NOSE HALTER TECHNIQUE
TABLE OF CONTENTS & INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Socializing to nose halter 1
2. Socializing to nose halter 2
3. Socializing to nose halter 3
4. Transitioning from British style slip lead to nose halter (1st walk)
5. Transitioning from British style slip lead to nose halter ("training wheels" exercise with 2 leashes)
5. Walking as a team: common questions answered;
6. Break time on the walk.
The human should cue the start of the break time ritual by having the dog "look" and pause. Note that I train the "look" cue to contain the "sit" cue automatically. It is essential to get eye contact from your dog at the beginning and end of this ritual.
Once eye contact is established, carefully hold the dog's collar in one hand and use your other hand to unhook one end of your PHD-style leash from itself so that the other end of the leash remains attached to the dog. The leash length is therefor extended. Use a "finger lock" to secure the other end of the leash in your hand.
Stand up while the dog maintains "look." Cue the dog to begin break: I like to do this with a simple "yes" that marks the end of the "look" cue. When break is done, "recall" your dog, cue "look," and pause.
Carefully reattach the PHD-style leash to itself while holding on to the dog's collar with one hand.
7. Example of what a loose leash walk with the nose halter should look like.
Note how the handler gently coaches the dog. The dog is guided to bring focus back to the handler when focus strays too far into the environment, causing the dog to pull or begin to wander away from at-heel position.