What does your dog wear for a walk? Does he wear a standard collar, a martingale, a harness, or a headcollar?
In my house, it both depends on the dog, and where we’re going. Scooter generally walks with a standard rolled leather collar (so it doesn’t pull his hair) or a breathable mesh harness. Bear’s gear can be a little more complicated. For day wear- he’s typically in his martingale collar- this works for potty breaks, car ride, hiking, and going to the dog park. If we’re going on more of an urban walk, to a popular park, or walking around in the city we need something with a bit more control.
I was first introduced to headcollars about 10 years ago, after adopting Bear. Believe it or not, my old boy used to slip out of everything we’d put on him! We tried buckle collars, clip collars, and harnesses, all of which he could easily wriggle out of if the moment felt right. It came to the point where walking him was just downright un-enjoyable- and became more of a worry than anything. Our trainer suggested a headcollar to maintain some control over Bear and to help keep him focused. It took a bit of training him to get used to the headcollar, but once we did, it worked beautifully!
Bear eventually learned to walk well on a leash, no matter what he was ‘wearing’, but the headcollar was a true break through moment in his training. His original halti brand collar was lost somewhere along the way and we hadn’t used one for several years. On days after we’d had a less than stellar walk my mind would creep back to the headcollar, wishing we had it once more. Bear’s the type of dog who sorta needs a constant general reminder of the rules, so his walking manners have slipped in the absence of his headcollar, and we’ve been feeling ready to get him back into a manner filled walking regime.
Halti, a trademark of In the Company of Animals (the makers of the awesome AnxietyWrap), has come out with a new and improved head collar that I’d like to share with you today. Called the Halti OptiFit headcollar, this is the best one yet. I had two minor complaints about the original headcollar that have been completely addressed in this new OptiFit model.
1. The nose band is softer, for a more comfortable wear. Bear often used to find his itchy after wearing it for any duration of time
2. The OptiFit headcollar has a separate clip to attach to your dogs regular collar. It’s like a backup in case they slip the nose band off- and I love that.
One of the best things about this product is the company’s evident dedication to the success of the owners and dogs who use their products. Each Halti Optifit headcollar comes with a small instructional booklet and DVD to fully guide you on your headcollar journey. I personally found the booklet to include all the right info- pictures as well, but the DVD is great for those who need additional help or just like to see things in action. There are even videos and further instructions available online as well as an email address you can contact with questions or concerns to ensured success.
The Halti OptiFit headcollar is easy to use, just as fast as putting a collar on your dog, and affords you a higher level of control than any other type of dog accessory I’ve encountered. The concept of controlling large animals by using headcollars is as old as the domestication of farm animals. Halti headcollars operate under the assumption that ‘when you guide the dog’s head, his body must surely follow’ and they couldn’t be more spot-on in my opinion. This is a gentle method that I firmly believe is the easiest way to teach your dog to walk nicely and confidently on the leash. If it can work for my bull headed Bear-boy, then it can work for you too! I’ve added the Halti OptiFit headcollar to our amazon store for your easy reference.
So now I’d love to know- what does your dog wear for a walk?
Disclaimer: In The Company of Animals provided SheSpeaksBark with a Halti OptiFit headcollar to try out for this review. SheSpeaksBark was not compensated in any way to write this post. All thoughts and opinions are exclusively my own, and we only share products and services on SheSpeaksBark that we feel are relevant to our readers. As always, thank you for supporting brands that make SheSpeaksBark possible!