Petmate 5/8-Inch by 14-20-Inch Small AKC Padded Dog Halter, Burgundy
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- Helps eliminate your dog's tendency to pull humanely and safely
- Features a fleece wrapped muzzle for your dog's comfort
- Endorsed by the American kennel club
- High quality nylon and fleece material
- Adjustable sizing
American kennel club padded dog halter was developed by pet care experts to easily convey a simple heel command in an humane, safe effective manner. Your dog's tendency to pull is eliminated by the gentle pressing action of the fleece-covered muzzle loop on the bridge of the dog's nose. Burgundy, fits small dogs 5/8-inch by 14-20.
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The hard part is deciding which headcollar type to use. In the past decade, I've used several different headcollars, including the Halti, the Gentle Leader, the Petmate AKC Headcollar, and the Holt. In my opinion, the Holt is the sturdiest, most comfortable, and most flexible headcollar of the whole bunch, and is a worthy successor to my previous favorite, the Halti.
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The Halti was, previously, the best halter for a very simple reason: it had side-straps on either side of the dog's face that prevented the noseband from riding up a dog's face and digging into the dog's eyes. It also worked without cinching the dog's mouth shut, like the Gentle Leader. However, the noseband was not padded, and while I made my own homemade padding for the noseband, it was at least very wide to prevent the material from biting into the dog's skin (unlike the Gentle Leader). The Halti generally came only in black, though colors could be found online. The Halti, despite being designed to function loose (and allowing a dog the full use of its mouth), often made your dog look "vicious" by wearing a "muzzle", particularly in the black color. Prior to the holt, this was the most comfortable.
HALTI PROS: comfort, looseness, prevents noseband from riding up, safety buckle connects to collar
HALTI CONS: limited colors, no padded noseband, can not be cinched tight for short-nose breeds
Gentle Leader Head Collar, Size: Small, Color: Royal Blue
The Gentle Leader, however, was the choice for short-nosed breeds. The Halti suffered when a shorter-snouted dog pawed at the noseband to remove it. The Gentle Leader's design cinched the dog's mouth closed with a locking mechanism, allowing it to be used snugly on short-nosed breeds. For standard-shaped noses, the cinching could be kept more loose to allow for more comfort. It did not have the side straps like the Halti, so it could ride up into the dog's eyes. The noseband was narrow and not padded (unless you shell out extra $ for the premium version not found in stores), so it bit into the dog's skin at the top of the nose. However, it came in multiple colors which helped it look less like a muzzle.
GENTLE LEADER PROS: color choices, cinches tight for short-nose breeds, safety buckle connects to collar
GENTLE LEADER CONS: uncomfortable narrow non-padded noseband (note: premium GL has nose padding, but still narrow), can ride up into eyes
Petmate 3/4-Inch by 16-24-Inch Medium AKC Padded Dog Halter, Brown
New to the game was the Petmate AKC-branded headcollar. This came in many colors and was pre-fitted with a fleece padded noseband. The noseband color is always brown, and there are additional options for colors of the straps. This headcollar looked the least like a muzzle. However, the locking mechanism was not sturdy and would often slide, allowing dogs (even long-nosed breeds) to paw the noseband off their face. It also did not come with a safety strap to connect the headcollar to a dog's normal buckle collar (though one could be homemade very easily). It also buckles underneath the neck, rather than on the side of the face. The Petmate headcollar can also ride up into the eyes of your dog.
PETMATE AKC PROS: color choices, fleece padded noseband
PETMATE AKC CONS: loose & slide-able lock, no safety strap to connect to collar, rides up into eyes.
Coastal Holt Dog Walking Collar, Blue, Size 0
Now, onto the Holt. The Holt is identical to the Halti except for two key features: a "camlock" and a foam-padded noseband. The camlock is a very tight locking mechanism that does NOT budge when the dog paws at the noseband. It is a great tool to keep the headcollar ON your dog. For short-nosed breeds, the camlock can be set tight and will stay in place. It has the same great features of the halti to prevent the noseband from riding up into the eyes, and the safety strap to connect the headcollar to a buckle collar. In addition, the noseband is padded with black foam material, not fleece, and is extremely soft and comfortable. It is sewn on the underside of the headcollar, and does not interrupt the color (can not be seen while the dog is wearing the headcollar). The Holt comes in a variety of colors, including red, pink, and blue.
HOLT PROS: extremely comfortable, foam padded noseband, noseband doesn't ride up into eyes, camlock keeps noseband in place even with short-nosed breeds, multiple colors
HOLT CONS: ???
If you are considering a headcollar to train your dog, I highly recommend the Holt for all breeds. It is a worthy successor to the Halti and, thus far, I have found no drawbacks.
Please note that I have included customer photos showing the Halti and the Holt side-by-side in the "customer photo" section here:
Coastal Holt Dog Walking Collar, Blue, Size 0
Edit. Since receiving this item I found that the soft material which goes around the snout is not stitched very well and started coming off. No big deal, I just reinforced the sewing and it has been fine since. I would recommend anyone purchasing this product to reinforce the stitching before use.
Secondary edit. Since I have stitched the soft material I have found it to be very flimsy and it pulls off after about 10 walks. While the idea of the soft material is good, if it doesn't last I can't really recommend this item.
Cons: It is kind of tricky to put on your dog at first but then you get used to it.
The only thing I disliked is the part on the collar where you adjust to your dogs muzzle because it tends to come lose very easily. Whenever it gets lose enough and I don't notice it, my dog is able to slide it off very easily.