05-29-2014, 05:32 PM
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Vancouver, BC
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FWIW I think that much of this 'depression' seen in dogs wearin haltis comes from improper conditioning. It is very similar to what you see when a dog has the 'come of shame' sprung on them. Even months after being weaned to collar/harness, Lexy dives right into the halti comes out because it necessitates that she will be spin an activity that is extremely exciting for her: meeting with children, walking with another dog or being taken out by her owners. So it seems that any depression she may have experienced with the gear was quickly overtaken by positive association.
My biggest disclaimer about the device is that it is a behavioural suppressant and should be used with this in mind. It will not train the dog to walk nicely or refrain from jumping when he is clipped into the collar afterwards. But for purposes like socializing the dog or getting them from point A to point B it's a lifesaver.
I found great use for the device for getting a Lex down to the park (for the REAL exercise) when she was a heavy puller. As I only had an hour to tire out and any training I did with the collar was being effectively undone by her owners, the Halti was great. As soon as she stepped up to 2 daily walks and exercise time was no longer an issue I started training her on the collar. But she is only 11 months and quite strong, so the halti is still handy from time to time. I also like that it fits very well in a pocket so that you can have it on you as backup even when walking the dog on other gear.