she suddenly started violently shaking her head as if trying to get out of her collar. The main 'harness' then ripped in half and the whole thing fell to pieces. Luckily I had the safety piece attached to her actual collar so she didn't run out into the road.
For £10 I'd expected a little more use out of it and certainly didn't expect the material to rip in two. I don't know whether it was just a faulty one, if it was her sheer strengh or whether she was just so determined to pull, that nothing would stop her. I suspect the latter and doubt I'd buy another one!
We have a 11 month old Doberman / Staffy who we got from an owner who had never walked her on a conventional collar / lead. She pulled dreadfully, my partner (Who is 6ft tall) can walk her ok but it realy hurt my arm, every walk was a fight with her pulling to get to other dogs running riot. I purchased a Halti and have never looked back. It took a a week before we could go on a walk but it so important to take it slowly. We started with putting it on in the home, giving her treats, practising Sit, Paw etc to distract her. Putting it on for food and when playing in the garden, lett her to associate it with posative things. Then I moved to using the Halti link to connect it to her normal collar and connect the lead to the normal collar. This means the halti pulled slightly but not to much as most weight / pull was still through the normal collar. We walked around the garden and private quiet areas like this for two days. Then in our garden we tried using the lead attached directly to the Halti, we kept running and jogging together until she was relaxed. We did have one incident of being in the dog field early morning, she saw another dog and started pawing at the Halti (This was my own fault for having her in an environment with distractions to soon when she was not copletely confortable, this ended with a bleeding face from her paw and me having to take two steps back and continue training at home).
It took eight or nine days but she is a different dog, the halti is a brilliant training tool when used correctly. She now happily trots along next to me, if we see another dog 9/10 she ignores them but if she does pull excessively i have the strength to hold her back and stand still until she calms and we are ready to move off agin.
I think the important things to remember are, take your time - its not natural to wear a headcollar and it will take time. If you rush it you will scare your dog and you will never get them used to it.
Always use a Halti Link to connect to there conventionally collar, some dogs with shorter noses can learn to slip a Halit although your dog shoudl always be walking to heel so shouldnt really get the opportunity to do this.
Never use a Halti on a flexi Lead as you can hurt them if they reach the end of the lead but most importantly enjoy walking your dog knowing you are in control. We are aiming to get her back into using a conventional collar but fornow the Halti is the best £10 spent since geting our puppy! and anyone who says they are restrictive is talking rubbish, our dog can open her mouth, pant, lick, drink and bark like normal!
Within a week we saw huge differences!
When ever my girlfriend or I walked the dog she would forever be pulling our arms out of our sockets all she would do was pull when ever we had her on the lead. So we thought we'd go to pets at home to see if they had any suggestions and they pointed us in the direction of the halti. Who ever came up with the idea of these things deserve a medal.
When we got home we fitted the halti by putting it under her chin and above her nose. Then attach the collar part round her neck then clip it to her collar. Then off you go. No more pulling its fantastic and well worth the £17.00 we paid for it.
It also designed for you to steer you dog in which ever direction you would like to go in which make it very easy to contol your dog.
They come in Small, Medium and Large So obviously go for the size that would fit comfortably around your dog.
There is also no metal parts within the Halti which means you can rest at ease that it wont cut or injure your dog.
The Halti is very good as a training aid too and once you do daily walks with your dog wearing the Halti you'll soon get used to it.
You can buy these from all good pet shops but I recommend pets at home as they are very useful.
I don't want to raise people's hopes. like any product on the market you have to try it yourself. All I can do is tell you my experiences.
I am 5ft4" and weigh approximately 8 stone. To be honest I'm not sure I could lift my own body weight (Note to self: Must try to lift own body weight) Anyway, back in May I rescued a 9 month old pup from the local RSPCA. He had been taken in as he belonged to a tramp. The Council had found him a home but wouldn't let him take his dog (Harley).
Harley is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with a Lab. He is the size and weight of a Lab but has the wide head and chest of a Staffy and truely was a street dog.
It was getting to the stage that on various occasions I would return from a walk and think to myself "I can't do this anymore ! !". I would be dripping in sweat, blisters on my hands and close to tears. (Felt pretty pathetic really, starting to wonder if I had done the right thing.) I spoke to my local Vets and asked if they could recomend anything. People had suggested a harness but that wouldn't solve the fact that the dog is physically stronger than me and as far as I was concerned a choke chain was out of the question. The local Vet suggested I try the Halti Collar (I got mine from the local pet shop, depending on the size of your dog you are looking at a cost of around £6-£9, available in most good pet shops or vets).
How does it Work?:
The Halti collar fits in the same way a head collar is fitted on a horse and works in the same way as a bitless bridle would work, by applying pressure to the muzzle bringing the head down and in towards you. This makes the dog aware that you are talking to him and helps to teach and enforce voice control. And (so the makers say) the pressure on the muzzle has a calming effect.
The Story Continues :
At first he hated it. He would let me put it on and we would start walking but as soon as he saw someone else he threw himself on the floor and tried his hardest to pull it off his head, the whole time making noises as if I was beating him. This worried me as I didn't like to see him in distress. Again I contacted my vet, he told me to think of him as a naughty child throwing a tantrum and to ignore his behaviour as he wouldn't be able to pull it off and would eventually give in. I did and he did !!
