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    It's normal for dogs not to like the halti at first.
    My girl also kicked up a fuss the first time I put it on. She had a big green and brown grass stain on her forehead from trying to rub it off the first few times .
    You need to get them used to it without a lead first, like just wearing it around the yard or playing fetch with it on, even feeding. Once they get used to the feel of it, it makes walks a lot more pleasant for both of you. Your dog won't choke themselves and you won't have your arm ripped out of it's socket .
    It's not meant to be perminant, just helps you gain a bit more control in the initial stages of lead training.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    The method I have outlined if done correctly, with patience would only take 6 months.
    No offense K&P, but six months IMO is a LONG time for someone with a chronic pulling problem!

    IMO the average owner would not be keen to wait six months to see results.

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    The halti - you should condition good feelings about it first, ie play some games that involve clicking bits of the halti and showing to your dog and feeding her lots of roast chicken for showing an interest, and gradually progress her to getting treads for putting her nose though the loop and holding it on her nose (without clipping it on) then with clipping it on. Might take a couple of sessions a day for a week before you actually try using it for walking her. And then the first couple of walks in it - should be in a very low distraction environment where she'd normally pay full attention to you. So she experiences walking nicely in it instead of nose slamming herself the first time out. SG describes the conditioning process in detail in her book "Shaping Success".

    PS great news about the no-pull walking. I forgot to take the harness out with Frosty this arvo and she tried pulling and I tried stopping and waiting... works for us. You really have to be persistant and consistant tho. One - oh this isn't so bad or we're a bit stressed because of the road and she's pulling like a cart horse again.

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    About turns worked for me with Tia and Sheeba, check chain + about turns worked for Edge. Every dog is different. Good luck!

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    very interesting, working with Marley along the same lines
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    Haltis should not be used with retractable leads.

    If a dog can get up to full speed and then be brought up short wearing a halti - it can do a lot of damage to the nose.

    While a light weight lead is good, it's also good to have a normal collar and a normal weight lead on as well - just in case the dog lunges - and keep both leads short and the dog close to you.

    using it with a retractable lead *and* letting the dog get far away from the handler is just asking for trouble.

    I think the main way to get the halti to work - is to use it to turn the dog's head away from distractions. And the handler cannot do that if the dog is 5m away on a retractable lead.

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    The Halti I got - called a "gentle leader" came with a dvd describing exactly how it should be used.

    The vet nurse who "fitted" it on Frosty should have watched it first. Number one mistake I see with these things is the fitting of the collar bit that goes above the dog's equivalent of adams apple or trachea and behind the skull bump at the back. Should be so tight that you can only get one finger in with difficulty. And this stops the bit on the face pulling across the dog's eyes.

    I think your neighour would be much better off with a front attach harness or a flat collar. But front attach harnesses are supposed to be used with a short lead too.

    Or get her to watch the kikopup video on loose lead training.

    How to train your dog not to pull- Loose Leash Walking - YouTube

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    Nala is a puller very very very persistant puller.. OH will let her pull but that girl knows if she pulls with me its end of walk for her.... what I do is shorten the lead so much that there is about 20cm on the lead.... she soon gets tired of pulling (beacause it will cause discomfort she is very strong so having the lead this short will push on her throat) and getting no where so she will stop pulling... as the walk goes on I will extend her lead slighly but as soon as she pulls again ill shorten the lead again and by the time we get home she isnt a pulling mess..... now when I take Nala for a walk she knows not to pull.

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