Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013
in Pets & Animals
I recently purchased a Headcollar for Luna, my wolfwog, since she’s been pulling on her leash a lot when we walk. My tattoo artist, Holden of Formula Ink, recommended that I try one of these. He said that almost instantly, it solved the issue of his dog pulling on the leash when walked. I refuse to use a choker, especially one that puts her in pain when she pulls. This seamed like a way to walk her with the ability to let her know she shouldn’t be pulling, but also without putting her in any pain.
I found that the Headcollar works awesome. Luna hated it at first and she tried to rip it off her face in any manner she could imagine, but we rewarded her for refraining from scratching at it or pawing at it. I was told that just about every dog will react this way when you first put it on them. It’s like putting a muzzle on them for the first time and they don’t realize that the more they pull at it, the more it tightens. Melissa gave her a few pieces of meat every time she calmed down from trying to rip it off her face. We then took her for a long walk and she quickly realized that the more she pulled, the more it would tighten and turn her head. It didn’t choke her like her regular collar does which I loved about it. She quickly picked up on the fact that if she walked next to me and didn’t pull at all, she could open her mouth all the way and not be restricted and her head wouldn’t pull to the side (kind of like a horse face harness).
The way this face harness works is by having a grip around their snout that tightens as they pull on the leash. It also causes their head to turn slightly as their pulling because the leash attaches from the bottom of the face harness near the underside of the neck. Just picture walking a horse and the face harness that they wear as I mentioned above.
I’m going to keep working with her to get her more used to this face harness and I suggest anyone who has a dog that pulls a lot to use one of these. It’s way better than using those stupid collars with spikes on the inside that hurts them when they pull. A lot of dogs will just keep pulling anyway and some chokers can damage their neck and vocal chords because of the pressure it puts on them. Dogs like pitbulls and mastiffs will only realize they have hurt themselves when it’s too late and then you’ll have to spend a ton more money at the vets office trying to fix the damage with unnecessary surgery which could have been avoided with a simple to use face harness.
Here is a photo to show you what they look like. This is the brand we purchased: