I have had my dog Eva for almost a year now and have been on a seemingly never ending quest to train her on our walks. She is very strong and can pull me off balance really quickly and in her eagerness to get out walking and checking everything out often tugs me along and hurts my joints (in particular my left shoulder which frequently sprains) and that doesn't exactly make me keen to walk her lol
When I first got her she had a choker chain which sort of worked for a while but I think that was just like a "honeymoon" period while we got to know each other. After a while it just wasn't enough so I started looking for more effective methods. I love watching Cesar Milan's Dog Whisperer show and thought the Illusion Collar must be the best way. I found that although this was intended to sit the collar up around the top part of her neck, it frequently slipped back down as I couldn't get it tight enough on her without being too tight.
So then I decided to look into harnesses since she is so strong lol and next got the CantrolCord Dog Harness. The intent of this harness is to mimic the "pinch" of a mother dog picking up her puppy by the scruff of the neck, or biting to correct the dog's behaviour. Again I found myself having to constantly adjust the harness while walking as it would slip from above her ribs to around her stomach, and it still didn't stop her from pulling on me.
My Mum just recently moved to a place where she can have a dog and got a new puppy from the RSPCA that came with a Halti Head Collar and she advised me to try it with Eva. I was sceptical and kinda brushed the idea off (sorry Ma!) but when we took Eva for her bath at the pet store I took a look at the collars and harnesses there and had a talk to the sales person who swore by the Halti.
The Halti collar is designed sort of like a muzzle so that when the dog pulls against the leash the harness gently closes their mouth which they don't like and pulls the head to one side.
Well I bought one then and there with a new collar and took Eva for a walk this morning.....MAGIC!! On a one hour walk not once did Eva pull hard enough to hurt even a twinge, and when she started to pull ahead all I needed to do was give the leash a small tug and she came back into line. It was a delightful walk and I am now really looking forward to getting into a daily routine with her
Here she is looking spunky in her Halti on our walk this morning:
Happy Furmama and Happy Furbaby LOL