Headcollars are a great training tool for multiple applications. Used just like a halter on a horse, headcollars give you the most control with the least effort. They are attached to your dog's head. They require a dog to become acclimated to them in most cases. If you have questions not answered here, feel free to Contact Me, or comment below.
Day One: Checking/Sniffing the Headcollar
Allow the dog to sniff the headcollar while you are holding it. Mark and reward any time he sniffs it while you are holding it. Repeat this at least a dozen times throughout the day.
Day Two: Touching the Headcollar
Touch the headcollar to the dog's nose while holding it. Mark and reward any time the dog allows the headcollar to touch his nose. Repeat this at least a dozen times throughout the day.
Day Three: Placing the Noseband
Put the noseband over the dog's nose, mark and reward when the noseband is placed and the dog allows it, then remove it. Do not mark when the dog fights it, and do not mark when the noseband is removed. Repeat this at least a dozen times throughout the day.
Day Four: Buckling the Headcollar
Put the noseband over the dog's nose, buckle (or slip) the headcollar onto the dog's head, mark and reward when the dog allows it, then remove it. Do not mark when the dog fights it, and do not mark when it is removed. Repeat this at least a dozen times throughout the day.
Day Five: Walking with Headcollar
Put the noseband over the dog's nose, buckle (or slip) the headcollar onto the dog's head, mark and reward when the dog allows it, and take the dog for a walk. Mark and reward any time the dog walks nicely on the lead. Do not mark if the dog fights it, do not mark if the dog is pulling or lagging behind on the lead, and do not mark when you remove the headcollar. Repeat at least half a dozen times, the walks do not have to be long. From your driveway to the neighbor's and back is fine.
Day Six: Full Acclimation
The dog should be fully acclimated to the headcollar at this point, and you should be able to walk, perform obedience, and do just about anything else you would do. Do not leave the headcollar on the dog while you are not actively working with the dog.
Headcollars that clip underneath the chin offer an ideal way to teach obedience skills to your dog because you can gently guide them into positions so they can learn what you want.
Teaching obedience is as simple as guiding a dog's head up and back to gain a sitting position, guiding the head down to gain a down position, or gently applying pressure backwards to get the dog to step backwards. After a couple times of being shown what to do this way, they will start to take the positions on their own, and you can mark and reward this behavior. Do not jerk or pull hard on the headcollar to avoid damaging your dog's nasal passages and/or neck.
Behavior Adjustment: Pulling on the Lead
Headcollars that both clip behind the head and underneath the chin offer ways to correct this annoying and dangerous behavior, however underneath the chin clips offer more control.
You can use dead-stops (stopping forward motion immediately following your dog's pulling behavior) or turn-arounds (turning on your heel and going the opposite direction) to stop the pulling behavior while guiding your dog by his head so he can't fight as hard against you. Do not jerk or pull hard on the headcollar and do not allow the dog to run to and hit the end of a leash to avoid damaging your dog's nasal passages and/or neck.
Professional Dog Walking
Headcollars that clip behind the head offer the ideal way to walk dogs professionally since your primary job is to keep hold of the dog while giving them exercise. The dogs can easily sniff around and switch sides without the hassle of getting leads tangled. These can also be attached to lead couplers with minimal drawback, especially couplers that have adjustable lengths. Do not let dogs run to and hit the end of a leash and do not jerk or pull hard on the lead to avoid damaging their nasal passages and/or neck.