13 Feb 07
That is a halti. We got one for our husky puppy. It is supposed to stop them from pulling. Our little girl is clever though and she always manages to get it off. So, now we just use a walkie belt. This way she can't get away from me as I am her anchor. This works better for us.
• United States
13 Feb 07
The device you are speaking about is known as a gentle leader. This does not mean that a dog is aggressive at all. The gentle leader does not keep the dog's mouth closed. He can still open his mouth. The best way to think of this harness is to think of a horse's bridle. If you can control the head, you can control the rest of the body. It is a much more effective and safe way of controlling your dog. A collar chokes a dog and the dog will still pull on it even if it's choking him. The gentle leader focuses pressure behind the head when the dog pulls, making the dog stop pulling. Harnesses that go around a dog's chest usually encourage pulling. Those are similar to the ones they put on sled dogs, and those dogs pull a lot! I use a gentle leader on my dog, and he's only 8 lbs. It keeps him in line, and he can not wiggle his way out of it or choke himself on it. It actually gives him more freedom, because now we can go for walks all the time without him hurting himself or escaping, or behaving poorly when someone walks by (He thinks everyone in the world want to pet him and play with him!) Unfortunatly, many people think that he is aggressive because of the type of head halter I use on him. I try to explain to as many people that I can the benefits of this type of device. For larger dogs, it can change your life, as well! Gentle Leaders do a great job of preventing pulling, jumping, and walking out of line. They also have an calming effect on the dogs. The placement of the nose loop is right where other dogs would put their muzzle to communicate. To learn more, please go to http://www.gentleleader.com