people find that a headcollar helps with pulling dogs. I've found that
get on with them and some dogs don't. I've never used one on Jamie
because he simply doesn't like them but Sasha doesn't seem to care one way
or another. I never use them just for going for a walk but at agility
shows and at training classes they can be helpful in controlling a
Dogs with short noses such as boxers don't get on so well with a headcollar
and I've seen a rottweiler pull backwards out of the headcollar and walk
off! With dogs like this you may be better off with a harness. When you first
use a headcollar you need to teach your dog how to wear it and how to walk
in it. Try the headcollar on very briefly and praise the dog.
Give a tasty titbit and have a little game. That was fun for the dog.
Now try it again. If the headcollar is adjustable make a quick note of
the bits that need adjusting and take it off again. Praise the dog and
have another little game. Adjust the headcollar and carry on
with the training.
the dog is happy to wear something round it's face you can leave it on a bit
longer and give praise and titbits. When you and the dog are perfectly
happy with all the adjustments and the general fit of the headcollar you can
try walking a little way to see how you get on. In the picture on the
right Sasha is wearing a homemade headcollar. She poses quite
comfortably but she'd rather be going for a walk in it!
Don't ever force your dog or frighten your dog where headcollar's are
concerned. Gentle training is much easier and you and your dog will be
Headcollars come in all shapes and sizes. Some are the figure of eight
type like the Gencon and the mountain rope ones shown below. They are all in one headcollars
and leads. Some people
have stitched a stop behind the metal ring to prevent it from tightening too
Sasha sometimes wears a Gencon like the one above on the left at training
classes and at shows but I'm careful to stop it from tightening too much. If it
does tighten then it's time for me to take her away from the action to calm
down a bit.
Here are some of the different types of headcollar available from the
Agility Bits Doggie Shop.