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      22.06.2013 18:42
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      would recommend this product over other similar products

      This is my second head collar, my other being a Halti, the Halti was about half the price of this Canny collar, I really thought they were much the same with the only differance being the Halti is conected to the lead under the chin, very handy for getting tangled with my dogs legs, even though my dog knows how to step back and lift his paw to get out of it, it is still a bit of a pain.

      Buying the Canny collar took me a bit of time, was I really going to spend more money and at double the price for just another head collar, well yes I did and I am pleased I did, apart from the lead connecting behind my dogs head the canny collar pulls down on the dogs nose unlike the halti which can be pulled back into the dogs eyes very easily, in about 4 months of using the Halti my dog yelped out about 6 or 7 times not good and if your like me you will feel guilty.

      There are 7 sizes for the Canny collar so measuring is a must, this is done just behind the ears, there is only 2 inches to each size for example the smallest is 9" to 11" and the largest is 21" to 23", there is a chart for the breed of dog but most of these say two sizes so thats only a small help.
      There is also four colours black, pink, red and blue I went with the black to match in with my border collie's black fur.

      The collar itself is good unlike some cheap rubbish that is around with cheap plastic clips this has a proper belt buckle and the eye holes are metal rings, giving a nice solid collar that fits really snug, if you measured correctly anyway. The head strap is not fixed to the actual collar but instead is fed through two metal square hoops on both side of the collarat the front there is a plastic guider simpy pull some of the strap though this and over your dogs nose and gently pull the strap tight, the plastic guider is pretty loose so I am not sure why its there as it would work the same without it. At the back of the dogs head there will be the two ends of the strap, these have metal hoops to attatch your leash to.

      When not in use or when you are letting your dog run off leash simply unconnect the leash, slip of you dogs nose and pull the strap ends around dogs neck and were they meet clip together using the two metal caribina clips supplied.

      Does it work, well yes but you will still need to train your dog, your dog will stop pulling giving you a chance to teach him what you want from him like walking to heal, your dog still needs to understand what is going on as using a leash of any kind is basically taking away his normal instincts.

      If your dog gets out of the head strap he is still secure on the lead, it just means he is being walked like on a normal collar, getting out of the head strap while walking is not really possible but at times were you stop and the leash is very loose it will slip off easy, going though gates is an example of when my dog slips it off. He also slips it of when he is sitting on the grass verge waiting for cars to pass.

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        14.07.2011 20:47
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        Really does make him caw canny

        We were given the Canny Collar for our Guide Dog pup, who at over 10 months old now, is still a bit pully when he first leaves the house, and far too strong for me to deal effectively with it without help. It's highly important to note that the Canny Collar is just that - help. It is not intended to be a permanent tool (unless you're happy to not actually address the problem, just mask it - naturally Guide Dogs cannot).

        The Canny Collar is black, and the main part is a thick padded material for comfort; this fastens with a chunky easy to use buckle. At the front of the collar are 2 silver D rings (which are actually rectangular shaped, but you get the idea). There are another two of these, one toward each end of the collar. Through all four rectangular rings is a length of strong webbing with a movable yellow plastic clip on it and two D shaped D rings, one on each end.

        Putting it on take a little getting used to, but after I had it shown to me once I was able to get it on pretty quickly the next time. It looks, and will no doubt sound, a lot more complicated than it really is! You put the main collar part on as a normal collar, using the appropriate buckle hole so it fits properly but you can get two fingers between the collar and the dog's neck. Next, you take the D rings on the end of the webbing and attach your lead to them. Finally, you pull the webbing through the little yellow clip, ensuring said clip stays under the dog's chin at all times, and slip the loop this creates up over the muzzle.

        I'll take this opportunity to briefly explain, that I use it a little differently; Guide Dog leads are 'double' in that they are a length of leather with a clip attachment on each end; when using normally you clip one end to a D ring near the other end and it acts as a normal lead, giving you two lengths of leather to hold in your hand. With me?

        So with the Canny Collar, I take one end of the Guide Dogs lead and clip it to the Canny Collar D rings and I clip the other end of the lead to my dog's regular collar, which is worn at the same time. I then take the length controlling the Canny Collar in my left hand, and the other attached to his normal collar in my right. This lets me control his pulling with my left hand (which is the side Guide Dogs must be trained on) and gives me my right hand to use against his normal collar if I need to alter his position or pull him away from something interesting on the ground! I don't pull on the Canny Collar in these instances as this would not be nice for the dog. This is explained further when I describe how the Canny Collar works. Hope you're still with me?

