How it Works
of the benefits of the Gentle Leader Collar is that when you make a correction
it is with very gentle pull on the lead. This pull automatically turns the dog's
head toward you, giving you the dog's attention. With many dogs, including
Chops, maintaining attention is one way in maintaining control.
The Gentle Leader works quickly because it controls the head, which controls the
dog. The Gentle Leader nose loop works with very little pressure on the nose is
just 10 to 15% of the pressure on the neck. The dog is not harmed, but guided.
When walking the halter lets you "drive" your dog like a car. Subtle
corrections let you steer the dog left or right, forward or reverse.
The halter also works with the dog's instincts. Dogs tend to pull against
pressure. If your dog is wearing a regular collar or leash, or even a choke
style training collar he will pull forward as you pull back, leading him to gag
and choke. You are not in control, and your dog is coughing and sputtering.
Attention is lost, and the lesson is a failure.
Put on the Gentle Leader Head Collar and your dog slows down when his head is
turned. To make his sit, move the control cord under the chin and lift at the
same time. The dog automatically sits.
The Gentle Leader Head Collar can be used to teach your dog all of the basic
commands: Sit, Stay, Come, Heel and Down. It can also be used to control
unwanted habits such as digging, jumping, barking, begging, chewing, stealing
and general unruliness at home, on the street, and at the veterinarian's office.
Techniques for working on all of these behaviors are in the comprehensive manual
included with the Gentle Leader.
One you have used the Gentle Leader you will appreciate how simple and perfect
an idea it is. You'll also appreciate the instant automatic control you have
over your dog.
are only two problems with the Gentle Leader Head Collar an they can both be
easily overcome. The first is that your dog won't like the collar at first. If
you are persistent, however, your dog will get used to it and not give it a
second thought - just like his first collar. Give in to your dog on this, and
your lose the battle. (That same lack of will power and perseverance on your
part may explain why your dog had poor behavior in the first place.) Make your
dog wear the halter and don't give in to his emotional pleadings. Your dog will
live very well, thank you, with this halter.
The second problem with the Gentle Leader is that many people who see your dog
wearing it will thing your dog is vicious and wearing a muzzle. Yet people are
intrigued by the halter and even more curious when you explain that it is the
best training device ever invented for dogs - and not a muzzle.
The Gentle Leader System consists of the halter (in small, medium or large), the
10 foot Indoor Control Lead and a comprehensive training manual. A video tape
describing the system may be borrowed from your veterinarian. For preventing
problems or solving current ones, get the Gentle Leader Head Collar.
are naturally "pack" animals with a highly structured social order.
One of the ways the "pack leader" will demonstrate his position is to
gently, but firmly, grasp a subordinate's muzzle in his mouth. This is a
non-aggressive but very clear signal regarding who's the boss! The nose loop
exercises your dog's muzzle in this same manner, "letting him know in his
own language that your are his leader." Dogs feel more secure when they
know who the leader is.
you noticed how puppies seem to melt in relaxation when their mother picks them
up at the back of the neck? Gentle Leader applies pressure to the "back of
the neck" rather than the front of the throat, working with your dog's
natural relaxation instinct with an amazing calming effect. Also, dogs tend to
pull "against" pressure so the gentle pressure a the back of the neck
causes the dog to pull backward, not forward. This means an end to leash-pulling
offers a fast, gentle, and effective way to control "unwanted
behavior" -- without harsh methods or devices! Because it's scientifically
designed to work "with" your dog's natural instincts, "behavior
changes in minutes -- not weeks!
controlled sitting -- raise your dog's nose skyward and he lowers his
hindquarters -- no pushing or shoving.
Pulling and Lunging
more tug-of-wars, jerking, or being dragged down the street -- even children and
the elderly can walk large or difficult dogs.
stop jumping and other unwanted behavior as the headcollar helps you control
your dog in a "stand," "sit," or "down" position.
unwanted barking with a simple pull of the lead to close your dog's mouth -- no
need to shout or scold.
annoying behavior at meal time (and help the kids hang on to their snacks!)
you control with humane restraint -- pressure as applied at the back of the neck
instead of the front of the throat.
fitted properly, your dog may open his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch and bark
-- except when you pull on the leash to close his mouth.
the supervision of a professional trainer, veterinarian or behavior consultant,
and when used appropriately, Gentle Leader can be very effective for aggression
to wear the head collar? Gentle Leader is designed to deal with specific behavior
problems and should be worn whenever those behaviors are likely to occur. For
leash pulling and lunging, it should be worn whenever you walk your dog. For
various household problems like jumping on guests, barking, etc (or general
attitude adjustment!), it should be worn during all waking hours (remove at
night) NEVER leave your dog home alone with the head collar on.