PetSafe Gentle Leader Headcollar Keeps Your Dog from Pulling on Leash
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And, being he is quite hefty at 85 pounds, he is quite hard to handle when he has his mind set on getting to another dog, a squirrel, or anything he wants to get to. Overall, it’s just an unpleasant experience for us both.
His trainer, or should I say our trainer, recommended this product – the PetSafe Gentle Leader Headcollar. Disclosure: This is a non-sponsored review. We bought this product with our own money on a suggestion on how to deal with our own doggy issues and wanted to share with you guys. But we do make a few cents off the Amazon links, so if you find our review helpful, considering using the link to get yours.
Let’s take a look at how it works.
The Gentle Leader Headcollar works much like the lead on a horse following the philosophy of where the head goes the body will follow. If it works for a one-ton horse, it surely has to work for an 85-pound dog. Right? Right?
With regular collars and harnesses, dogs have a natural tendency to want to pull against pressure and while training can help with overcoming that instinct, it may be one of the hardest habits to break especially with more stubborn dogs, such as Brody here.
It’s pretty easy to put on, actually less time consuming than putting on his harness. You simply put the ring around his snout and bring the straps around behind the ears and snap. And then just hook your leash here. Doesn’t get much simpler than that.
It might need adjusting, but we found that Brody’s fits quite nicely without any fear of him coming out of it.
It does come with an instructional DVD, but we found it easy enough to use. But, the DVD was pretty informative.
So, let’s see how well it works for us. As you can see Brody is minding his manners on leash. He’s gone from pulling at every chance he gets and trying to lead to being instantly transformed into a more pleasant animal to walk.
Our overall impression of the Gentle Leader Headcollar is that it does exactly what it is supposed to do without requiring a lot of time learning how to use it. I have to admit I was a bit skeptical about how thin the straps were, but after seeing how little he pulls on it that my worries were unfounded.
We haven’t noticed him showing any signs of discomfort with it on. But at first, he wasn’t terribly fond of the ring going over his snout.
You might find that a bit difficult with a less docile dog.
Do we recommend it? Definitely, if you need it. We live in an apartment complex and generally run across both dogs and people during our walks. Even though his intentions are noble, we can’t have him lunging after people and other dogs. Can we?
If you’re interested in getting a Gentle Leader Headcollar, you can help out this channel by purchasing it from the Amazon link above The price is competitive with other places we’ve seen it. Notice that it comes in different sizes. Brody here uses a large.
If you have a smaller dog or one that is generally well-behaved on a leash, it’s probably unnecessary, but might be nice to have as a training tool for a puppy.
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