I must admit that in the past I've used a prong collar on my precious pooch.... I have back issues and have been desperate to be able to take him for walks. He LOVES the prong collar and walks much better on it even when around dogs (he is dog aggressive on leash). I know about the potential problems with adding punishment when around dogs so I would really like to be able to have him under control in another manner without risking hurting myself more. So, I tried a gentle leader and a halti. I couldn't figure out how to get the gentle leader to fit him (he has a very blocky lab head) without the nose strap rubbing his eyes, but the halti seems to fit him well. However, he HATES it!! I have tried habituating him to it and he is fine walking around the house, fetching etc. with it on, but once we come to another dog or rabbit, and needs the pulling up action of the halti (with quick release when he is sitting), he goes nuts!! He drops his head to the ground and paws at his face. After such an incident, he runs from the halti the next day when I get it out so I have go through the entire habituation process again. This really seems like punishment to me (adding a correction similar to a choke collar but to his face!!). From my understanding the corrections for the halti are not given as quickly as a choke collar and are released after the dog obeys a command like sit. Is this a correct understanding? What are your views on the halti being + punishment? For now, I'm going back to his flat collar and avoiding dogs as much as possible.