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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Well I was at the hardware store and they had Gentle Leader headcollars (they are a confused hardware store, also sell grocery items), so I went ahead and picked one up. Hopefully it fits. Should find out soon!

Hopefully I can get it on before Kobi eats it.
 

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Think gentle leader must be the same as a halti here in england works a treat but makes me smile when I put it on my viszla bean as the she gives me this sad look as if to say "that's right rob me of my spirit)
 

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I use a martingale on my pup. 2 pops and he is at my side. I have difficulty telling people to go with the gentle leader because it is hard to walk them when all they want to do is get it off. It takes time for them to get used to it. I know a girl I work with was teaching a dog to walk nicely on the halti and I watched with horror as the dog almost got whip lash. She would run and then stop suddenly and they dog just whisked around on the halti (she is now fired). I stay away from it when I can. A lot of people seem to think the pinch is bad but I am a fan, maybe not for a viszla though. I used to have my golden on one. He will wear the gentle leader now because he knows the command leave it.
 

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We used the gentle lead harness, and it didn't work at all. We basically take them and run both of them off leash to get their excersize now. It is miserable to walk the 20 month old on a leash. Great article, we will definately try the gentle lead head collar.
 

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The gentle leader headcollar has been a lifesaver for us. It is obviously great for walking as there is no more being dragged down the street by a crazy V, but also for calming our V down when she is excited or out of control while in the house. As soon as the collar goes on she calms right down and becomes a different dog completely. It is great for when guests are coming over so we know that she won't be jumping all over them. While she does put on her best, "you are so mean, I hate this thing" sad face, it has really been a great training tool for us. Sometimes when she is ripping around the house or jumping on us all we have to do is show her the collar and she knows we mean business and that she has to settle down.

We started using it when she was about 5 months old and she is now 10 months. She wears a size medium and there is a lot of space for it to expand as she grows. I would definitely think size large would be too big for a V. I was also able to find a tan coloured one at Petsmart which blends in nicely with her coat and doesn't stand out as much as a black one would.

Thankfully, unlike our Australian Cattle Dog, she hasn't figured out yet how to get it off by using her nails and pulling down like he has.
 

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My husband and I started using the gentle leader head collar because Riley would pull so much, but when we went to puppy class our instructor said only to use that device as the last resort. So we have been using the "easy walk" with the buckle in the front of the chest and it works better than the head collar. The instructor also taught us to start saying "heel" and to give little treats when the V is by your side and I seriously thought that Riley would never get this, but with time it has definately paid off! My husband can walk him by his side without a leash and say "heel" until he is released....it's amazing.
 

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Has anyone had a problem with the fit of a Gentle Leader? Specifically the neck piece. I know it is supposed to be significantly tight and be behind the ears, but it still tends to slip down to the middle of his neck. We have a 4 month old V and he is still getting used to this type of lead, but it does eliminate all pulling that we experienced with the standard neck collar.
 

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I don't know what we would do without the gentle leader. We started Ruby on it at around 4-5 months old. She is 11 months now and use it for walks and even when we have visitors. She hated it at first and now she tolerates. She has such a tiny head so we have the medium and it fits but has a lot of extra slack.
 
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