We worked with the head collar (Halti brand, Premier makes one called the Gentle Leader) for a couple of weeks while dog walking. It did give great control over Ellie and almost completely took care of her jumping. The only problem is she does not like it and has to stop a couple of times during the walk to roll around on the ground and scratch her nose, preferably on the grass. So I decided to try the Premier Easy Walk Harness instead.
I actually liked this design of the premier easy walk harness from the beginning. I have used harnesses on a lot of our dogs and although they give good control the dogs pull like mules. Researching the different collars and harnesses available to help train to walk on loose lead I read something about an “opposition reflex” which refers to hooking a dog into a harness that the lead buckles on the back. This creates the same situation with a dog pulling something and may create a situation where the dog will pull harder since that is what they think they should be doing. So the design of harness should be where it hooks into a ring on the chest area instead of the back. Makes sense. [Read more…]