Friday, 28 February 2014

Sepia Sibe-Vibe!

    
Hi everyone! 
Glad you have come to catch the vibe with us today!

We are also joining our good pal Ruckus the Eskie in his Sepia Saturday blog hop!
So link up and share some great sepia shots with the world! 
Pop on over to Ruckus' blog and feel free to hit a few others as well!



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**



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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 !!

Eureka !

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!
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*Koda* Ugh, I am so ashamed. (Sigh)             Sepia!



Well that does it for the vibe this week. 
Hope you enjoyed!

♥husky hugz♥


✴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.
Thank you✴




50 comments:

  1. I am so glad that you found something that works! Bentley wears a harness because he has a sensitive neck and likes to follow scents! He will pull if he is in a collar. Your pictures are great!

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    1. Thank you Melissa! I'm glad to! I was actually shocked at how well it works!

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  2. now you just need a smaller one,xx Rachel

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    1. Exactly!!! She will need a size small. She has such a tiny nose!

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  3. Interesting post! We are glad you found something that works for your dawgy! Shame you couldn't have unlinked this with the PPP hop too… oh well, maybe next time!

    Have a PAWsome weekend guys!

    Earl and I.

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    1. Oh Earl!!! I totally forgot about the PPP!!!! My apologies!

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  4. This IS an interesting post as I had heard of these Gentle Leaders, but wasn't quite sure how they worked! Thank you for the education!! Happy Sepia Saturday! xo

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    1. Yep, and they come in extra small sizes to for your little pups!
      Works wonders! Thanks for coming!

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  5. I'm glad you found something that works for you :)

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  6. Hi Y'all,

    I have one but when my Human tries to put it on me before I get out of the car I can make her live miserable. I also soon learned that by makin' my neck rigid and leaning into the halter I could drag her around as if I was a horse! I like the collar and leash better and rarely really pull and I readily accept corrections. Since I weigh in at a strong 100 lbs my Human seems to have forgotten about that halter thingy.

    Glad it's workin' for you,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. haha! Well to each their own!
      I honestly did not think it was going to work when I first bought it, I just didn't know what else to try. But it has been working so well!

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  7. Great review and beautiful pictures. We sell the gentle leader at work and a number of our day care dogs come in with one on.

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    1. Nice! I know a lot of people I talked to before said it worked wonders. But I never tried it myself till a week or so ago. I am so glad I did! I just hope it works as well for Lexus when I get one her size!

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  8. We found something similar for the Lab in our family - it certainly makes a difference, doesn't it!

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    1. Yes it does! Thats for sure!
      Glad you found something that works also!

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  9. I wore my gentle leader on the way to the dog run once and a doggy mommy looked at me like I was evil =( But her doggy liked me just fine! =)

    I wore it for walkies in Central Park and I was super good even though there were a billion tempting things to chase! But I like to paw it off if I have been wearing it for a long time.

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    1. Yep, Koda has pawed it off a few times also! But it did work for you? I'm glad! I think it's fab!!
      That is the main reason I didn't want to get it, it sort of looks fierce, but it is not at all! People need to not judge without knowing, but if that were to happen, the world would be a different place!!! thanks for coming by!

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  10. Love the gentle lead! Glad it works for you!

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  11. Thanks Kristen! I love it to!
    Happy weekend!

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  12. Amazing pics once again and great info.

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  13. Sam & Buddy used to wear a halti but they've gotten older and now use a front lead harness. Sam took his halti off more times than we could count so Jan was glad it also clipped to his collar.

    We - especially Rusty - would like to thank you for the lovely birthday card you made Rusty.

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    1. Your very welcome! Glad he enjoyed it ;)

      The clip to the collar is a life saver thats for sure!
      He hasn't tried to paw it off recently, i think he is getting well used to it now.
      Thanks for coming by!

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  14. I need to look into one of those for Hailey. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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    1. Your welcome! If you do get one, and would like to hear some more tips, let me know! I'd be happy to help!

