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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone! Okay, so KoDa is almost 7 months and he's just TERRIBLE at pulling. Especially when he's excited. I've tried the gentle leader dog harness but it seems like it's encouraging him to pull even more. So i'm thinking of trying the gentle leader headcollar. What are your guys' thoughts about it and how did you guys like it? Thanks guys!!
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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 10:25 PM
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Re: Gentle Leader

we have the head collar- and can't walk Moose any other way! He's either off leash, or wearing the gentle leader head collar. What a difference!! Definitely try it, Moose pulls like MAD when he's on a simple collar and leash...I can't take him out. But with the Gentle Leader on I can walk him alongside my double side-by-side stroller with no problem at all.

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post #3 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-15-2010, 10:41 PM
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Koda sounds exactly like Darwin :P. Same age, same walking deal! We started using the gentle leader too, and it has helped us, or, mostly my shoulder. When he does pull though, I stop moving, and call him back to me - praise when he does so, and continue moving again. He is definitely more manageable with it.

One thing I found when we started using it, was that it rubbed some of the hair off his nose. We waited for it to heal mostly, then I bought moleskin and applied it to the part that rests on his nose. That has helped a lot!
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 07:28 AM
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Archie is almost a year old & is a different dog as soon as I put the gentle leader headcollar on. No pulling & calms him down. We also put it on him when we were in a dog friendly pub (that we were staying overnight in). We lost count of the amount of people coming up to us saying how well behaved he was. I didnt tell them that he is actually a hyper mad little rascal.
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post #5 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 09:40 AM
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We can only walk Catan with the gentle lead on. It's very good for calming him down as well. If we have company coming over the gentle lead goes on, especially if they have young children.

Right now Catan is still recovering from shoulder surgery and has spent much of the past month with the lead on. He's not allowed exercise of any kind including running around the house or walking up the stairs. The gentle lead has saved us and his shoulder over the past month.
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post #6 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Gentle Leader

Nice! This was soooo helpful. A friend at the dog park said KoDa looks like he'd be a size Large. Does this go for your guys' V's as well?
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post #7 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 09:23 AM
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A large might be too big. I believe we had bought Catan a large and had to return it for a medium. Catan's very tall at almost 26 inches but he's very thin. Not sure if this helps.
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Darwin has a medium as well
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post #9 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 12:45 PM
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Has anyone used the gentle leader harness vs. the gentle leader head collar? I think you are all talking about the head collar. I looked at the head collar, but having never seen one in use it just doesn't look like something I would want to put on my dog. I'm thinking I probably need to be convinced otherwise :P Do you guys consider the head collar to be more effective for a Vizsla?

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post #10 of 25 (permalink) Old 12-17-2010, 03:37 PM
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Sorry, I've only ever used the head harness style. They will find it uncomfortable at first but will get accustom to it. I do know that everyone in the house was experiencing shoulder pain before we got the gentle lead.
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