If you're thinking that this is a review of a traditional no-pull dog harness, you'd be wrong. The K9 Bridle is not like any other no-pull training device available, which is why it caught my attention. We've used no-pull harnesses with our hyper Labrador in the past, but I have yet to find one that she likes and is effective.
Most no-pull harnesses attach to the front of the dog. It's a weird point of control for most pet owners, and while they may be effective, it takes a while to get used to using them. I've been searching for a no-pull training aid that would be effective and easy to use.
Does the K9 Bridle fit these criteria?
I'll give you all the details below, and you can see how our Labrador, Saddie, liked wearing the harness in the video review above. For more information on training your dog to stop pulling on his leash, you can also check out these other resources from Top Dog Tips:
- How No-Pull Dog Harnesses and Collars Help With Dog Leash Pulling
- How To Stop A Dog From Pulling 101 – A Step-By-Step Video Guide
- How To Train A Dog To Walk On A Leash – A Video Guide
Now, let's look at the pros and cons of the K9 Bridle. I'll let you know what I thought of this training aid, and I encourage anyone who has used it to leave remarks about their own experience with the device in the comment section below.
K9 Bridle Review
I was instantly impressed with the K9 Bridle because it gives the dog walker control from the back of the neck. This is the point that you are used to having control from, and it made it much easier for me to work with Saddie while controlling her from this angle.
As soon as I put the bridle on her, we were ready to begin our walk. I didn't need any time to get used to training her with this device, because it allowed me to leash train her in the same way that I had been leash training her before.
However, Saddie didn't feel quite as confident as I did in the beginning. She needed to walk with this bridle 3 times (for a total of about 45 minutes) before she was completely comfortable with it. I expected this though, as she's not used to having anything over her muzzle.
Saddie did try to pull the bridle over her nose using her paws. She also attempted to rub her face on the ground to get it off. As soon as I spoke to her, she would stop. If your pup isn't quite as easy going as Saddie, you may have a harder time getting him used to the K9 Bridle.
As I demonstrate in my video review, it is easy to slip the bridle over the nose. If your dog is more persistent in his efforts than mine, he could easily be successful at removing the bridle. This is something you'll need to be careful of if you think your dog will try to take it off by himself.
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This is a 100% completely humane dog training aid.
When your dog pulls on his leash, the K9 Bridle puts pressure on his muzzle. It's not enough to hurt your pet, but it's enough to correct the behavior. He'll quickly learn that when he pulls the Bridle applies pressure to his face. If he wants the pressure stop, he'll have to stop pulling on the leash.
Saddie picked up on the concept very quickly – almost instantly, infact! She's always good on her leash after the first 5 minutes of the walk. But, during those first five minutes, watch out! She's so excited that she jumps, pulls and bounces all around. With the K9 Bridle, she corrected her behavior after the first few pulls.
Once she accepted the bridle and stopped trying to take it off, she began to walk normally everywhere we went. As you can see in the video above, she's happy with the bridle on. She has no aversion to it at all.
My favorite thing about this bridle is that it still allows Saddie to breathe, pant and even drink water or eat a snack comfortably.
While the company recommends this device for dogs that act aggressively while on a leash, I don't know if I would be comfortable saying the same. It's made of nylon, so it could be chewed through easily. Also, the o-rings that connect to the collar are very small. I worry that an aggressive dog that lunges on the leash would break the bridle or find a way to pull out of it.
Because of the thin nylon straps, I also wouldn't recommend this bridle for dogs that chew. If your pet were able to slip this off, he could chew through it in a matter of seconds if you weren't paying attention.
Now, let's talk about price. You can't buy this product on Amazon. It's only available in select pet stores and through the company's website right now. Depending on the size you need, it will cost you $22-$25. As far as dog training aids and no-pull devices go, that's a pretty fair price.
All-in-all, I would definitely recommend the K9 Bridle to any dog owner having trouble with their pup pulling on the leash. I have also already recommended this bridle to a few of my dog trainer friends!