What They Are And How They're Used
The head collar, or halter is a dog collar that is used primarily to control the
dog's head. The premise being that the dog's body has to follow its head. The collar consists of a loop that goes
around the dog's neck attached to another loop that goes around the dog's muzzle. The loop that goes around the
dog's muzzle does not restrict the dog from drinking, eating, or biting if it is predisposed to do so.
Although it looks somewhat like a muzzle, I does not perform the function of a
muzzle. There are different brands of head collars, such as Halti, Gentle
Leader or Promise, Control Ease, Holt, and Infin8 Halter. They all differ slightly in the way they are made with
each of the brands advertising why they are better than all the others.
When the leash is pulled, either
by the handler or the dog, this type of collar turns
the dog's head and pulls it towards the handler. It also puts pressure on the dog's muzzle. Proponents of the
head halter describe it is "scientific", in that it supposedly mimics the way higher-ranking wolf shows
dominance by grabbing a lower-ranking pack member around the snout with his jaws. Some research indicates
that there is no hierarchal structure in a wolf pack.
Most dog owners ho have reviewed
any of the head collars say it is very helpful in controlling otherwise difficult-to-control dogs. However, it is
not a really a training collar. It is used in conjunction with a training collar, if the dog is in training.
Frequently, it is used on otherwise untrained dog to keep the dog from pulling on the leash.
information on head collars and training collars, click on training collars.
A trained dog is a happy dog
and has a happy owner.
For information on
dog training, click on Dog Training.