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Getting Your Dog Adjusted to a Gentle Leader

No this is not a muzzle. …Nor is it a bridle (any horse people out there?). The PetSafe Gentle Leader head harness can be great for many dogs, helping them stay by your side without pulling your arm out of its socket; it works! While this is not the be-all-end-all solution for dog walking, this certainly has helped in many cases of strong pullers. Says the company, “The Gentle Leader headcollar fits securely over your dog’s nose. The nose loop redirects his head towards you when he pulls forward, preventing pulling and giving you his full attention.”  

  1. Ozzie wears the harness as a typical collar, leaving off the nose loop, getting used to having it on his neck (shouldn’t be difficult, considering he wears a collar 24/7 anyway).
  2. Putting the nose loop over Ozzie’s nose once he seems relaxed and has burned off some steam. Give him treats while slipping on the nose loop, to help ease the transition. Notice that leash is attached to his regular chest harness, so he’s learning the feeling of the nose loop at a comfortable pace.
  3. NOT a fan at first, once the Gentle Leader harness is put to use … He appreciates having his leash clipped back onto the chest harness every few minutes, as a break.
  4. But wait, there are treats involved? That changes things! The stinkier/tastier the treats, the better.
  5. Ozzie begins to accept the feeling of the harness on his face.
  6. Yeah, he gets it. Done!


Main image: Foster Dogs NYC representative Ozzie; photos are a photo diary of his training process, and were taken in real-time sequence.

This is not an advertisement, and the author did not receive compensation for this article. It is simply an endorsement for a good product, simple as that!

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