Snoot Loop

No I did not say Fruit Loop.  This is much more serious than artifically colored breakfast cereal.

We received the official “discharge” paperwork from UC Davis this weekend.  It is a 6 page reminder of what we learned and what we are supposed to be doing to support Zoey is her quest for leadership.  Let me share with you some parts of our instructions:

We will use a program of avoidance/safety, reinforcing the family members as leaders, and supporting Zoey as the more dominant dog to decrease the aggression between the dogs.   Although it will take some time to address all of your goals, many of the current recommendations are precursors to addressing other issues in the future.

The treatment plan will involve:

 Avoidance of the triggers


 Discontinuation of aversive training methods

 Nothing in Life is Free to establish your positive leadership over the dogs

 Supporting Zoey as the dominant dog

 Social Isolation as punishment

Working on commands (“look”, “touch”, “go to your bed”)

Desensitization and counter conditioning

Using the Snoot Loop

Yes, they said a Snoot Loop.  I, too, had never heard of this before our visit.  Let me give you a visual:  

    snoot loop sketch


 From the manufacturer’s website:

The Snoot Loop halter gives you easy, gentle control over your dog. The Snoot Loop, attached to a leash, guides your dog’s head. Because the leash will now attach under the chin instead of at the neck, your dog cannot pull or lunge as it can with a collar.

You do not need to yank or pull on the leash when using a Snoot Loop and your dog does not strain or choke. Even a small dog can exert a lot of force by pulling on a collar with its neck and shoulders. But with a Snoot Loop halter, even a small person can control a large dog.

You can effectively teach your dog to refrain from jumping up on people, inside or outside the home. The Snoot Loop also can be used to prevent and stop barking or growling.

With the Snoot Loop, you do NOT “jerk” the leash. A gentle, steady, light pull is sufficient. Your dog learns by itself that pressure on the nose loop means “stop” and that it cannot go forward until pressure on the nose loop ceases. Your control becomes more like the gentle guidance you give a well-trained riding horse rather than the constant pulling of an unruly dog.

Since you will now have the needed control by using the Snoot Loop, you can relax inside your home as well as outside. Your dog will be happier and more eager to please and will learn and understand proper behavior in a positive way. Walking outside will be more enjoyable because you can give your dog more opportunity to sniff, explore, and play.

So we will have a very unattractive accessory adorning the little dumplings for the next…hell I don’t know how long.  I am thinking I can embelish Abby’s with some sewn on flowers or colorful decoration.  Maybe I can find a crown for Queen Zoey’s new look.  At least Abby is not the only one who has to go out in public looking like this:


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One Response to “Snoot Loop”

  1. emme Says:

    I used one of these for my big boy. They aren’t as bad as they seem. very helpful because they make a tough situation easier…

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