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So we are taking the plunge and finally trying the "Gentle Leader" collar for Sadie. A trainer friend of mine recommended it a long time ago because we are still using a harness and it is sometimes difficult to keep Sadie under control on walks. (especially as it is getting nicer out...nicer weather=more distractions!) So we are going to get her fitted for one now.

Anyone use a Gentle leader?
 

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I use the Easy walker Harness made by Gentle leader.  It has a front loop in which is easier to control the dog from the front than from a loop on the back like most harnesses.
 

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I've used one for quite awhile Alexa..Sometimes they fight it a bit at first, but I have been really happy with it..Not quite ready for something like that for Flick, but I may try the harness on him :)
 

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So we got her one and she doesn't like it very much! lol she walks around batting at her face...Rob is testing it on a walk now so we'll see how she does. I'm sure she'll be fine, we are going to let her wear it around the house a bit so she gets used to it. I'm SO excited at the thought of her not pulling anymore!!
 

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I tried one for Phoenix but she kept digging at her face and when we walked he would always hold her head down to the ground. I ended up taking it back. I also found the part that goes around the snout road up too close to her eyes. We went back to just a plain choke chain (after some proper instruction on how to use it) and it worked better.
 

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Yea, Alexa, let her wear it a bit so she can get used to it..I've seen some new ones that have an extra padding on them for the noses..That's actually the kind I had in Ireland..Or you could, if it seems like it's bothering her, take a soft piece of cotton and attach it to the underside over her nose...You will really enjoy walking once she gets used to it and it's so much easier to work on basic commands as she will pay more attention to you...
 

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Yes! It's fantastic :) Rob took her last night and said once they got going she was fine and didn't bat at it much. AND she didn't pull ONCE! It's like a dream come true  :lol:
 

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I use the gentle leader on Ringer because he did pull a lot and now freaks out when he sees other dogs while on the leash.  He was attacked a couple times and now freaks out whenever he sees another dog while I am walking him.  I would recommend doing everything in your power to teach Sadie that she is being a good girl now while she isn't pulling.  It only took a couple weeks for Ringer revert back to hitting the end of the leash and coming back to me and then repeating the process all over again.  If it didn't help so much when he freaks out around other dogs, I wouldn't be using it anymore because he does the same pulling/returning behavior on the flat collar.
 

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Wow...I have to say I could NOT be more thrilled...we have been talking about getting the GL for Mic AND Indy for a while...after reading this yesterday, i finally just went out and bought them...and I JUST WENT FOR A WALK WITH TWO POUND BOXERS AND I DIDN"T GET DRAGGED!!!  Amazing...I mean, they are both very well behaved boys...great with recall...they can be OFF leash and will sit and wait until I release them if another dog comes around at the park...but, put them on a leash and they will dislocate your shoulders!!!  But, not today...the fact that they are so cooperative helped, I am sure, with the transition...of course, they were not thrilled with the collar at first...I let em fuss for a bit...then I had them sit for a treat and then I said "let's go" and that was it...other then the occasional tug and "whoops!" sort of thing, they did GREAT!

Thanks Dan, for the tip...I will make sure they both know how awesome they are while being good and not pulling...I certainly want to give this every chance of lasting!  :)  

I am a happy girl!
 

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Oh, I love the GL for Lenny. I used it for a while with Eddie, but after a while he still fought it so much he rubbed his nose raw and had a bald spot in the shape of the straps for a while...uggh he is such a brat. Lenny however does very well and pulls nada, it is very nice. When we first got him the previous owners had him on a pinch collar ( he was a puppy  8O ), he did have a inclination to pull. Now though, even if the leader is off the pulling is little to none. he has worked well him, though I know it's not the best for all dogs.
 

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My wife and I decided to go ahead and get a GL for Loomis today.  After reading these posts, watching the DVD and fitting Loomis, I think it's going to work great!  Tomorrow I'll let him wear it around, and hopefully get a walk in.  Can't wait!
 

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Update:  Loomis is much improved, but still has a long way to go (which is to be expected).  He doesn't YANK and PULL the leash anymore, but he still wants to constantly walk in front of me, which puts tension in the leash - so when that happens I say "Hey" or pull on the leash so that he comes back beside me.  There has only been a couple of training sessions, but any tips to improve would be great!
 
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