While a flat collar does not directly operate on a dog's muzzle
You're right. A flat collar does not yank a dog around by it's head. I think everyone here knows that.
It shouldn't be a correction, it should be gentle pressure
Wait.. what?? A 'gentle pressure' isn't a correction? Since when? If a 'gentle pressure' isn't correcting the dog's movement then what is it doing?
A head collar does not necessarily "yank a dog around by it's head" either. Keep in mind that yanking can happen on a simple flat collar, whether it is done on purpose or the dog hits the end of the leash.
I am reading that a gentle pressure is a correction by definition, in your eyes. You would have to define what a correction is to you, and then you would have to ask the dog if said correction is indeed aversive anyway, which is quite important information.Since dogs do not talk we have to monitor body language, when we do things around them.
I took this video two days ago, of my foster Loggy, who had seen the head collar only when doing pairings with a reinforcer. The head collar, a Halti, has not been put on before, but behaviors such as touching the collar and pushing into it were reinforced. I am recovering from a significant surgery, have trouble bending over or kneeing, and skipped a step in the conditioning to take this video. I took it anyway, because I thought it might help those who are interested in the use of a head collar and go through each step. Helpful videos are not just about the final product, but the steps in between, and mistakes (and how to solve them) if they happen.
Too much time bending over the dog's head and closing the collar, including putting the security attachment in place, sloppy and slow treat delivery and clicking (a bunch of painkillers are good for some things and not so much for others!) , for the records. Clicking, or verbal, happens in different moments but it mostly follows a pressure on the lead. That is a gentle pressure in my book, based on the dog's overall response. Please do not confuse chop licking in anticipation of food with stress related lip licking. Each dog worked on a head collar is introduced and conditioned to that pressure, because in the case I need to apply it I want the dog to perceive it as something positive. I like to do the same with flat collars.