We acknowledge and respect all differing opinions about the use of dog head halters. Some people believe that they can be a useful training tool that can help owners to better control their dogs and teach them good leash manners. However, others believe that head halters can be uncomfortable or even painful for dogs, and that they may cause a variety of negative physical and behavioural implications. Ultimately, whether or not a head halter is cruel will depend on how it is used. It is important to use any dog training tool, including a head halter, properly and with care, and to be attentive to the needs and well-being of your dog.
A dog head halter is a type of device that fits around a dog's head and snout. It's design focuses on the snout band where it will only tighten around your dog's snout if your dog pulls. This type of device has a number of benefits that make it a popular choice among dog owners.
One benefit of a dog head halter is that it can help to reduce pulling on the leash. When a dog pulls on the leash, it can be difficult for the owner to maintain control and steer the dog in the desired direction. A head halter allows the owner to apply gentle pressure to the dog's snout, which can help to redirect the dog's attention and encourage it to walk more calmly. Another advantage is that a head halter can also be an effective training tool for dogs that are prone to aggression or reactivity. By providing the owner with more control over the dog's head and mouth, a head halter can help to prevent the dog from lunging at other dogs or people. Overall, a dog head halter can be a useful tool for dog owners who want to improve their dog's walking experience, making walks more enjoyable and comfortable for both the dog and the owner.
Trigger is our beautiful Amstaff boy and he has struggled with reactivity towards other dogs when he was on a leash. Whenever he saw another dog, he would become extremely agitated and then lunge towards the other dog. This made it very difficult (especially for mum) to control him and it was stressful and unsafe for both of us. We tried lots of training techniques but nothing seemed to ensure the safety of ourselves, other dogs and their owners and of course, our boy Trigger. We knew that we weren't going to give up and just simply stop taking him out for walks. This is when we trialled our first sample of our Kontroller Head Halter. The head halter gave us much more control over Trigger's head and mouth, and it allowed us to redirect his attention. It also gave us a way to gently and safely correct his behaviour when he started to show signs of reactivity. The Kontroller Head Halter has an O-ring located at the bottom of his snout where the leash is often attached. However for us, we prefer to use the Komfort Slip Collar in conjunction with Kontroller Head Halter. The Komfort Slip Collar and Kontroller Head Halter work effectively together. We attach the Kontroller Head Halter’s safety clip to the Komfort Slip Collar and then attach the leash to the collar’s D-ring. This will result in a more gentle pressure on Trigger’s snout compared to attaching the leash directly to the bottom O-ring of the Kontroller Head Halter. When attaching the leash to the collar, the slip collar will slightly tighten along with the snout band as a chain reaction. We discovered that it was a great alternative approach to reduce the pressure around his snout even when he pulled on the leash. When choosing the appropriate size head halter for Trigger, we allowed a 2-3cm difference between the snout band circumference and his snout circumference meaning that the snout band sat loosely and comfortably over his snout. Over time, Trigger learned to be much more calm and controlled when we were out on walks. The Kontroller Head Halter was a game-changer for us, and it made our walks much more enjoyable and stress-free.
In summary, this is our complete and honest experience using the Kontroller Head Halter. When used correctly and responsibly, dog head halters can positively enhance the relationship between owners and their dogs. It provides dog owners more control and confidence to take their dogs out for daily walks and new adventures. If you are experiencing difficulty when walking your dog, this training tool could change everything.