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least 10-11-2011 09:02 PM

Question: has anyone ever used a Gentle Leader head collar to train a dog to walk decently on a leash? Snoopy pulls like a mule (or a sled dog!) on the leash and despite his small size he really drags me down the street. I found the one I'd bought years ago but can't remember how to put it on so googled it and found some instructions.

Just wondering if it really works to control the dog gently and humanely as it advertises...

doggonecarl 10-12-2011 07:33 AM

I've used a number of different kinds of halters. With one of my dogs it works like a charm. With my lab, not so good. I'm tempted to send it back to the company and ask for a refund. They'll probably tell me to review the instructional CD that came with the halter.

And even if it doesn't work, it's better than having a dog pull on a choke collar.

One last thing, make sure it fits right. One of the disadvatages of the halter is that a dog can get loose if the fit isn't right. One brand, not sure which one, has a secondary snap lead you can attach to the collar of security.

Good luck. When do we get to see a picture of Snoopy?

least 10-12-2011 06:08 PM

Soon as I take a good one.:) How's this one?:)


http://i56.tinypic.com/16bzh9u.jpg

least 10-12-2011 06:47 PM

Here's a better one.


http://i53.tinypic.com/2whpmpf.jpg

doggonecarl 10-13-2011 09:12 AM

You're right...he looks like a pulling machine. I've never had luck with a chest harness. I think it makes a dog want to pull.

least 10-13-2011 09:31 AM

My dogs all wear harnesses simply because I'm not fond of collars (I hate anything close around my throat). Also because with a harness they can use a seat restraint in the car so they are safe in case of an accident.

I will try the head collar to teach him to walk nicely on a leash. I was also reading that the head collar is designed to put him in his place in the pack, that I'm the alpha dog, as indicated by the head collar fitting around his muzzle like the alpha dog/wolf will do in a pack to maintain order by putting his mouth over the muzzle to show his dominance over a subordinate. So we'll give it a try...:)

My other dogs wear a harness (and beagirl did too) and all of them walk very nicely on a leash, no pulling my arm off. Snoopy needs training, that's all.



I don't think Snoopy's ever had any training at all, his former owners were proud as punch of his having 'papers' but he'd had next to no vet care from them... no hw preventive, no shots... but dammit - he's got papers! Idiots!

Murray4x5 10-19-2011 07:38 PM

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I use a Triple Crown Starmark collar for Zain. It looks heinous, cruel, and tortuous, but Zain weighs 130 pounds and my wife is still recovering from a car accident three years ago. It works because it only hurts if he pulls. We call it "The Equalizer" :D

http://www.triplecrowndogs.com/produ...rk-Collar.html

Here he is (without the Starmark) in his happy place...the mountains!!!!!

Murray4x5 10-19-2011 07:48 PM

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Here's Zain with my hiking buddy Dave for scale by a mountain stream;

least 10-24-2011 09:47 PM

Snoopy's stitches come out and his cone head comes off this Friday so will try the Gentle Leader head collar on him to stop him from pulling. He's really a smart dog, just was left to do as he pleased with his former family and never trained in anything unless is was just sitting up looking cute... No obedience training, no sit or stay or anything like that so he's a 'twenty-something' without good manners, that's all...;)



What I'd like to do is give him the basic canine good-citizen training and then therapy dog training. He's so sweet and loving he'd be a great visitor in hospitals and nursing homes and such.:)

least 10-30-2011 11:51 AM

Snoopy is doing better at walking nicely on a leash. I've been yanking him back when he pulls and saying sternly "no pulling!" So far he's doing well and when I say "no pulling" he stops doing it. He's sharp as a tack, just headstrong - literally and figuratively - and needs guidance.

He's calmed down a lot after being neutered and is such a snuggle bug.:)

Freedom1990 10-30-2011 05:09 PM

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Originally Posted by least (Post 3153457)
Snoopy is doing better at walking nicely on a leash. I've been yanking him back when he pulls and saying sternly "no pulling!" So far he's doing well and when I say "no pulling" he stops doing it. He's sharp as a tack, just headstrong - literally and figuratively - and needs guidance.

He's calmed down a lot after being neutered and is such a snuggle bug.:)

Great to hear he is doing so much better! :)

66Charger 10-30-2011 05:19 PM

Well, I don't have a dog. I travel too much to have one. But I have really enjoyed all the pictures of your dogs. I decided to include a picture, in light of the holidays, in honor of us. I can't thank all of you enough for helping change my pumpkin face!

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66Charger 10-30-2011 05:20 PM

clearly, I don't know how to insert a picture. sorry.

Nikoneer 11-12-2011 04:04 PM

My Sophia
 
Now that I have 15 posts under my belt I can finally post some pics of my little girl Sophie Maria...

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D735610_1835018_10941


https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D735610_1835018_10099

https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D735610_1835018_10005

least 11-12-2011 05:02 PM

What a little cutie pie.:) I especially like the one of her lying in the grass. What is she chewing on in the last pic?? Looks like a severed arm.

Nikoneer 11-12-2011 05:20 PM

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Originally Posted by least (Post 3168686)
What a little cutie pie.:) I especially like the one of her lying in the grass. What is she chewing on in the last pic?? Looks like a severed arm.

:c043:, Yup, that's what it is.
I got it one year as part of a Halloween decorations and Sophie just loved it. Scarey eh? Sophie may "look" cute but there's a bit'o Doctor Jeckel and Mister Hyde in her.. LOL

steelmagnolia 11-12-2011 07:13 PM

nik....sophie is adorable!!...she is the perfect size and her coat is beautiful. what a precious face. thank you for sharing.....mags

least 11-20-2011 07:03 AM

Had a little 'tiff' with ck last night when I told nmk to not throw anything away in the house, particularly not NIkko's insulin and supplies. Ck lambasted me for not getting rid of it now that he's gone. I told her nicely to BUZZ OFF and not give me suggestions like that. She kept at it and then told me I wasnt' being 'logical'!!! :a043:

I told her that there was no logic in such overwhelming loss and to just keep her opinions to herself thankyouverymuch! She came back 'swinging' and wouldn't let go! I told her to knock it off and respect my wishes in this matter of the heart (not logic)!

I can tolerate her lack of understanding of the bond between me and my dogs, but cannot stand her pushing her way on me and knocking me for not agreeing with her! :a043:

least 12-01-2011 05:38 PM

Little Patchie Poo is adapting very well to her new home.:) She loves to be near me, lying at my feet and sleeping next to me at the head of the bed. She loves her walks and biscuits. And I love the good feeling it gives me knowing that she'll have a loving home in her 'golden years'.:) She came from a rather bad background, then was adopted out... and then brought back to the rescue. Lady said she couldn't climb her stairs. I live in a two story house and she climbs my stairs just fine - a little slowly but she can do it.

And it gives me the best feeling in my heart knowing she's out of danger now and living in her forever home. If I had a bigger house and more money I'd have a couple more dogs.:) I love rescue dogs. Giving them a chance at a good life is a wonderful thing and does as much for us as it does for them.:)

MsJax 03-11-2012 10:53 AM

nevermind, was trying to post a pic. No luck. Deleted.


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