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  15. Well, being cats, we don't know much about this. But Koda, we think you're cute! :)

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  16. Mom has used Gentle Leaders for years. Ciara and Lightning still wear one because Mom has bones that break easily if she falls. Phantom is a good walker as was Thunder. Ciara is fine if she walks alone with Mom but when she is with Lightning, they compete to see who can be first:)

    And yes, we always get the question - are those muzzles? Do your dogs bark?

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. I know :( but they work though and that's the important thing! I'm glad they work for you guys to!!

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  17. Whoa! He looks evil in that 3rd picture. I always feel sad for dogs with those things around their snout. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Aw! Its not so bad though! Its not tight on his nose or anything like that.
      He does look evil in that pic, your right! Haha!
      Have a good weekend yourself :)

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  18. I use a gentle leader on Neeko at times, but neither of my boys will tolerate it.

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    1. Haha! No eh?
      Ah well at least you can use it on Neeko! BOL!!!

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    2. Hmm I don't think my comment went through. Wanted to say thanks for sharing your sibe vibe on Sepia Saturday. I like the new banner you have for it. Also good info on the gentle ease. The little bursts of sepia throughout the post is cute.

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    3. Glad you like it thanks Ruckus!!!!
      Thanks for the compliment on the banner!
      have a great day!

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  19. Thanks fur visiting.
    Great work with training. Dads sisfur does rescue of small breeds and does zero training. Yes it is that bad, maybe worse. Both Dogs and Cats need love and training. Just most do not know that cats do respond well when the correct training is used.
    Purrs
    Timmy

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    1. Yes they do your right! And thank you for coming by as well!

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  20. Ma just got the Gentle Leader for me to try! She loved that it came with the dvd and stuff. We are hoping it helps me pay more attention to walking and Ma instead of all the things I react to!
    *Cairn cuddles*
    Oz

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    1. It truly does! Im so glad you have one to try out as well!!!!
      Just remember it takes time for them to get used to it. And putting it on them in the house periodically throughout the day really helps! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask!

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  21. I do wear such a collar when I am walking my mom. She is very happy for it, and I walk so nicely without pulling at all. Have a great day.

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    1. I actually just noticed that in your blog post the other day! And might In say, you look fabulous it it to!

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  22. Kobi was SUCH a puller, and we tried every harness contraption they had out there to slow him down. Nothing worked until the gentle leader. He could still pull just a little bit but nothing like he did before that. Eventually as he got older we didn't need to use it anymore. I'd put it in my pocket just in case though.
    He used to try to look so pitiful when we put it on him though...lol....he would squint up one eye and try to look tortured. My elderly neighbors thought we were so mean! But we knew he was just being melodramatic and it wasn't hurting him in anyway. Once in a while when we weren't paying attention he'd rub his face on the ground and get it off so that safety feature is definitely a good thing!
    I'm so glad it's working for you and Koda too!!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. I know right?|! It works wonders!
      Koda does the eye squint thing once and a while also!
      People do tend to look at me like i am cruel. Haha! But truly, it fits well, and loose and does no harm whatsoever. So meh, let em think what they wanna! BOL!

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    2. Great post. I've never tried a gentle leader but I just might need to! Loved your pictures. Your babies are beautiful!

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    3. Thank you very much!!! If you do try it and you have any questions, just let me know! I'd be happy to help!
      They work great when used properly, and by giving time for them to get used to it.

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  23. Yow dat gnetle harness lookz grrrreat! me poochie furend Sadie Mae haz one butt she iz alwayz rubbin da ground tryin to get it off...
    She iz an English Foxhound n kinda woudn up...altho she iz gettin bettur as she getz a bit older...
    Mum sayz she not haz those kind of harnessez when she had her Husky/Mallie oochie Bogart Sam...so she had to use 2 collerz n 2 leeshez to walk him....me finkz he waz da one walkin her! ;)
    Yer furendz Nylablue n Sherriellen Mum xoxo

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    1. Thanks for coming by guys!
      Yea, huskies seem to have a preference of walking us instead of vice versa haha!

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