Gentle Leader Headcollar
Do you have a dog that simply refuses to walk calmly on a leash? Have you tried choke collars, spiked collars, harnesses,and just dealing with it? Before giving up on properly leash training your dog, consider giving the Gentle Leader Headcollar a shot. Unlike pronged collars, the Gentle Leader Headcollar is humane and painless when used properly and highly effective, usually delivering results on the first day.
One of the most important steps to using this headcollar is proper fitting. The loop that fits over the muzzle should be between the corners of the mouth and the eyes. It should be tight enough that your dog cannot paw it off but loose enough that he can breathe and open his mouth freely. The neck strap should be high and tight enough that the headcollar doesn't move around and cause chafing. The instruction booklet and DVD say that one finger should barely be able to fit underneath a properly tightened neck strap, but this was too tight on my dog and restricted his breathing. When properly fitted the collar should be comfortable, so just adjust it until you're confident that it's on right. The leash clips onto the metal ring on the hanging end of the muzzle strap. Check for a proper fit each time you take your dog out and you'll be on your way!
How it Works
When walking, the leash should always be either slack or taut--never in between, and never try to pull your dog along on a taut leash. When taut, the headcollar tightens, causing the dog to stop and look at you. This tells him that he's not doing what you want him to do. Eventually, your dog will associate a taut leash and headcollar with "no" and slack with "yes." Trying to force and pull your dog along will only cause him to resist more due to the discomfort that will be caused, so never yank the leash or let it stay taut for more than a few seconds.
What to Expect
Remember when your dog was a puppy and wore a collar for the first time? Expect the same reaction he had then. Your dog will probably throw a fit, whine, roll around, and try his hardest to get this thing off his face. Be patient and look to the instructional DVD to help get your dog comfortable with his new headcollar. Once you get walking, the headcollar will work. Costing only about $20, the Gentle Leader Headcollar is a product I recommend for any problem pooch and his family.
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