20 Mar Halti vs Gentle Leader
My decision to switch Tyson from Gentle Leader to Halti happened a couple of days ago after an INCIDENT. I was walking my group near Fort York. Tyson was on leash. Out of nowhere this boisterous Visla puppy came bounding at us at full speed. Tyson did not hesitate to tell him off. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a clean incident. He made the puppies ear bleed and there was lots of blood. It’s so horrible when these things happen, it’s beyond words. And a rush of thoughts went through my head:
This wasn’t my fault, my dog was on leash….BUT
This was my fault, my dog hates puppies…BUT
This puppy came at me so fast, there wasn’t anything I could do….BUT
Tyson used bite inhibition…. BUT
There was still damage… BUT
Shallow wounds to the ears don’t count.. right?
ugh. This just makes my head spin. With my own dog I get all emotional.
Sometimes we get really lucky. We have an incident with an owner who is incredibly understanding and doesn’t lay blame. An owner, who doesn’t want your phone number to pay for vet bills, who doesn’t freak out. Today I met this owner and I thank him for being so kind and so cool. I don’t know if he took his puppy to the vet. If he did, this was the first time Tyson has ever sent a dog to the vet.
So what now? If I had a bunch of puppies that I could do setups with, it would be one thing. Excuse me can I borrow your puppy and do a setup with my dog that hates puppies? Ha!
So it seems like this is a management thing. Can I manage this better?
Getting back to the halti, the reason I decided to get one instead of our regular gentle leader is because: “A particular feature of the HALTI which is not shared by other designs of headcollar, is that it has an on-off muzzling action to close the dog’s jaws.”
So the next time a puppy charges at us out of nowhere, at least Tysons’ jaws will be closed.