Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 122
Rated 5 out of 5 by KRL428 Cured my leash reactive dog
I have a 1 year old rescue who was always sort of leash reactive, but during the terrible winter we had she wasn't outside on a daily basis where there was a lot of people and other dogs. Now that it's nice out again I tried walking her about 10 different times and it was a nightmare. She barked, lunged, and whined at every person and dog that came close to us (funny thing is she isn't agressive to people or dogs, just a little nervous around them at first). I heard good things about the GL so I bought it. After many treats and positive association to get it on her, she is a new dog. She gets better with each day I use it. I found the trick to be to give the leash a little tug when I saw her staring at another person or dog for too long to snap her out of her focus and it's been working like magic. It's almost like a completely different dog and I now look forward to walks again instead of dreading them. If there is anything negative about this product it is that it leaves a visible mark across the muzzle but that usually goes away a few minutes after the GL is taken off (and it is not because it is too tight).
April 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Xerakitty Excellent!
I have tried literally every brand of head collar for my large (45 lb) Scottish border collie. This is the only one I would recommend! I actually have 5 of these, all the exact same. I keep them stashed around the house/cars in case I should lose or break one.
I started using the gentle leader on her when she was 6 months old (now over 7 years). I can use ONE FINGER to hold the leash when this collar is on her, even when she is excited and wanting to go play with people/other dogs. Can even go off-leash and she stays at my side as long as her gentle leader is on!
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by GermanShepardLoverForever A VERY HAPPY DOG OWNER
This product is just AWESOME! I rescued a German Shepherd back in January 2012...Ruger was only 7 months old then and literally a few hours from death. When he was in training he constantly pulled & tried to bully me. I didn't want to buy a choker or shock collar etc. I didn't want to hurt him & I wanted to reassure him that everything was OK and made training fun. As soon as I put the Gentle Leader on him he was a totally different dog! I am disabled so it was very important that he didn't pull or bully me. Now I don't have to use the Gentle Leader at all! We go for walks and now Ruger helps me when I have a hard time walking! Every so often I do put it back in him just as a reminder. I think anyone who has a dog in training, no matter what the age, should buy this!!!
June 1, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jaymus The good and the bad...
I picked this up for my dog when she was barely a year old at the recommendation of Petsmart Obedience School staff during training because my dog was so full of "burst" energy that she could almost yank you off your feet unless the momentum was redirected.
The Gentle Leader did its job by redirecting that momentum, but despite working with my dog for months, she would still try to muscle her way forward. This in turn caused the strap that goes around the snout to compress and essentially act as if her nose was being plugged. I adjusted it to make it a little less constricting and she still pushed hard enough to cause the same compression on her snout, then she figured out if she could pull her nose free of it. I couldn't break her of the habit, she really seemed to resent this thing (I didn't blame her). Thankfully she never found a reliable way to get it off, though she learned to stand on her hind legs and use her front paws to try and shove it off of her face. Another unintended consequence of this thing is that I had to reassure people on more than one occasion that it was NOT in fact a muzzle and my energetic dog was not a vicious animal.
My overall assessment is that this is not comfortable for the dog, makes it harder for the dog to breathe adequately, and can be misinterpreted as a muzzle. Better alternatives are available to diffuse a dog's forward momentum with a smaller risk to their overall well-being. Definitely NOT for stubborn dogs.
March 9, 2014