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User Topic: Gentle leader for dogs...opinions, pointers?
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Default  Posted: 8:32 PM, March 13th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

underthug, I got all excited there for a second because the spray bottle sounded like it might work to keep my Lab off the counters and the table. He is RELENTLESS about jumping up. Then I remembered that the only thing he loves more than food is water. All water. He begs for showers, swims in his water dish, splashes in puddles. Back to the drawing board for me.

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Default  Posted: 11:15 AM, March 14th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

meta, have you tried the canned air sensor devices that are usually sold for keeping cats off counters? My dog's just as scared of a blast of air as my cats, so it works with him, too, and the pets don't come to associate it with me like if I had a squirt bottle in my hand. And it's just air.

Edited to add: I am another owner of an on-leash-horror dog. I keep trying the positive approach of giving treats before he goes ballistic, but really all it takes is for my dog to get the slightest hint there's another dog or person in any visible direction, and he's already over the threshold and in full Tazmanian Devil mode. I have surgery coming up and the thing that has me most concerned is trying to walk him in the weeks post-op when I'm not supposed to do anything like vacuum or mop -- in other words, no arm pulling by the dog on the leash either.

Okay, just ordered a GL - it's about $11 on amazon w/prime, hard to argue with that even if it's a total bust.

[This message edited by ISPIFFD at 11:46 AM, March 14th (Friday)]

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Good luck ISPIFFD. Make sure you watch the instructional DVD (or read the directions) before you try it .

Take up your space (and do it well).

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Default  Posted: 3:50 PM, March 14th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

The easy walk harness was recommended to me by a friend that raises and shows mastiffs - said it was better than gentle leader because it doesn't strain the head and the dogs don't fight it.
This harness is wonderful! Got 2 rescue dogs at the same time; one is afraid of everything and everyone, so tries to get away and hide. The other is lease aggressive toward other dogs and loves people so goes toward everyone. So trying to walk them was like being in a tug of war! With these harnesses I can control both at the same time and everyone enjoys the walk!

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Default  Posted: 4:38 PM, March 14th (Friday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

DS tried the harness on his rescue pitbull mix who had leash aggression towards other dogs (and was a complete sweetheart in the house) and it did nothing to help the problem. Then he tried the Gentle Leader collar and it made a huge difference.

I guess it depends on the dog.

ETA My dog fought it the first few times I used it. Now that I'm using it consistently he's getting used to it. The thing is, when he starts to pull he stops because of the way it controls his head.

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