        So how does it work? Basically, when the loop is over the muzzle and the dog pulls, it essentially pulls the muzzle downward, towards the chest. This does not hurt, it does not panic the dog in any way, they just don't like it, and they don't get anywhere by pulling! So they (should) quickly learn to slow down. When walking nicely, there is no strain caused by the Canny Collar, no pulling on the muzzle, and their mouths are not restricted whatsoever during use, so long as you are using the collar correctly. It's important to make sure you do use it properly. So as may now be apparent, the reason I use two collars, one in each had essentially, is that I do not want to pull Dogface's muzzle downward when he's walking nicely. He can be walking well and see something interesting and veer towards it, if I pull on the Canny Collar then that is a worse experience for him than it needs to be. I only want HIM to cause the pulling down of his muzzle, so he can learn how not to cause it.

        When Dogface calms down, I remove the muzzle loop, pull the webbing through so it''s not flapping about, and adjust my hand position on his lead (which is now longer due to the webbing). If he starts being daft again, it goes back on. The aim is to get back to using only a regular collar, they cant have aids like this being used when they are working. I think we're getting there!

        How much difference does it make? The short answer, in my experience, is a LOT! Dogface quickly learned that if he walked nicely he was comfortable, and would even get it off if he was good. If he starts pulling again, I get him to sit down (he totally knows whats coming and hangs his head) and put the muzzle loop back on. You do have to get the balance right in terms of the tension needed, as if you hold it too loosely, the dog can easily raise their paw and flick it off, faster than you can blink! This is only because they feel it over their muzzle and it's something foreign to them.

        A good tip though is when you put it on for the first time, put it on out of the house, after you've already started your walk; once you get it on keep walking quite fast and try not to stop at all, this gives the dog other things to think about and helps it get used to the different collar by encouraging them to realise it's not a Big Bad Horrible thing!

        They are strong, all stitching is really tight and thick. The nature of webbing material means it's an excellent choice for the moving strap - it's light, comfortable and very hard wearing. All the rectangular clips are attached to the main collar not only by a flap of material but a whole length of it, the entirety of which is very well stitched to the body of the collar. You can wash it in the machine if you need to, but this is unlikely.

        They should be removed completely when free running your dog, as they have far too many flappy bits that can get caught, potentially causing injury. I have been told that you can buy clips to make them safe, but I can't comment on these. I imagine though it's just easier to take the thing off! These collars do not have a ring for attaching tags or anything, so for that reason I would recommend using in conjunction with a regular collar (that can remain on when free running), whether you use the lead only on the Canny Collar, or on both as I do.

        Ours is a size 5, which I see ranges in price from around £10 to £16. Obviously we did not pay for this, but having used it I would pay these prices for my own dog if it was needed. They really work and are a great training aid. The only bad thing is I feel so guilty when Dogface hangs his head and looks unhappy about getting it put on! I know they don't hurt, they're not even uncomfortable when on properly and the dog is behaving, but it's his little face....

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          26.01.2011 18:31
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          A simple and effective way of stopping a dog from pulling on the lead

          I am the proud owner of a very lively playful 8 month old working English Springer Spaniel (ESS) a notoriously lively active breed. When we first got her as a 10 week old puppy we decided that we would make a real effort in training her properly, which was not as easy as it sounded since we also have 2 younger and lively children that were keener on playing with and indulging the puppy 24/7 rather than training it.

          ATTEMPTS AT TRAINING

          Doing a bit of research and looking at different sources of information I decided to broadly adopt the training system made popular by 'The Dog Listener' Jan Fennell, which to me made sense and was a very gentle training regime. A few months on we have a very well adjusted and well behaved Springer, which if you've ever come across the breed is no mean feat! The one area that has not worked out as planned is that of walking on the lead, here we can say that we have to an extent failed. Our dog is not good at walking on the lead, she pulls and lunges and generally makes the walks a bit of a chore for us all. Since we live in town it is a problem we had to address. As she get bigger and stronger it has become almost impossible for my kids to take her out for walks since they struggle to keep her under control. We have followed all the advice we could find, training with both long and short lead, reward based training, reinforcing the pack hierarchy etc. We religiously stopped walking when she pulled, we changed direction we did everything that we could and still she pulled. Now some might argue that is possible to train a dog not to pull with just training and they may be right possibly with more strict and rigorous enforcement of the training regime this might eventually work but it in the end you have to be practical and it simply wasn't working for us. Even on her best days when she was tired out after and long run off the lead she would still not manage to walk for more than a few minutes without lunging.

