Walking with the Canny® Collar

Put the Canny® Collar on and go for a walk immediately. Keep your lead short but loose when walking and aim to have your dog in the ‘heel’ position. Using a short dog training lead will make this easier. Give him plenty of vocal praise when he begins walking well.

walking 1The first time you put the slip line over your dog’s nose, he may resist it and try to paw it off his face. Any dog training collar will cause this reaction for some dogs. It is similar to the feeling we have when wearing a wristwatch for the first time – some dogs are simply not used to it. You should continue walking so that your dog focuses on the walk rather than on the Canny® Collar, lifting your lead when he paws at it and verbally encouraging him to follow you.

Once your dog is walking, instantly lower the lead to release the pressure on the Canny® Collar (you should also let him have some more lead here) and give him plenty of vocal praise whilst keeping walking. He needs to know that at some point in the walk, the pressure will be released; otherwise he may just continue to pull against it.

Repeat this action if again he tries to remove the Canny® Collar. Because the lead is connected behind his head, he will not be able to get a paw over the lead and bring the walk to a stop. Nor will he get the Canny® Collar off his head if the lead is kept in the correct position. Sometimes you may need to let the lead out if he drops behind you, bringing it back in again once he catches up.

Once any initial resistance to the Canny® Collar has stopped, continue walking your dog for a short distance and then stop and give him plenty of praise.

Use treats or clicker training if your dog responds well to these to accustom him to the Canny® Collar.

 

 Why is it different?

kjhgkjFirstly, the Canny® Collar fastens behind the head rather than under the chin. The immediate benefit of this is that there is no yanking your dog’s head to one side or riding up into his eyes. When you are positioned below an animal (such as a horse) it would make sense to lead it from under the chin. However, the horse rider will control the horse from behind the head which makes more sense if you are above the animal. This is why the Canny® Collar is unique amongst dog training collars. Secondly, the Canny® Collar is a dog training collar rather than a dog restraining collar. It can be quickly and easily switched into a regular dog collar and lead by alternately flicking the slip line on and off your dog’s nose. By doing this you can use the Canny® Collar like a ‘dog training lead’ eventually training your dog to walk on a conventional flat collar.

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