Through another person's blog, however, I received some intel about a leash/head halter design that was light-weight and could fit basically any sized dog...and it WORKS. Since I live with a Labrador who appears to believe she was meant to be an oxen who pulls her walker like a plow through an unfurrowed field, I was very interested.
I ordered - paid for - one of these devices and IT WORKS. In fact, it worked for both the Lab and the Bull Terrier (the Collie is very polite and would never dream of trying to drag a human on a leash.) I thought there are other people out there trying to walk dogs who pull like sled dogs without a sled, so I have to share the information about this product.
|Easier than usually walking Lil|
Note: no one asked me to review this, I have not received anything in return for writing this review, and I liked this product enough to buy and gift one to my sister whose adopted Boxer mix pulls on the leash when excited.
I will also note that in the past I have used other products. I do like the Holt head halter however, it takes me a minute to get it on and Lil the Lab is not good at sitting patiently. Gracie cannot be walked on a Holt head halter (she rears up and can swipe it off her head, while walking.) I liked the idea of one device that I could switch between the two girls for sudden use. I liked the idea of something that was fairly quick to get off and on, and that was lightweight and small enough to fit into the front pocket of my jeans.
The Infinity Lead is made in Colorado, sold on the web through Bold Lead Designs, one of handful of specialized products they make:http://boldleaddesigns.com/product-category/infinity-training-aids/ .
It is a deceptively simple looking device. I use the four foot model, it also comes in six foot, and in leather.
The directions on putting this on the dog have the handler start by making the large loop - big enough to go over the dog's neck.
The loop is then flipped to form a figure eight, with the front of the figure eight fitting over the dog's nose.
Note: It may look in the picture to the right like the lead is coming down, below the head. No.
That is a second lead holding the "model" while I take pictures, as she has been known to bolt without warning. One of the differences with this design is that the lead comes up, and is at the back of the dog's head - if you look closely you can just see a piece of it behind Lil's head.
The leather tab fits tightly but is to be slid up/down to hold the correct size for the dog's head. It works well. When placed on the dog correctly the tab is in back of the head, between the ears.
Getting a clear picture once this was on proved a bit challenging. Not only was the day ending but Lil still found lots of interesting things to look at so we got a lot of blurred photos.
Note that there is a metal clip to attach to the standard collar, should one's dog manage to slip their head out. Gracie tried to get this off when I tried it on her, and she did manage to put a small snag in the material, which can be seen in some of Lil's pictures. I think we'll eventually get the leather version.
Notice the loose leash, and in the above picture the dog's ability to still open her mouth, lick her lips; it would be easy for the dog to drink with this on. After a few attempted pulls Lil stopped trying to pull. She walked nicely on the leash just as we've practiced doing but which normally doesn't happen.
On those occasions where Lil did get distracted and stopped suddenly, the back piece may have slid a little lower than it is supposed to sit - however, it did not affect her, cause discomfort, or cause her to stop listening. Lil's always had less focus than a squirrel on caffeine. At least now we can walk together while she takes in everything around us, without my arm being dislocated.