Gentle Leader w/ Plastic Clip Buckle, X-Large


$ 10.14

Brand Premier

  • X-Large: for dogs 130 pounds or more
  • Stop lunging and pulling
  • Comes with instructional DVD
  • Available in many colors
  • Not a muzzle
  • 3/8 inch nose strap
  • Also available in a metal buckle if you don't like plastic
  • Leash not included
Yes you can go for a walk without getting your arm pulled out of its socket. In our opinion the Gentle Leader is a wonderful tool to help you train your dog to walk on a loose lead...not as a fix for life. It is not for every dog or every person!If the Gentle Leader is adjusted properly you should see nearly instant results with your dog. Perfect fit of the Gentle Leader is a MUST! see the tab titled "Fitting" to learn how the collar fits on your dog's head.

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.

Brand: Premier
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.
5-25 lbs.
25-60 lbs.
60-130 lbs.
> 130 lbs.



Black   Black Green   Green
Blaze Orange   Blaze Orange Hot Pink   Hot Pink
Brown   Brown Ice Blue   Ice Blue
Deep Purple   Deep Purple Red   Red
Fawn   Fawn Royal Blue   Royal Blue
Silver   Silver Raspberry   Raspberry



(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."
Correctly fitted collar Incorrectly fitted collar

The Neck Strap MUST:

  1. Be positioned as high on the neck as possible, directly behind the ears and touching the base of the skull in back, and above the Adam's apple in front.
  2. Not be able to rotate around neck.
  3. Fit very snugly at top of neck so that you can barely squeeze only one finger underneath, like a belt, watchband or shoe.

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.

The Nose Loop should:

  • Be loose and comfortable so that your dog can freely open his mouth (even fetch a ball!).
  • Be able to move freely from just in front of eyes to beginning of the fleshy (wet) part of nose.
  • Rest behind the corners of mouth.
  • Not be so loose that it can be pulled off over the nose (after snap clamp is adjusted).

Throughout the fitting process and during initial use of the Gentle Leader®, motivate and encourage your dog with praise and special tasty treats. If your dog is especially wiggly, have someone help you by feeding treats while you fit and adjust.
1. Attach leash to Control Ring. (Fig. A) Collar pieces
2. Open Neck Strap and hold one end in each hand. Nose Loop and leash should hang down, like the letter (T). (Fig. B) Open neck strap
3. Prefit Neck Strap high on the neck touching base of skull in back, with Center Bar Ring in the niche just above the Adam's apple in front. Center Bar Ring should be parallel to neck, not the underside of jawbone. (Fig. C-1) Neck Strap must be snug so that only one finger can squeeze under it, and it cannot rotate around neck. Gently grasp skin at back of neck and pull downward toward shoulders, while at the same time holding Neck Strap against base of skull - this pulls any excess skin or coat from under the Neck Strap, improving the fit. Check again to be sure that only one finger can barely squeeze under Neck Strap, and tighten if needed. (Fig. C-2) Notice that even though the Neck Strap fits much more snugly than other collars, your dog is comfortable, able to easily pant and shows no signs of distress. Give him a treat and see for yourself that he acts as if nothing is even there! (If using "Buckle"-style Neck Strap, mark the appropriate hole for future reference.) Pre-fit neck strap
4. Take Neck Strap off your dog. Slide Adjustable Snap Clamp down to Control Ring (as in Fig. A). (To open, lift tab with thumb, dime or key; to close press tab until it snaps into locked position. The snap is designed to lock firmly into place and not loosen - therefore, it requires a bit of pressure to open and close.). Adjustable snap clamp
5. Pull Nose Loop up through Center Bar Ring. (Fig. D) Nose loop
6. With dog at your side or between your legs, hold Nose Loop open. Reach under dog's head to place Nose Loop onto base of muzzle (Fig. E-1), and give a treat to keep him occupied. Snap Neck Strap high on neck at its prefitted position. (Fig E-2) (Some people find that taking a few moments to gently "massage" their dog's muzzle and cheeks prior to putting on the Nose Loop may help him more quickly accept the new sensation.)
Adjust nose loop Final fit
7. Make final adjustment to Nose Loop. It should be behind corners of mouth and loose enough to pull forward to fleshy part of nose, but not so loose that it can be pulled entirely off muzzle. Slide snap clamp up or down to adjust (Fig. F-1). With thumb and index finger, pinch Nose Loop underneath snap clamp, temporarily holding it from moving. Test size of Nose Loop by pulling it forward as far as it will go (Fig. F-2). When it touches the beginning of the fleshy part of the nose, but is not so loose that you can pull it off, close the snap clamp by pressing down on the tab - you'll hear a snap as it locks.
Final adjustment Testing the loop
When your dog has reached full growth, you can remove any excess length of Neck Strap. With the Gentle Leader® off your dog, cut the end of the strap with scissors and use a match or lighter flame to seal the cut edge and prevent fraying.
CAUTION: Follow instructions carefully when fitting and using on Bulldogs and other breeds with genetically limited airways or flat noses. It is typical for these dogs to frequently experience breathing difficulties when exercising or under stress because of their physically limited airways. If their usual breathing difficulties increase when wearing the headcollar, immediately discontinue and consult your veterinarian.


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 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.