The Halti is a recently modern addition to the standard pieces of canine kit such as the collar, lead and harness, and while it can be very useful for certain dogs and provides several advantages over other restraint methods, it is also still very widely misunderstood. The chances are that if you are not sure what a Halti is, you have nevertheless spotted a dog out on a walk wearing one, but you may have mistaken it for a muzzle, or simply not realised what it is or how it works.
In this article, we will look in more detail at the function and use of the Halti, and the pros and cons of using one on your own dog. Read on to learn more.
If you are familiar with the use of a halter on horses, the Halti for dogs is an approximate equivalent.
The Halti is worn over the head of the dog with one loop passing around the neck and another going over the muzzle, ensuring a close but comfortable fit. Haltis are made from fabric webbing, and should be soft and comfortable enough to wear on even the longest of walks. If your dog is not on the lead or is just relaxing at home, the Halti should be removed.
Because the Halti passes over the muzzle of the dog, they are often thought of as being a type of muzzle, to keep the mouth closed at all times and restrict the movement of the mouth. However, the Halti should not be thought of as a muzzle, and this is not its main purpose when working with your dog.
The whole point of the Halti is to provide a greater degree of control over the dog than can be achieved with a collar and lead or harness and lead. The Halti controls the head both at the neck and at the mouth, which can have advantages for training and managing dogs that are apt to pull on the lead or lunge around. They can be particularly useful for controlling and managing very large or strong dogs, or those that are apt to be unresponsive.
If your dog walks happily on the lead, is not prone to undue pulling and is not hugely strong, a Halti is more than likely unnecessary for them. However, if your dog is a bit of a handful, and is large or strong enough to prove a real challenge to you when they decide that they want their own way, the Halti can prove to be a useful training aid.
If you are considering using one on your own dog, it is vital to go to a knowledgeable retailer that can advise you on the correct fit and style for your own dog, and how to attach and use it correctly.