PetSafe® Gentle Leader Training Dog Collar
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
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
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
couldn't be happier
From the first time I put the head collar on my 2 year old female pit bull, she was a changed dog. I am 73 years of age and had been struggling to control the dog when we went out for potty. She tended to pull and lunge once we got down the steps into the yard. The very first time using the head collar I was able to take her out without her pulling or lunging. We have only had the collar 3 days and are looking forward to finally being able to take her on walks. She sits patiently for me to put it on and take it off and has not really fought against having it on. I did find watching the DVD helpful. I was on the verge of sending her back to where I got her due to her pulling and lunging. I think I will keep her now.
January 13, 2014