Guide Dogs Head Halter
Guide Dog Head Halter
Here's the Guide Dog halter you've been asking for. Developed in conjunction with the Guide Dog training groups in California and Oregon, this light weight and comfortable halter has a figure-8 design that can be adjusted for a comfortable and secure fit.This halter model includes a "Safety Keeper" strap that attaches to the dogs collar, to prevent accidental escapes. The photo does not show the keeper strap, but it can be seen in the list of "Related Products."
This figure-8 halter is super comfortable, softer and has narrower webbing than most common dog halters, so these halters are much easier for the dog to accept. It's made with a very soft webbing to reduce chafing caused by rougher head halters. They are also safer for your dog because the leash attachment is behind the ear, not under the chin, reducing the potential for neck injuries.
This dog halter is machine washable and very durable. All of our dog products are 100% made in the USA and guaranteed against any defects in workmanship and materials.
Available in two colors and five sizes; please select both in the lists above. Available colors are Red and Black. Five sizes ranging from Extra Small to Extra Large are available. The size selection options indicate an approximate weight range for each, but please realize that there are many variations in the size of dogs' heads. You have little dogs with big heads, big dogs with little heads, dogs with very short snouts, dogs with very long snouts and so forth. If in doubt, choose the larger size.
THIS MODEL HALTER DOES NOT INCLUDE THE ONE PIECE LEASH. IT HAS A SAFETY KEEPER TO ATTACH THE HALTER TO THE COLLAR WHEN NOT USING A LEASH.
If you want a Head Halter with built-in leash, please refer to our "EZ One Size Fits All" Halter.
The EZ One Size Fits All Halter Versus the "Guide Dog" Head Halter in Five Sizes
The EZ One Size Head Halter and the Guide Dog Head Halters share the same basic design, but with one key difference. The EZ One Size Halter is one continuous length of webbing comprising the halter and a built-in matching leash. When installing the halter, you'll adjust two slides to set the size. (One slide sets the size, then the second serves to lock the first slide in place.) The point where those slides rest could be considered the boundary between "halter" and "leash." (Not that it matters with the One Size EZ Halter, but it's helpful for this explanation.) The length of the leash will vary between approximately 50" to 60", depending on the size of the dog. The larger the dog's head the more webbing will be used for the halter, which makes the leash a bit shorter. So, the largest dog will have about 50" of leash and the smallest dog about 60".
The Guide Dog Head Halter has the same design halter, but does not include a built in leash. This is more convenient if you intend to keep the halter on the dog when off-leash. But it's less convenient if you expect to use the leash all the time, so it comes down to a matter of preference. The Guide Dog Halter terminates in a D-Ring, for attachment to any leash with a standard snap. The halter includes the same two slides as the EZ Halter for adjusting the size. When the halter is on the dog and adjusted to fit, this creates a short "tail" between the adjustment slides and the D-Ring.
This Halter comes in five sizes, from Extra Small to Extra Large. We're sometimes asked why we have five sizes of Head Halter, when the EZ Halter is "One Size Fits All." The answer lies in the "tail" described above for the models without the leash. Because of the adjustable figure-8 design, the Extra Large size can be adjusted to fit even the smallest dog. However, a large halter on a small dog will result in that "tail" being too long, to the point it might drag on the ground. Ideally, you'll adjust the fit and have a "tail" that does not reach the ground. If you can't decide between two sizes, choose the larger. If the halter is larger than necessary, you'll have an extra inch or two of "tail" but it will be perfectly usable. If it's too small, you won't be able to fit it over the dog's head.
One more point: because the Head Halter model can be used off-leash, it includes a short "Safety Keeper." This can be used to connect the Head Halter to a regular collar, to prevent the dog from removing the halter when you're not looking. This Safety Keeper is not included with the One Size EZ Halter, because the dog is always "on-leash." The Safety Keeper can be purchased separately if you want to attach an EZ Halter to a regular collar.
PLEASE NOTE ALSO:
The photos with Kodak, our photo dog, show the Head Halter attached to a collar using the Safety Keeper. These photos are to show the color options for the Head Halter and to show the use of the Safety Keeper. The collar in these photos is for demonstration purposes only; the Head Halter does not include a separate collar.
We have two 1 year old labs who when walked together would constantly pull, alone we could get them to heal but always start to pull away when distracted. We purchased 2 of the head collars and it was like night and day, they both instantly stopped pulling and walk calmly by our side, not only that but also are more attentive to us during the walk looking up to get eye contact. I have always given the heal command and a good heal when they do it right, now I am always saying good heal and am starting to see them walk better on their regular collars when told to heal.
These head collars are amazing. AMAZING. The first few times you put them on, it can be confusing, but after a few days, it's easy. My dog never pulls on it, and whenever he does, it's very easy to get him back into control.