Dear Daisy Dog
Bailey, our two-year-old golden retriever, never learned good leash manners. Last week while I was walking him, he lunged at a squirrel and tore my shoulder muscles.
When my shoulder heals, I want to start walking him again because the exercise is good for both of us. How can I get him to stop pulling?
My brother Sam used to pull, but Mom solved the problem with a head collar.
Designed like a horse’s halter, the head collar provides better control than a neck collar.
When Sam pulls, the head collar puts pressure on the bridge of his muzzle and just behind his head, two spots that are more sensitive than his muscular neck.
Halti and Gentle Leader (formerly known as Promise) head collars are the most popular brands.
Learn to use your new head collar by following the instructions that come with it, or better yet, join an obedience training class where the instructor can show you how to fit and use the collar properly.
My brothers and I loved obedience training, because Mom praised us every time we walked quietly on the leash and did what she asked.
The group training was valuable because we learned to come, stand still, lie down, and stay, even when we were distracted by the other dogs.
So, for your safety and Bailey’s enjoyment, buy a head collar and join an obedience class.