This items description is very accurate but let me reiterate a few things. My dogs CAN breathe properly, chew, drink, pant and yawn with the Gentle Leader on. It is not a muzzle or restraint. It simply keeps the control of the leash and walk in proper position. It is completely humane and "gentle". It actually puts less pressure on the dogs neck than a choke. It stays in place and makes it possible for my little wife to walk two 80lb dogs by herself. We noticed a change in walk immediately. As GDS says the dogs had a kind of "what the heck is this on my face" reaction and then quickly adjusted. Leash corrections take almost no pressure at all and make the walk experience better for us and the dogs. They are also not in perfect sync and walking position, right by our side and not out ahead of us. Excellent product and excellent customer service from GDS again. The Gentle Leader works.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 3000 Reviewed: 2012-02-18
"It is easy to install and remove, and we plan to get one for our other dog as well."
We previously used another nose leader type collar, and my dog appears to prefer the gentle leader. She is reactive when she meets other dogs, so we were concerned that she might slip out of the collar with her thrashing around. But the collar stays in place, and we have not lost her yet. It is easy to install and remove, and we plan to get one for our other dog as well.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 7092 Reviewed: 2014-01-05
I could not be more impressed with this product. I have a one year old Black Lab who is very eager to go, which means he practically drags me when we go for walks. I have a slipped vertebrae in my back, so it makes it hard for me to handle him. After the very first time trying this, and I can tell you I was very skeptical...I was AMAZED!! The Gentle Leader is not only humane, easy to use and affordable, but it works. He went from pulling me down the street to walking directly beside me from day one. He pawed at it at first, but for less than a minute, and then he was fine with it. I still cannot believe how well it works. I would recommend this to anyone having problems with their dog on a leash.
Product Rating: 5 out of 5-stars. Review ID: 10107 Reviewed: 2014-04-18
Temporarily sold out of Small Red, Large Red, and Large Black. Backordered with the manufacturer. The manufacturer does not have a set arrival date at this time. We will update our webpage once we are given a tentative arrival date. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Gentle Leader by Premier is not a muzzle, it's a "head collar." It immediately eliminates pulling on the leash -- when you steer your dog's nose, you steer his entire body. It's a positive, no-pain option for controlling your dog.
Dogs of all sizes pull on standard collars and harnesses due to a natural instinct to pull against pressure. The Gentle Leader Headcollar's unique design counters that instinct in two ways:
Pressure is applied to the back of the neck (rather than the front) reducing your dog's drive to pull forward.
It works like a halter on a horse -- where the nose goes, the body will follow.
Headcollars do not include a nameplate.
Not a muzzle -- when fitted properly your dog can open his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch, and bark
Has an adjustable nose loop for a custom fit
Won't choke -- pressure is applied at the back of the neck vs. the front of the throat
Won't come off -- no need for safety straps or double-leashing
Converts to a regular collar for greater flexibility
Can be used with dogs 8 weeks of age or older
Can be worn up to 18 hours per day
Available in 5 colors: Black, Bright Orange, Purple, Red, and Royal Blue
Small -- less than 25 lbs
Medium -- 25-60 lbs
Large -- 60-130 lbs
X-Large -- above 130 lbs
Leash not included
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.
The Neck Strap MUST:
Be positioned as high on the neck as possible, directly behind ears and touching base of skull in back, and above Adam's apple in front.
Not be able to rotate around neck.
Fit very snugly at top of neck so that you can barely squeeze only one finger underneath, like a belt, watch band or shoe. This is the MOST important part of the entire fitting process! 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.
Be able to move freely from just in front of eyes to beginning of the 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).
CAUTION: A dog needs to open his mouth to pant/breathe during physical activity or stress. DO NOT keep a constant pull on the leash for more than about 20-30 seconds. Your dog will be able to open his mouth as needed when there is no tension on the leash.
When properly fitted and viewed from the side, Gentle Leader will resemble a "V" for "Victory!", NOT an "L" for "Too Loose."
Throughout the fitting process and during initial use of Gentle Leader, motivate and encourage your dog with praise and special tasty treats. If your dog is especially wiggly, have someone help by feeding treats while you fit and adjust.
1. Attach leash to Control Ring.
2. Open Neck Strap and hold one end in each hand. Nose Loop and leash should hang down, like the letter "T".
3. Pre-fit 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 the neck, not the underside of jawbone. 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 Neck Strap, improving the fit. Check again to be sure that only one finger can barely squeeze under Neck Strap, and tighten if needed. 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.)
4. Take Neck Strap off your dog. Slide Adjustable Snap Clamp down to Control Ring. (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 slip; therefore, it requires a bit of pressure to open and close.)
5. Pull Nose Loop up through Center Bar Ring.
6. With dog at your side or between your legs, hold Nose Loop open. Reach under dog's head to slip Nose Loop onto base of your dog's muzzle and give a treat to keep him occupied. Snap Neck Strap high on neck at its pre-fitted position. (Some people find that taking a few moments gently "massage" their dog's muzzle and cheeks prior to putting on Nose Loop may help him more quickly accept the new sensation.)
7. Make final adjustment to Nose Loop. It should be behind corners of mouth and loose enough to pull forward to wet part of nose, but not so loose that it can be pulled entirely off muzzle. Slide snap clamp up or down to adjust. With thumb and index finger, pinch Nose Loop underneath snap clamp, temp. holding it from moving. Test size of Nose Loop by pulling it forward as far as it will go. When it touches beginning of wet part of nose, but is not so loose that you can pull it off, close snap clamp by pressing down on tab - you'll hear a snap as it locks.
The First Few Minutes:
Gentle Leader has been nicknamed the "10-minute Attitude Adjuster" because many dogs respond with a dramatic change in behavior in less than 10 minutes. If positive results take longer, it is almost always due to improper fit; lack of a strongly motivating reward; and/or failure to release ALL the tension on the leash the instant the dog does what you want.
It may take your dog several minutes to adjust to the new sensation of the Gentle Leader. As soon as you have completed fitting, we recommend that you:
Immediately encourage your dog to walk at your side for 5 or 6 steps
Then sit (reward with treat or praise)
Walk and sit again
Repeat 5 to 10 times or until your dog walks and sits quietly under control
Your dog may resist by pawing at the Nose Loop. Remember that he is not in pain, he is simply resisting the new message telling him he is no longer in control. Don't try to "comfort" your dog with petting or soothing phrases. If you do this while he is resisting you'll be reinforcing unwanted behavior. Save your praise and stroking for when he is no longer resisting and is calmly walking, sitting, or standing.