Each Gentle Leader Headcollar comes with a 45 minute instructional DVD.
Do not jerk or pull your dog with the Gentle Leader. Jerking or pulling your dog with any leash or collar can result in injury. Please be gentle when working with your dog. If your dog does not show a nearly immediate response to the Gentle Leader it means either it is not adjusted properly or your dog is not a good candidate for this training tool. Our motto: First do no harm.
The Gentle Leader headcollar is not a muzzle. The Gentle Leader headcollar offers a fast, gentle and effective way to control unwanted behavior without harsh methods or devices. Because it's designed to work with your dog's natural instincts, behavior changes in minutes, not weeks. Always use under adult supervision.
NOTE: A leash is not included with the Gentle Leader. We have matching leashes.
Made in Taiwan
Please note, the nose strap on the Gentle Leader Headcollar is 3/8 inch wide. They do not come in a different width.
|Gentle Leader Sizing Recommendations|
|Size||Dog Weight||Item #|
< 5 lbs.
> 130 lbs.
|Blaze Orange||Hot Pink|
|THE PROPER FIT - AN ABSOLUTE MUST!
(reprinted by permission)
|The Gentle Leader fits differently than other collars or halters you may have used before! Without a proper fit, you may experience unnecessary problems - excessive pawing, rubbing and resistance, or chafing of the nose. The Nose Loop needs to be as loose and comfortable as possible, moving freely from just in front of the eyes to the beginning of the fleshy part of the nose - but NOT so loose that it can come off. The proper fit of the Nose Loop is totally dependent on the proper fit of the Neck Strap, which must be high at the very top of the neck (touching the skull) and very snug (only one finger barely squeezes underneath) so that it cannot rotate. (If the Neck Strap rotates, so will the Nose Loop, which may cause chafing of the skin.) When properly fitted and viewed from the side, Gentle Leader will resemble a "V" for "Victory"!, not an "L" for "Loser."|
The Neck Strap MUST:
This is the MOST important part of the entire fitting process! It is different than other collars you may be used to, but does not cause discomfort to your dog. (To better understand, push against the very top of your throat above your Adam's apple; now use the same pressure below your Adam's apple - notice that pressure above is not uncomfortable, but pressure below is!) Please resist the temptation to make the Neck Strap loose - if you loosen it, either your dog will be able to paw the Nose Loop off, or you will wind up making the Nose Loop too tight or the Nose Loop will rotate causing discomfort.
Why it Works
Why and How the Gentle Leader Headcollar Works
(reprinted by permission)
First of all, the Gentle Leader headcollar is NOT a muzzle. When fitted properly, your dog is free to open his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch, bark and even bite - except when you close his mouth by pulling on the leash.
The Gentle Leader headcollar features two soft nylon straps - the collar portion fits high at the top of the neck, and the nose loop fits loosely and comfortably across the base of the muzzle. Each strap has a distinct and important effect.
The Nose Loop - Dogs are naturally "pack" animals with a highly structured social order. One of the ways the "pack leader" will demonstrate his position is to gently but firmly grasp a subordinate's muzzle in his mouth. This is a non-aggressive but very clear signal regarding who's the boss! The Gentle Leader's nose loop encircles your dog's muzzle in this same manner, letting him know in his own language that you are his leader. Dogs feel more secure when they know who the leader is.
The Neck Strap - Have you noticed how puppies seem to melt in relaxation when their mother picks them up at the back of the neck? Gentle Leader applies pressure to the back of the neck rather than the front of the throat, working with your dog's natural relaxation instinct with an amazing calming effect. Also, dogs tend to pull against pressure so the gentle pressure at the back of the neck causes the dog to pull backward, not forward. This means an end to leash-pulling forever!
Teaches "Sit" - The Gentle Leader headcollar quickly encourages controlled sitting - raise your dog's nose skyward and he lowers his hindquarters - no pushing or shoving.
Stops Pulling & Lunging - No more tug-of-war, jerking, or being dragged down the street - even children and the elderly can walk large or difficult dogs.
Won't Choke - Gentle Leader ® gives you control with humane restraint - pressure is applied at the back of the neck instead of the front of the throat.
Prevents Jumping - Easily stop jumping and other unwanted behavior as the Gentle Leader Headcollar helps you control your dog in a "stand", "sit" or "down" position.
Not a Muzzle - When fitted properly, your dog may open his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch and bark - except when you pull on the leash to close his mouth.
Controls Barking - Stop unwanted barking with a simple pull of the lead to close your dog's mouth - no need to shout or scold.
Aggression Problems - Under the supervision of a professional trainer, veterinarian or behavior consultant, and when used appropriately, Gentle Leader can be very effective for aggression problems.
If the Premier item you purchased at SitStay.com has any sort of accidental damage or hardware failure, including chewage, you can exchange it for that same item as long as we still carry it online. Return the item with a money order or cash of $8.00 per item (Nebraska residents add 7% tax) . We will ship you a brand new product. (sorry, we don't take credit cards for this exchange.) This guarantee does not include items that are simply dirty, outgrown or lost.