Ok,,,,,,,quick question,,,,,,,,,,,,my hubby and I took our two b's for a walk in the woods today (BEAUTIFUL day here in Ohio!!!) and it should have been enjoyable but,,,,,,,,they would not quit pulling! Falling leaves, a roaming squirrel, the wind,,,,,,,,they wanted to chase it all!!! It is cute at first but can become frustrating after a while,,,,,,,anyway,,,,,,,I checked out some of the older threads on leash training and have a dillema. We have decided to get a gentle lead but we dont know if the head collar or the gentle lead harness is better for B's. We have tried our friends head collar (the one that goes over the head) and our smaller B Bella slipped out of it,,,,,,,,but the other dog was bigger so it may have just been to big,,,,,,,,,,has this happened to any of you? Which do you think is better the head collar or the harness??????
I have purchased about every collar and harness. The Black Dog head collar worked best for me. (I bought it from a distributor in my area - but I still had to drive a ways to get it.) Duke hates the head collar, and anything that goes on his head, BUT I can walk with him. Otherwise, he's a nut and it's just plain crazy trying to take him for a walk. With all the obedience training, he'll do almost everything perfectly well, except heel - loose leash! :mad: That is what I wanted him to do most. Ahhh well - he's still a youngster. I'm not giving up. . .
Well, Gentle Leader makes a head halter that I prefer over the Halti. I haven't tried any of the other head halters. As far as body harnesses, I prefer the Sensible (or Sensation) harness. It attaches the leash at the front, instead of the back, which keeps the dog from being able to gain leverage to pull….a lot of dogs like the body harness better than the head halter, so they respond better. If you use the Sensible harness it is important to fit it correctly, and to attach the leash clip to the ring in front of the harness AND to the dog's regular neck collar, this keeps it from sliding on the dog's body too much.
We got the Gentle Leader harness and love it!!! It helped tame Cooper's bad habits from being in a shelter, and it is impossible for him to get out of (and he's gotten out of a lot of harnesses and collars!).
Working at PetSmart, I know that both the Gentle Leader headcollar and harness are popular, but you will see instant results with the harness. The headcollar, on the other hand, takes some time for dogs to get used to. It's also harder to fit.
Premier (the manufacturer of both) is really great with customer service. They will talk you through fitting their products over the phone. They also will trade in your existing harness for a half-size (or replace broken ones), just for a shipping and handling fee of less than $6. You can't find the half-sizes in stores, so that's really neat. We got our new harness back within a week.
When I first started leash training our pup he pulled like crazy (still does at times). I tried the gentle lead collar and it worked. The only thing is that you can't leave it on him because he will find a way to chew through it. He will paw his face until he gets it off…BUT while walking him he does great. I don't use it all the time because IMO the dog needs to learn not to pull. We alternate between a regular leash and the "head gear".