The K9 Bridle is a dog headcollar that works in a similar way to a bit-less bridle for a horse.
It gives the dog signals that he can easily understand without twisting the dog’s neck or riding into his eyes.
Designed primarily to stop dogs pulling on the lead, the headcollar has proved to give amazing results with dogs that have behavioural and aggression issues, so saving many dogs from being sent for re-homing.
No strength is required by the handler making it ideal for people with disabilities.
The K9 Bridle is being used by many of the best trainers and re-homing centres throughout the UK, USA and Australia.
Why is it better than other dog headcollars?
Do not confuse the K9 Bridle with other training halters available. I am sure you have seen dogs wearing the anti-pull headcollars that move around the dog’s head and go into their eyes, interfere with their mouths and look like muzzles.
The problem is that the point of control for these headcollars is from under the chin and so twists the dogs head to the side. This can cause vertebral damage and the dog soon learns that he can still pull if he tilts his head to the side. Under the chin is fine if your dog is 5 feet tall!
Unlike most other training halters the K9 Bridle works from the back of the neck, exactly where you need to have control.
How does it work?
There is a strap under the chin. It is there as a safety device. Should the unthinkable happen and your dog managed to get the bridle off, you are still attached to your dog.
The K9 Bridle works on a principal similar to a bit-less bridle for horses, so if that will stop a horse it can also stop a dog. When the lead is tightened, pressure is applied to the front of the face and tells the dog “NO”. The dog easily understands this clear and precise command.
He soon learns that when he moves forward from the ‘heel’ or ‘close’ position the bridle will apply slight pressure and remind him where he should be. The command given through the lead should be small tweaks on the lead NOT a pull. Pulling will initiate the “flight or fight” response in your dog. You must not get into a fight with him or make him afraid of the headcollar. It is very much a command and instant reward scenario. You give the small command, he responds and you instantly reward that response with a slack lead. While the dog is at “heel” the lead should always be slack, and applying no contact whatever.
Helps to check aggression
You may also find that the K9 Bridle can help with aggressive behaviour.
Because eye contact is lowered briefly when a command is given and the headcollar pulls the head slightly downwards. This can defuse a confrontation with other dogs.
Getting your dog used to the bridle
It is most important to remember that having something on his face can be a new and potentially frightening experience for your dog. Remember the ‘fight or flight’? Distract his focus from the bridle with a favourite toy or treat. Only reward his acceptance of it.
Very Small is for very small skulled dogs; whippets, JR terriers, small spaniels, etc.
Small is for larger skulled terriers, small border collies, spaniels and the like.
Medium Averaged sized Labradors, boxers, Weimaraners, etc.
Large is for Rotties, Great Danes and heavy skulled dogs with broad muzzles.
Giant is for Mastiffs, St Bernards, Newfoundlands etc.