The 2 most important things I have to say :-
1. Make sure you buy the right size collar. When I looked at the collar it looked far too small and I was extreamly doubt full that it would fit. If your collar is too large the dog will be able to get his paws underneath and pull it away from his head. (trust me, I'm on collar number 2 now!!)
2. The first time you try the collar, take your dog on a familiar walk. The walk you do every day, somewhere he is comfortable in his surroundings. (This is the only fair way to put it to the test). Ignore his/her attempts to try and pull/rub the collar off, remember if you keep walking unless they want to fall over, they won't be able to pull the collar off and walk at the same time.
Don't give up and TRY this pain free, non restrictive collar!! I offer my sympathy to anyone who is battleing with a head strong dog. It's made the world of difference to me and I'm just sorry I didn't know about the Halti Collar before. What have you got to loose ?? Good Luck !!
me and my partner have 2 alaskan malamutes and they pull like crazzy and wer totally out of control (jumping up at people etc )
then we bought a halti head collar for them & my god they are amazing :o
Before we got these our arms were sore and being pulled out the socket!
But then we bought these and PEACEFUL walking at last ! although they tried to paw it off there nose at first but two days later they were walking together perfectly it was such a relief . . we now take all sorts of places as of before we kept to the quiet lanes and tried to avoid horse + other dogs but now we have complete control of them its bBRILLIANT! i would reccomend these to any one especially those who own snow/sledge dogs , its a total reliew FAB! xoxoxox they actually listen to us now and they heal + sit + getting better at walking past other dogs (which is a bonus) :D
We own a westie and a collie/jack russel mix. Maggie, the collie/Jack russel mix tends to pull and she's very strong. As a rescue dog, we understand that they can be anxious, scared and have very needy personality as opposed to non-rescue dogs. She has bad walking habits when she's on the leash (pulling, turns around then pulls, doesn't listen) but when she's not on leash, she runs around the field and responds when we call her. She's very much behaved when she's not on leash. Unfortunately, we cannot let her off the lead often especially of there are other dogs, birds (has caught one before tsk) and horse (yes she has chased a horse before!) around.
I heard about this head collar thing from a tv show called It's me or the Dog (Victoria Stillwell) and mentioned it to my partner. We went to Pets at home and got one for her.
On the first try, just as expected, Maggie hated it. She kept rolling on the ground, rubbing her face on the grass trying to get rid of it. As days go by, she started to get used to it. Although she still express her hatred by rubbing her face on the ground.
I have to say I am quite impressed with it as she stopped pulling! It is very effective and would recommend getting this for your dog who pulls.
I currently have two dogs which I both use the halti on and find it fantastic; I have used the halti on three dogs in total. It is easy to put on however, it took a bit of time for my dogs to agree! They are a bit unsure of putting there nose through the peice that goes over the nose to being with, but after a fee treats the other side of it - no problem. To being with all have tried to rub it off there nose, this soon subsides with encouragement. There is a safety feature on the halti now which connects the halti to there collar as well. At first I thought great, especially for those with strong dogs - but just to note my dog has managed to get his paw threw it and get stuck! But it is removable which is what I have done. Another person has commented that they think it makes people think the dog is aggressive. I agree to a certain extend but with more pacid dogs like labadors now using halti's too, I think this is lessening. I have tried just about every dog collar, harness etc on the market and I would not be without my halti now, and would find it neigh on impossible to walk my dogs. Lastly I feel I should point out, my dogs to still manage to pull!! but it is limited and generally on the start on a walk as they are sooo excited! However I do have two siberian huskeys - which to be fair were bred for the purpose :)
Personally I feel the halti collars gives the impression that a dog is or can be aggressive. Although I know this isn't actually the case at all. Having owned dogs all my life and going through several different collars to find one that works well both for the dog and myself I would rate this collar as 8/10. The actually halti collar is well designed and does indeed do the required job of getting the dog to follow your direction and helping to stop pulling on the lead. When first changing from a traditional neck collar to a halti it can take time for the dog to get used to having something around the muzzle, if you persevere and let the dog get used to it in his or her own time generally this can be overcome quickly. When used correctly this can be a fantastic training tool for combating pulling on the lead. For all intents and purposes it is a good collar.
I`ve had mine for about a year now and I think they are brilliant.
It was when my dog Ziggy was about 8 months old and he was getting quite big. Hes a staff cross collie cross boxer. A bit of a mix and a big dog (45kg).
Being quite bouncy, especially around other dogs he was getting quite hard to control. I could hold him but he was constantly choking himself on his collar and when the missus took him for walks she really struggled.
The halti goes around the nose, round the back of the head and attaches to the collar. Kind of like reigns for a horse(ish). The dog lead then attaches to a little clip directly under the chin which acts as a slip. When the dog pulls, this slip tightens around the nose and turns the head to one side, making it uncomfortable for your dog to pull its way forward.
Buying this made a huge difference. The older kids no longer had an excuse for not taking Ziggy for walks and it was a lot easier in dog-to-dog confrontations when out and about.
My only gripe is that it is a bit uncomfortable for the dog, nothing major but he does get an itchy nose.
I dont believe it is a substitute for training your dog but an excellent tool to aide training.
By gently guiding a dog's head in the direction you want him to go the dog's body will follow.