There are a variety of tools available in today’s marketplace for training your dog, including clickers, prong collars, collars, leashes, treats, etc. One tool that seems to be missing from the spot light, especially for leash training hyper, “hard to train” dogs, is the head collar. The head collar is an easy to use, humane, and inexpensive addition to your training regimen.
The head collar functions in much the same way a halter does on a horse. The loop slips over the dog’s muzzle and the head strap is then clipped in place behind the dog’s ears. Once affixed, a leash is attached to the ring beneath the dog’s chin, allowing the owner control over the dog’s head. From this position the person holding the leash maintains control over the dog’s head, yet the dog is still able to open his mouth and eat, drink, bark, and sniff.
With a traditional training method, such as a choke chain or prong collar, trauma can be caused to the throat region through excessive force or unnecessary repetition of the “choke” function as a reprimand. This is definitely not beneficial to the relationship between dog and owner, nor is it good for the dog’s health and well being.
With newer training methods, such as clicker training, the effects of the training are inconsistent and require a lot of time and reinforcement. Time is a precious commodity for many of us in this day and age, and this method simply does not work for all of us.
The head collar makes it easy to walk a dog who is particularly unruly and willful. There is no harsh reprimand or inconsistency, and the time required for the initial training is minimal. Once the dog has had a sufficient amount of time to get used to the feel of the head collar (normally 1-2 weeks) it is simply a matter of holding the leash. That’s it. When the dog attempts to pull he will instead find his head turned at a ninety degree angle and will be unable to proceed without your movement.
For around $20.00, the head collar is essential for anyone with a minimal amount of time available to invest in the training of their dog on a leash. They cause no harm to the dog’s throat and provide a consistent, gentle reprimand for unwanted pulling.