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So today on the vibe, I will be covering a new discovery of mine.
Not a new product, but something I have been using for about a week now with great success!
Do you have a dog who pulls on their Leash?
So much that it even hurts your hand?
Pay attention, because this product was the answer to all my prayers!
Huskies pull. It is what they were bred to do!
So you can imagine trying to train a husky to walk with a loose leash, they tend to put their bodies into it, get low -ish to the ground, and pull pull pull!!!
Gentle leader head harness.
I always passed this by, every single time I looked at a harness for pulling.
The reason is, it just looks so flimsy and small, and I wasn't convinced it would work.
Other people swore by it though.
I've tried at least 5 different types of harnesses.
All to try and help with pulling.
None worked. Of course.
Mika and Koda pull, but not to an extreme amount that it hurts my hands.
Lexus on the other hand . . .
BUT the gentle lead I bought was a bit to big for Lexus' little nose, so I tried it out on Koda.
**Let me be clear about something however. Training your dog is obviously the best way to help them stop pulling. When I use this harness, I also keep treats in my hand, and use my heal command often. This harness simply helps him focus his attention on me, rather then pulling**
Here you can see that there is a safety strap that clips onto the collar, in case it should come off his nose, this way the leash is still attached to him.
And thank dog for this strap because he managed to paw it off his nose a few times in the first couple days!!
So it clips around the back of his head, goes around his nose, and the leash clips underneath his chin.
One other reason I never even looked twice at this product before is that to me, it looks like a muzzle. And I did not want people to think my dogs weren't friendly or they were unapproachable.
But it does not act as a muzzle at all, Koda can still open his mouth all the way, sniff, eat snow, and do all the things he likes to do. Unless he pulls.
Training tips for the gentle lead :
Koda did not like this one bit when I first put it on him.
He pawed at it, flicked his head around etc. . .
But that was to be expected.
I put it on him a few times in the house, just so he could get a little more comfortable wearing it.
Then before using it outside in a place I knew he will be exited, I attached the leash to it in the house. I led him back and forth and back and forth, giving him treats and praise the whole time. He did well.
I did this for about 2 days.
Now it was time to bring it outside.
I started in the yard.
When he got to the end of the leash, and it pulled on his nose, he flicked his head a few times, looked at me like "what the heck is this???"
And I gave him treats and praise, told him its ok and walked around the yard with him.
Next day it was time to test it on the road.
He did pretty good!
Again, he flicked his head around etc. . .
BUT the one thing he was not doing, was pulling !!
It works ! !
Now its one week later and he is doing fantastic with the lead!
For the first block or maybe two, he still flicks his head a few times, but then he stops, and walks beautifully!!!
It is a pleasure walking without all the pulling!
Keep in mind, it takes time for them to get used to having something on their nose.
But the main thing a dog wants to do on a walk, is walk forward!
And with the gentle lead, if they pull, it pulls on their nose, which would turn them completely around if they don't choose to slow down!
Please take a moment to watch this video I made of Koda sporting his gentle lead head harness!
*Koda* Ugh, I am so ashamed. (Sigh) Sepia!
Well that does it for the vibe this week.
Hope you enjoyed!
✴Please note, I did not receive anything for doing this review. This is simply a product I purchased and wanted to share the results with you.
The opinions and tips on this post are mine and mine alone.