sweet_ceana Posted October 25, 2007 Report Share Posted October 25, 2007 Ceana is not the best on leash and will pull before she pottys, if she knows we are going to play frisbee, she pulls down stairs, and if there is another dog in the vicinity. She has a pretty good "leave it" and when I say it she drops her interest in whatever she is sniffing, barking, or lunging at, but she still has some pulling issues. Even worse sometimes for no apparent reason she will tuck her tail between her legs and become fearful on walks. One of the girls at work's mom has a fearful dog and has similar problems. She has been using the gentle leader and has had a lot of success so when I went to the vet last night to pick up some heartguard I saw that they carried the gentle leader and then I picked one up. For those unfirmiliar it has a loop high on the nose and puts pressure to the back of the head instead of the front of the neck like a typical leash. If you pull ever so slightly it turns the dog's head sideways as a correction. We watched the instructional DVD (lol I wanted to make sure I knew exactly what I was doing), tried to make wearing it fun by balencing the loop on her nose while giving her treats. LOL we sized it fine and she had a good time with the treats but as soon as we strapped her in she was PO-ed! We went on our first walk with it and she did fairly well. She seemed much more relaxed once she got the hang of it and not once did she tuck her tail in fear. We haven't had such a nice walk since she was itty bitty and would follow us around without a leash. The idea is that the leash lets a fearful dog relax because of the amount of control you have over them. They do not need to worry or be scared because they let you take complete control. What I know about this method is from the DVd and my friend's mom so it is most likely not the full picture. Does anyone have any experience with the gentle leader or does anyone know of any negative consequences that I am not aware of? Before we fully commit to it I want to make sure I am not going to naively cause more problems. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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