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Kali H.
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Rating: 2

Not entirely what I had hoped for

posted 6 years ago

About three years ago I was talked into fostering a much larger dog than I had ever worked with before. She was very long legged with a large build to boot. She'd come from a shelter as an OTI who been a lawn ornament all her life. Not house broken, no training what so ever, no clue how to navigate steps and TERRIFIED of a collar and leash.

Someone in the group had suggested a gentle leader - so - off to the supply store I went. I ended up speaking to a sales associate, described the pooch in question and lo and behold - their answer was the majical, mystical Halti. He said THIS would teach her how to walk on leash without whipping my rump around the neighborhood behind her in midair. (I'm only 4'11'' folks - no match for this big baby) Never mind the gentle leader.

I believed him. Stupid me.

After a few tries, I managed to get the Halti on her. She was not pleased. At all. This device simply cannot be comfortable. Still, I felt that I had to give it a fair shake before dumping it altogether. Off for a walk we went. This was probably one of the most miserable 'walks' of any dog's life. Never have I felt as horrible for an animal as I did her. We didn't make it very far when she'd decided that enough was enough. Can't say I blamed her. She wriggled out of it and there I was, one hand looped through her collar while she dragged my sorry butt home.

Eventually, after much patience and treats, I did get her accustomed to the whole collar/leash thing - but that accomplishment had absolutely ZIP to do with the Halti device.

I have not, nor would I ever, recommend the Halti. If you're dealing with a truly unruly dog who outweighs you, the best bet (IMHO) is positive reinforcement training, NILIF and a harness that wraps around the under belly and attaches to the leash across the dog's back. Not a Halti. Just say NO to Halti.

Pros: Appears easy to control dog...

Cons: Not the safest or gentlest way to assist in training

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Ktoby
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Rating: 4

Halti vs. Gentle Leader

posted 5 years ago

I have the Halti for my four year old 80lb husky mix, and have been very satisfied with it. While watching a friend's 90lb Doberman/Lab mix for a couple of weeks, I had the opportunity to try out the Gentle Leader as well. To being with, without these products there would be no way I could walk or go running with a combined total of 170 pounds of dogs. Together, they far out weigh me, but even when they spotted a squirrel or were approaching the dog park, I had complete control of the pair. A benefit of the Halti is the extra strap that connects it to the dog's collar, so that in case the dog managed to slip it off, the leash is still attached to the dog. The Gentle Leader does not have this feature, but does have a more adjustable fit. The only other downside to the Halti is that is resembles a muzzle to some people because of the extra straps that the Gentle Leader does not have. I do not mind this appearance when my dog and I are out running, for example, but it is a little frustrating to constantly have to explain that "no, my dog is not wearing a muzzle, he's very friendly, its just that he pulls when we walk." Perhaps even if the Halti came in some bright colors instead of just black it would have a friendlier appearance. Regardless, this product is an invaluable tool for anyone with a dog that pulls.

Pros: Easy to put on, works amazingly well, gentle

Cons: Looks like a muzzle & scares people off (not always a con!), less adjustable than the Gentle Leader

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katie f.
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Rating: 1

Bothersome, can't use it on my Beagle

posted 5 years ago

I bought one of these head collars a while ago to help my beagle stop pulling. It seemed like a really good concept as it doesn't give him leverage (like a harness) and controls the distracted body part in his case - gotta sniff everything, cranes his neck and chokes himself to try to sniff things.

This head collar did not fit right. I ordered the size suggested for beagles (was originally sent the great dane size - definitely not the one I ordered, but was then sent the appropriate size) and started using it right away. Whenever Snickers would pull against the head collar, it would slide back and press right against the underside of his eyes. He quickly becomes irritated with this - I don't blame him - and will try to rub his face against the floor/ground/his paw. Eventually if I continue to use the collar he will lay on the ground and REFUSE to move no matter how much coaxing unless I take it off.
It's safe to say I quit using this once I saw how much it irritated him. Yes, he was obedient and did not pull with this on, but that's because he was miserable! I have had more success with our new sporn harness.

Pros: good concept

Cons: does not fit properly, rubs against dog's eyes

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Sharri G.
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Rating: 2

Good Idea

posted 5 years ago

Unfortunately, this didn't work out so well for our chocolate Labrador, Godiva. She was a very head strong pup and pulled relentlessly on a leash. We were advissed to get a Gentle Leader but opted for the Halti instead on the advice of the pet store employee.

Our dog would turn in constant circles when wearing this. It was completely impossible to get her to walk with this on. She would root in the grass, between our legs and cry/whine non-stop while wearing it. We tried all the tricks suggested.

The only thing it did turn out to be useful for was getting her to sit still beside us at soccer games. She was so miserable with it on, she stayed by us, whining. If someone approached her for a pat, it was good to hold on to to control her over-enthusiasm.

We eventually got our dog leash trained and under control. She's a wonderful, well-behaved pet (mostly) now. But sadly, the Halti was not the solution for us.

Pros: Good idea, in theory

Cons: Our dog turned in constant circles

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Jennifer
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Rating: 4

Saved my back!

posted 5 years ago

I bought the Halti for my Golden because I was in a car accident and had alot of shoulder, neck and back pain and if my dog pulled on the leash during walks I would come back in pain and didn't have the strength at the time to pull against him. While we were walking I went to the local store and purchased one. I immediately put it on him- it was almost as if I had a new dog to walk once he got used to it. It was nice because he corrected himself and I didn't have to fight with him. If he would start to get a bit ahead and pull it would turn his head sideways. It really did make him get it. I also liked it because it has a clip that also attaches to the collar so if he would get out of it he was still attached to the leash. The one thing that we ran into was if he really got excited about something he did figure out how to get it off.
Over all it was a good product and did help me and my dog enjoy walks.

Pros: easy to use and I liked that it had a safety clip to attach to the collar.

Cons: My Dog figured how to get it off if he really wanted to.

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