          OTHER ALTERNATIVES

          So with some reservation I decided to try some other option to resolve the problem. My first purchase was a so called 'non-pulling' harness, which made things better only in providing more control over the dog and not pulling back on her neck, but she still pulled. I looked into the 'Halti' collars but decided that they didn't look very good for the dog. Pulling the dog's head to one side as they do I suspect would not be good for the vertebrae in the neck and could cause long term damage, then I found the Canny collar and I have never looked back.

          THE PRODUCT

          The Canny collar is a specialist dog training collar which is designed to help stop your dog pulling on the lead when walking. It is not a muzzle or head-collar. It is made up of simple conventional collar with an extra band that fits over the nose of your dog. The band once fitted can slip backward and forward depending on the dog pulling or not. The idea is that it does not jerk the dogs head from side to side but simply tightens around the base of the mouth halting the dog in it forward motion. It still allows the dogs mouth to open and should not be used as a replacement for a muzzle. As far as I can see it does not cause the dog any discomfort and is safe for the dog.

          The band that goes across the dogs nose is wide enough not to cut into the skin and does not ride up into the eyes, bearing in mind that I'm describing it's use with a Springer spaniel which has a medium to long snout compared to its neck size. The lead used with the collar shouldn't be too long and it fits to the collar behind the dogs head.

          FITTING IT

          The dog's neck has to be accurately measured before ordering the product. Depending on the dogs neck size different size of collars can be ordered, our required a Size 2 (28cm - 33cm/11" - 13") seven size ranges in total are available.

          The collar fits around the neck just below the snout and is fastened by a buckle which should be positioned at the back of the neck. Once the collar in place it should be a snug fit but still allowing a couple of fingers to go underneath it. The dog however should not be able to remove the collar by pulling its head back and sliding it over its ears.
          Once the collar is fitted pull each end of the thin slip line behind your dog's head and attach your lead to both 'D' rings at each end. Take the slip line through the plastic guider at the front of the Collar and place it over the dog's snout. You are now ready to walk!

          SO WHAT'S IT LIKE?

          Nothing short of a miracle! At first my dog was a bit apprehensive and I decided to fit the collar on without the snout part just to get her used to it, lots of cuddles and praise and a few treats made the process stress free for both her and me. Once the snout band was in place she did at first try to get it off by pawing at it and sliding her snout along the floor but this didn't last long once we decided to go for our first walk. At no time did I feel her to be in distress or uncomfortable (maybe a little surprised). When we started walking she did her usual lunge but was confused by the pulling action of the band on her nose and she stopped, again I didn't feel she was in any discomfort form the collar but she decided to stick next to me and walk, a couple more tentative pulls and that was it she just walked beautifully.

          To say I was surprised would be a massive understatement. I had hoped that the collar would work, maybe reduce the pulling, give me more control but this was beyond all my expectations! It transformed my dog from a habitual 'puller' to the walking habits of a guide dog in a matter of seconds. Walking the dog was a pleasure and I felt that she relaxed as well. I held her on a short lead but as she is an inquisitive dog she could happily walk along with her head down sniffing as she likes to do or jumping up on low walls to see what's on the other side. The collar did not prevent her exuberance and naturally lively behaviour, which is a joy to see and a characteristic of the breed, it just managed to control it so that it made me and her more relaxed on the walk.

          If you need to take the dog off the lead at any stage on the walk there is a neat way of removing the band over the nose and tucking it around the neck collar fastened together using two small metal clips provided. This ensures a quick release from the lead when letting the dog off for a run in the park for instance. One problem I had using a 'non pull' harness was the time and difficulty of taking the damn thing off in the park and then putting it back on when resuming the walk.

          A QUALITY PRODUCT?

          The product is very well made using sturdy materials, the various clips and buckle are metal and look as if they will last, the collar is made from tough synthetic weave, so no problem when it gets wet and comes in a choice of colours black, blue or red.

          The collar is packaged in a small open sided cardboard box and comes with a small instruction booklet on how to correctly fit it including helpful illustrations. You should be careful to follow the instruction to ensure correct and safe use of the collar but I found the manual easy to follow and the collar easy to fit. The manual is small however and the print size could be a problem for some people.

          If you have difficulty there is a helpline you can phone and a web site that goes through the fitting process in 7 easy steps and provided more information and advice on potential problems that could arise if the dog doesn't take to it straight away.

          ANY DISADVANTAGES?

          Difficult to find faults with this product but one minor disadvantage is that it can't be used with an extendable or long lead, the nose band would become lose and slip off. Ideally this should be used to walk the dog on an ordinary short lead close to your side. Although clearly explained the fitting is at first a little fiddly not helped by the dog being excited by a new collar and the prospect of going for a walk you soon get used to fitting it and after a while it take no time at all.

          PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

          The Canny collar can be easily bought online from a variety of sellers. I got ours from a company called Pendulum (I believe they are the distribution arm of the producers) which was the cheapest I found at £13.95 + 2.75 first class delivery (ordinary delivery is obviously a little cheaper). The collar also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a lifetime product guarantee. It is also on sale on other websites and some pet stores.

          OVERALL

          I know there will be some dog owners who will say that these types of collars are unnecessary if the dog is trained properly and this maybe is fair comment and probably what I would have said in the past. All I know is that I tried the training methods and in this instance with my dog they didn't work. It was getting to the stage where the stress felt by me and the rest of the family was becoming a problem and would also begin to affect the dog. So we are where we are... this product provided a great solution for the problem we had.

          I'd have no hesitation in saying this is an excellent product, well made and it does 'what is says on the tin'. But beware of its limitations and always follow the instruction for use and fitting. If you do this I think you'll be happy with the results.

          Highly Recommended

          ©Mauri 2011

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            14.11.2010 16:24
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            This is one of the best dog training collars on the market. Excellent!

            Ok, so I admit that I was asking a bit much to want my very muscular Husky dog to stop pulling so much but really, it was getting a bit ridiculous. The last straw was the day that I came home in a filthy mood and even filthier clothes after being pulled down a muddy embankment by a (previous white) pooch. I tried everything; harnesses (which allowed her to put her back into the pulling - a huge improvement from her doggy point of view) , halti collars (pulled her head left and right and obstructed her vision at times - cue miserable pooch with bleeding scratches on her nose where she tried to get rid of it!), metal leads, short leads, retractable leads and numerous collars that just wore out - but everything failed to tame my little power-house.

            I'll admit that I was completely desperate. I spent a couple of hours on the internet one day and came across a product called 'The Canny Collar'. I read the reviews with some skepticism and despite my better judgement actually found myself becoming just a little hopeful. All of the reviewers seemed to have experienced the same problems with other products that I had. Many of them seemed to own large or powerful dogs and they claimed that the product worked!

            I checked the sizing chart which was very comprehensive and measured around my dog's neck as per instructions. Armed with the suggested size I ordered the product and forgot about it until it arrived a couple of days later.

            The fitting instruction sheet was surprisingly easy to follow with some excellent illustrations. Unlike other products, I was fairly confident that I wasn't fitting it back to front or upside down (trust me, it HAS happened!). The collar fastens around the neck with a small nose loop finally being lifted up and over her nose. I hooked up the lead to the D rings on the Canny Collar and stepped back, frankly expecting instant objections from my pup. She stared back at me hopefully expecting the offered walk which I duly did, somewhat nervously.

            I am amazed to report that despite rubbing her nose against my leg a couple of time to try and remove the nose piece we actually had the first peaceful and enjoyable walk ever as dog and owner. :-) Hurrah!!!!

            Further experiments have included the park on a Saturday (lots of other dogs around) and the beach - and still no problems at all! The Canny Collar is amazing. I just wish that I hadn't wasted so much money on all the other products. Anyone need a harness at all?......

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            11.09.2010 23:30

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            We tried the halti and also the pets at home harness collar for our pulling labrador puppy. Neither of these worked and then we were recommended the canny collar. To our surprise this collar works really well, you have to make sure that you keep the tension on the lead to stop it coming off the dogs nose but when you have mastered this it works extremely well at stopping the dog from pulling. I won't walk our dog without it now.

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            09.04.2010 12:40
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            I can now walk her daily instead of once a week

            My dog is 20kg and a very bad puller. I had numerous back and arm injuries from walking her so i never walked her as much as she needed as well as not being able to control her very well when she saw another dog. I used a Halti before but wasn't happy with the way it pulled her head to the side (especially when she tried to run to other dogs).
            I saw a lot of good reviews for the Canny so i bought her one. It isn't quite as effective as the halti (she can still pull but i can now easily control her) but i would still use it as it is much safer for her and she could slip the halti where as if the canny is on her properly she has no chance slipping it.
            With her being a hound (neck bigger than head and muzzle) the halti was a very bad fit for her (especially around the muzzle as it wouldn't tighten properly). With the canny the rest of the muzzle strap goes behind her head so it will fit any dog whether they have a common sized muzzle or not.
            She now goes for a walk as soon as i get home from college unlike before where she got a walk about once a week - her behaviour has also improved generally and with other dogs as she is seeing them more and getting out of the house.

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            23.03.2010 12:15
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            A great investment, really works well and seems comfy for the dog.

            Having a four stone Boxer who liked to sit on other dogs if they got too close and gnash her stumpy teeth in their face, I needed a training aid that would help me keep better control over her in crowded parks where other dog owners liked to let their pets run loose.

            I had previously used the Halti head harness, but as my Boxer had a short nose, it would often fall off. I also didn't like the fact that it didn't attach on to their collar- I was always worried about it slipping off, so used an extra attachment to keep it and the collar together.

            I was recommended this product and found it to solve all the problems I had with Halti. As a collar which buckles into place with a reinforced metal eyelet forms part of the head harness, it felt much more secure. There is then a strap that goes around the dog's muzzle, this did not prevent my dog from snapping, but rather gives you more control by breaking eye contact with the other dog and making your dog easier to lead away from the situation.

            The other great thing about this collar is that the harness is held behind the head, rather than to one side of the face. This means that when the dog pulls against it, their head is drawn down, rather than to one side. Far less chance of the dog being jerked to one side and hurting themselves. The strap that goes over the nose is much thicker than the normal straps, preventing it from cutting in under the eyes. Because of this added comfort, I felt much better about letting my dog have a long lead, and so the ability to sniff about and have a better walk.

            Also, when you don't need the harness on, you can clip it back using caribiners so it's out of the way, but still there for those times when you need control quickly (when that amorous Labrador is trying to be over friendly again!)

            You can buy these in a variety of sizes to ensure you get the right fit for your dog (from puffball pootchies to mastiffs) and they are available from the company's website (their customer service is really quick and friendly) or from stockists such as Amazon for around £12. A well made collar, that I never had any problems with, even when my boxer was taking a crazy-I'm-gonna-kill-you-for-looking-at-me-buster attack.

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              If your dog pulls- buy one now

              Walking my border Collie Rosie was never much fun, she pulled like a steam train from the very first time i took her out and nothing could cure it. We tried the 'Dog borstal ' method of stopping and changing direction every time she pulled, she soon worked out that this was a brilliant way of getting a longer walk so pulled even more (not daft those collies!) We also tried the Halti, ok the first time until she got used to it and then she still pulled, only sideways this time!

              Then one day i was talking to a friend who told me she had bought this new collar from the local vets and it had stopped her Spaniel pulling instantly. I was a bit sceptical as it sounded very much like a Halti but thought i would give it a go.

              The collar is called the Canny collar and comes in a bright orange pillow shaped package with a picture of a rather smug looking Jack Russell on the front (look at the pic above you'll see what i mean!)

              It comes with instructions in the pack and also 2 caribiner clips (will explain that later)

              The collar which is of strong nylon construction with a heavy buckle fits round the dogs neck as usual, attached to the collar is a thinner strap of nylon which you pull out in a loop at the front and pop over your dogs nose, the two ends of this strap have small d rings on and its these that the lead fastens to at the back of the dogs neck.

              If the dog pulls its nose gets pulled down towards its chest making it impossible for him/her to pull any further (without doing a highly amusing forward roll as Rosie found out on her first try)

              Unlike the halti the straps around the nose don't ride up into the eyes making it a lot more comfortable for the dog to wear. Yes they will try to paw it off but that soon wears off and if they manage it its simple to pop it back on again.

              The beauty of this system is that because the straps are attached to a normal style collar there is no danger of it slipping off and your dog running away.

              If you want to let your dog off of the lead then that is when the caribiner clips come into play, simply take off the lead,cross the two straps behind the neck and round to the front and clip to each other with the caribiners This way your dog can run free without the straps dangling and getting tangled up in its legs.

              The Canny Collar is available in 7 different sizes covering a neck measurement from 9" up to 23"
              Rosies is a size 3 suitable for neck sizes from 13"-15" On the back of the box is a size guide but the vet kindly let me try it on Rosie to double check it was the right size because obviously even the same breed of dog varies widly in size.

              The company has a website- cannyco.co.uk and they are available to purchase through there for £13.95 for all sizes, this is cheaper than the vets as mine cost £15.95 and the bigger sizes were a couple of pounds more, however i did get the chance to try before i bought it. The website also has videos explaining how to fit it correctly and showing it in use on some different dogs.

              I thoroughly recommend this collar, i have tried everything else on the market and nothing else comes close to the Canny Collar.

              Rosie wants to add a p.s.... I don't like it, i get shorter walks now as Mum doesnt do the turn around and walk 3 times as far method...also everyone laughed when i did the forward roll...:-(

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              Collar designed for dog training