When dog training with a head collar, keep in mind that while there are some great advantages in using this type of collar, there are also a couple of disadvantages you need to be aware of.

Is A Head Collar A Muzzle?

This is a misconception which needs to be addressed. No, it's not a muzzle for the simple reason that a dog still has movement of it's mouth.

Educating yourself on the proper use of a head collar for dog training purposes will reward you in the long run. Attempting to use it as a muzzle is can backfire on you big time and mis-information on how to use it is a problem you don't want to fall into.

Advantages Of A Head Collar

There are several advantages in dog training with a head collar. Here are just a few:

- Very easy to use once you understand their correct application and why you are using it.

- Dog training with a head collar will yield you more of the results you are after. They are much kinder to the animal than a choker collar which has copped criticism in the past.

- It has the ability to deter the animal from the bane of many trainers; an enthusiastic canine who has a penchant for tugging hard at a lead. It will preserve unnecessary strain on your arms.

- In dog training where you need to stir the animal so you can apply some disciplinary action, this equipment is ideal.

- You as the trainer, will have more control over the animal. If your dog is a large and powerful canine then this type of head gear is effective in helping you maintain a strong control over your animal.

- In situations where the dog is faced with several distractions and prone to reacting to them then the head collar will be your biggest ally. For example, heavily populated areas with lots of people can excite most canines but this gear will help you maintain control.

Disadvantages Of A Head Collar

There are a couple of main disadvantages dog training with a head collar although when you are aware of these, they can easily be avoided.

One of these is the dog can be lured into a false sense of relying on it to tell it when to behave. This can be a problem because when it reverts back to a traditional collar it will switch back to unacceptable behavior.

The other problem of course is getting the dog to accept it. Just like putting a jacket on a canine for the first time many will react by trying to get the thing off. The same situation can face a trainer when putting a head collar on for the first time.

The easiest way to get around this is to simply distract the dog from the collar and you do this by keeping the dog on the move.

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