Sizing, fitting and using

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Measure your dog's neck here for the correct size Canny Collar

Choosing the right size

To ensure your Canny Collar fits accurately and is safe to use when walking your dog, take a tape and measure around your dog's neck snugly, to just behind the ears. Then, choose the correct size Canny Collar for your dog using the following measurements:

Fitting the Canny Collar

How to fit the Canny Collar step 1

step 1

Fasten the Canny Collar around your dog's neck, ensuring the buckle is positioned just behind his ears at the back. Fold any excess collar and tuck it under the lip of the buckle. The Canny Collar should fit higher up the neck than a conventional collar, as shown.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 2

step 2

A snug fit is essential with any dog training collar to enure it cannot come off your dog whilst walking. Test the Canny Collar by trying to pull it off your dog's head whilst facing him - if fitted correctly, this should not be possible.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 3

step 3

Pull each end of the thin slip line behind your dog's head and attach your lead to both 'D' rings at each end.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 4

step 4

Pull the slip line through the small yellow plastic guider at the front of the Canny Collar and place over your dog's snout. With some breeds, it may be easier to do this before attaching the lead. Take care not to twist the slip line before placing it over your dog's snout.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 5

step 5

Ensure you leave the plastic guider under your dog's chin. This is absolutely vital. If this plastic guider is not kept under the chin, the Canny Collar will not function correctly.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 6

step 6

Now you're ready to begin walking your dog.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 7

step 7

When walking your dog, your lead should be kept short but loose so you can control him quickly and easily. An extendable lead, or similar dog training equipment, is not recommended for use with the Canny Collar as the slip line may not remain in place on your dog's snout.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 8

step 8

When your dog starts pulling on the lead, apply gentle backward pressure. Instant release of the pressure occurs when he stops pulling. This pressure and release system is the key to using your Canny Collar correctly as your dog trains himself to stop pulling. Within a short time, walking your dog will become a pleasure again as he begins to walk happily by your side on a loose lead.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 9

step 9

Some dogs may resist the first time you put the slip line over their face and try to paw it off. You must continue to walk and lift your dog's head by raising your lead. The Canny Collar can be used in conjunction with common positive reinforcement dog training methods such as clicker training or food based reward training to help very difficult dogs accept it more quickly.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 10

step 10

Instantly release the pressure on the Canny Collar by lowering your lead when he stops resisting. Once the initial resistance has stopped, release all pressure. Keep walking while giving him vocal praise, then stop and praise him lavishly.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 11

step 11

When letting your dog off lead, the Canny Collar can be left on him by removing the slip line from his snout and pulling it out fully. Cross the slip line behind his head and drop it either side of his head as shown.

How to fit the Canny Collar step 12

step 12

Bring the D rings together to meet underneath his chin and use one or two of the optional carabiner clips to secure the D rings together.


Using the Canny Collar


Put the Canny Collar on and go for a walk immediately. Keep your lead short but loose when How to walk your dog on a Canny Collarwalking 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. 

The 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?

Firstly, the Canny Collar fastens behind the head rather than under the chin. The Canny Collar is a dog training collarThe 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. 

What if....?

The slip line comes off my dog's nose - what do I do?

The most common reason for this is that the yellow plastic guider on the Canny Collar slip line is not positioned under your dog's chin. Ensure that you have pulled the slip line through the guider and that your dog doesn't have a piece of yellow plastic on the side of his face (or on top of his head!).

Another possible reason is walking with too long a lead. The lead should be kept short but loose. An extendable lead or similar piece of dog training equipment is not recommended for use with the Canny Collar.


My dog doesn't want to walk - what can I do?

The Canny Collar can be used in conjunction with common positive reinforcement dog training methods such as clicker training or food based reward training, which will help get your dog's interest and encourage him to walk. By lowering your height and giving vocal praise and/or a food incentive, your dog can be encouraged to begin walking with his Canny Collar. 


I have a short-nosed breed such as a Boxer or Pug?

We have had a great deal of positive feedback about the Canny Collar from Boxer owners who have been delighted to find a piece of dog training equipment they can finally use to walk their dog. As the fitting depends on neck size, this simply means there is a little less slip line behind the head on a Boxer than there would be for other breeds, but the fit is not a problem. Pugs are a little trickier as mostly they have virtually no nose! For those that have a slightly longer nose, the Canny Collar would work but if in doubt, invest in a body harness. 


I want to eventually train my dog to walk on a conventional collar and lead?

The Canny Collar can indeed be used to train your dog to eventually walk on a regular collar and lead if this is what you wish. To achieve this, try walking your dog on the Canny Collar with the slip line over his nose for a two week period. Then, walk him/her for perhaps five minutes one day with the slip line on his nose and then remove it, pulling the excess slip line out at the back of his neck, turning the collar into a conventional lead and collar arrangement, for five minutes more.

If he begins to walk well, you are on your way to training him. You can then alternate between the two arrangements, gradually 'weaning' him off having the slip line on his nose. If he doesn't respond well to this, he will need a further period of keeping the slip line permanently on his nose before again trying the 'alternating' method of walking him.


I want to walk two dogs at once using a Canny Collar?

We recommend for two dogs, that you walk both on the same side which will make it easier to control them using a Canny Collar. If using a standard length lead (4-6 ft) and walking your dogs on the left, this would mean holding the handle of the lead in your right hand and the part closest to the clip in your left. The dog on the outside will have slightly more lead than the dog on the inside but both dogs should have their leads so that they are short but loose ie. that there is just enough slack so that as soon as one pulls, he/she feels the pressure of the collar tightening.

With the leads in this position, only the dog that started to pull would feel any pressure and it would allow the second dog, if he wasn't pulling, to enjoy the benefits of walking on a loose lead and feeling no pressure.


My dog has vertebral neck problems?

If your dog has vertebral neck problems, our recommendation would be not to use any type of training device that fits around your dog's head. There are many harnesses on the market which would be more suitable for your dog. 


My dog is still pulling on the lead! What should I do now?

When using the Canny Collar, it is important that your dog realises that at some point during the walk, the collar will loosen and if he is a persistently bad puller this may not be happening. One tip would be to let out your lead when walking and allow him some way ahead of you and then, whilst still watching him, turn quickly and walk around in the complete opposite direction, taking good care not to yank his head when you turn. This will put him immediately behind you and give you some distance ahead of him before he then tries to pass you again and pull. Once he does pass you, turn again immediately and repeat the process, continuing to turn when he passes you. He should begin to look at you and try to anticipate when you are going to turn in order to stay ahead but the best place to watch you from is just behind your leg. And this is ideally where you would like him to be on a walk.

When you have a very persistent puller, often it is best to try not to control them immediately with the collar, but to get them used to wearing it and give them plenty of vocal praise when they begin to walk without trying to remove it and when they are behind you. The exercise described above is intended to take away the worst of the initial pulling but should only be done in bursts of three or four minutes maximum as it will be both physically and mentally demanding for both of you.

Once you begin to get some control/acceptance, then try using the collar to control as per the instructions to stop pulling. Without the hard, initial & tiring (for you both!) pulling, you should be able to apply pressure when he does pull and release when he stops. Dogs generally will only walk well if their lead/collar is loose and he needs to know it will loosen at some point. Once he experiences it loosening, he will realise that by walking in this position, it is more comfortable and the yellow plastic guider should then sit underneath his muzzle in the correct, relaxed position.

by Sean McElherron