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- Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay
Last week we started obedience classes with our little Derby. She is a strong girl & an intense puller. Our trainer recommended getting a Gentle Leader harness (with the ring in front) so that she doesn’t end up scarring her trachea and coughing (or something like that) while we are walking her & still training her.
I did a lot of research and the GL Harness and GL Head Collar get raving reviews. Of the 98 on Petsmart, there were only 4 unfavorable reviews!
Just curious as to what other dog owners (with really pull-y dogs!) think? If you use either of these, do you like them? Thanks for your help as we make sure Derby is trained and acclimated properly. She is the best!
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Oh my goodness… INVEST!!! That’s all I can say!! Luke is 63 pounds and full of pulling energy!! It has been such a lifesaver, I can’t even begin to tell you. We’ve had nothing but positive results with it :]
It’s tough for them to get used to at first, but then it gets easier and easier for them. We love our leader collar and Luke is used to it now so he knows how it works!
I vote YES!!! :]
Post # 4
I asked this a couple of months ago, and got a pretty good split between this and the EasyWalk harness. I went with the Gentle Leader, and it SAVED MY LIFE. Walking Quil was a nightmare, he pulled me all over the street and he would choke himself on the collar until I was afraid he would pass out.
The gentle leader makes him so easy to walk. He gives us no trouble now…he still tries to rub it off his face on everyone he meets if they try to talk to him, but as for just walking…zero problems. He picks it up and brings it to us..no joke.
Oh, one thing…when we first started using it on him, it chafed the skin on the bridge of his nose a bit, but that went away after a few weeks, and it never got to the point where itwas a sore, just a light spot on the hair. Good luck!
Post # 5
I don’t have a GL, but my friend who has a Great Dane puppy uses it! They absolutely swear by it! She can walk her 90 lb. pup with the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other 🙂
Post # 6
This is TOO WEIRD. I was JUST going to post this same question today!!
ETA: and am looking forward to the answers!
Post # 7
A dog that was in our obediance school has one of these and the owners said it worked well. I think it is an easy way out though so i’m still stuck on the training.
Post # 8
ABSOLUTELY! They make a huge difference. I
Post # 9
Just something to keep in mind, what does a gentle leader look like if you were not familiar with them… a muzzle? I wouldn’t want your dog to be preceived as a mean dog from people who are not familiar with those type of leases.
Growing up we had an Akita and a Rhodesian Ridgeback and we used a german collar. I know they look cruel but they don’t hurt at all unless your dog pulls and if they pulls it pinches them like their mother would. If you in a store just try it on your arm and see how it works.
Post # 10
We went with the gentle leader HARNESS (the one that clips in front) because our Brutus looks a bit like a pitbull (hes chesapeake retriever and choco lab) and we were worried people would think it was a muzzle. Ive owned dogs for ages and the first time I saw a gentle leader I thought it was a muzzle. The harness SAVED US. Brutus pulled terribly even with various choke collars, and the second we put this harness on, he stopped. I have to hold him bak a bit when we walk to the park, but thats his favorite thing in the world so he gets excited =o) But that thing is a GODSEND
Post # 11
@roxy821- a lot of people do tend to think that it’s a muzzle and they’ll confront me about it. I explain to them that it’s not a muzzle and it’s a gentle leader collar to train him not to pull while walking. It’s crazy how many people will ask you about it!! They can still open their mouth, it’s just a little tight around the nose.
Post # 12
KellyV brought up a good point about another type of coller and I think this is just a situation that you will have to see what works best on your dog. If you are thinking about the harness kind then just be careful because harness were designed for oxen to pull. This may not work in helping him not to pull. Does your teacher have different kinds of collars and leads that you can try on your dog before you decide which to puchase?
Post # 13
We use a Halti (which is essentially the same thing as a GL) and swear by them…. Chilly and Leah are both boxers, and they’re…. not the brightest bulbs out there. They’d rather choke themselves to death than not try to chase that squirrel (or whatever else they see!)
I don’t think it looks like a muzzle, it looks like a halter like you’d use to lead a horse (which is why they named our halti I think!).
We call it a head collar when people ask.
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So I actually seen my neighbor walking his dog with one of these last week. I thought it was a muzzle to keep him from barking. lol Guess that proves me wrong. I might try this for my mutt….
Post # 16
We had one for my 28 pound dog who used to pull like crazy. It really did work to stop the pulling, but he hated it, even after months of using it. It got to the point where he was being really disobedient around walk times (we make him sit before we put the leash on, but I would literally be there for 15 minutes trying to make him sit so we could go, not wanting to give in, but also being late for work!).
Eventually we went back to his regular collar and he doesn’t pull nearly as much, but still more than when he was wearing the GL. It’s a great training tool, even if in the end it doesn’t work long term. People did think it was a muzzle though, which was annoying.