Walking the dog: Focus on head collars.
Not long ago we touched on a couple of products to make walking easier in our Walking the dog and not letting the dog walk you post. We’re going to talk a little bit about the Gentle Leader head collar in this posting, as well as giving 10 lucky readers a chance to win their very own Gentle Leader head collar! There will be more details about the contest near the bottom of the page.
Now I have had experience with both the Gentle Leader and Halti brand head collars, while the Halti brand (featured to the right) has an extra strap to apply slight pressure to the dog’s cheek if it pulls, I have seen many dogs chew through this strap in a matter of a few minutes. I have had much more success with the Gentle Leader myself, but the Halti head collars can be just as effective when used correctly.
I have seen the Gentle Leader work for many dogs, as well as my own. To some, the Gentle Leader looks like a muzzle, but it is not. The nylon material wraps over the nose and back of the neck. The design gently mimics the way a mother dog might correct her pup or a pack leader asserts dominance, a dog wearing the head collar can still eat, drink, pant, bark and carry toys. It is lightweight and should not cause pain, coughing, choking or gagging. Though some dogs may be try to “back out” of the head collar or paw at it, the Gentle Leader (unlike some other head collars) remains secure around the back of the head if fitted properly. Please note this products it not intended for use on short-nosed dog breeds.
Size, appropriate fit and use are essential to the success of the Gentle Leader head hollar. Too big or too small and you will not be able to get the results you desire from your head collar. Click here to open the fitting guidelines (pdf)
My Great Dane, Nymphadora Tonks, modeling the Gentle Leader (size: Large, color: pink)