The Halter is an excellent training aid when used correctly & appropriately just as a correction collar is a useful tool for training. The halter is ideal for the handlers with low physical strength and/or low reflexes which means they are unable to apply conventional training techniques to stop the dog from pulling.
The halter should not be used like a correction collar at all but simply a gentle pull on the lead. It is in effect a method of “power steering” if you like of the dog.
It will take some dogs a bit of time to get used to the halter so I recommend the following procedure:
1. Fit the halter according to the instructions on the package.
2. Treat the dog immediately (provided it is not trying to pull the halter off.)
3. Remove the halter & praise.
REPEAT THIS PROCEDURE 2 OR 3 TIMES IN SUCCESSION BEFORE ACTUALLY WALKING THE DOG
Furthermore, if using the Dr Roger Mugford Halti, it is recommended that it should only be used in conjunction with another collar. This ensures that if the dog slips out from the Halti (which can easily be done by some dogs with high initiative) the other collar can act as a safety link so as not to allow the dog to take flight.
However, a company called BlackDog Wear has designed a head halter called “Halter” that is a combined collar & halter in one. It negates the need for a collar to be linked.
Further info on Black Dog Wear can be found at www.blackdog.net.au