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Features July 2016 Issue

Is a Head Halter Right for Your Dog?

Some dogs take to a head halter very well.

Is a Head Halter Right for Your Dog?

It's a great training tool, but it's not for every dog — or every owner.

In a book by a popular and generally well regarded dog trainer, under the heading “Equipment to be avoided, and why,” it says that a head halter is the wrong choice for walking your pet because

“It is very uncomfortable to be pulled around by the head.”

“It…prevents the dog from looking around, choosing where to look and sniff, and giving signals to other dogs.”

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