Ok, so it’s no secret that I’m very actively involved with All Border Collie Rescue. One of the great benefits of volunteering for a dog rescue is that we can often get stuff for our personal dogs and fosters through the group at discounted costs. I’ve taken advantage of this a time or two. Thundershirts, kongs and this time a Gentle Leader. Boring? Maybe… but this little gem, in my opinion, is just about the best thing since sliced bread! I received my gentle leader on Sunday and tested it out for the first time yesterday when I took Maverick to my secret field that I discovered.
The transformation was instantaneous. Sure he didn’t love having that strap over his face. He rubbed up against me a few times, which i didn’t mind, because I thought it was cute. Lots of head shaking. After a few minutes, though, that was mostly gone. I cannot tell you how amazingly he walked with this lead on. It’s not that Maverick was ever a major puller or anything like that, but with this, his leash was loose the WHOLE walk!
If you are interested in trying this out, I do suggest doing some desentizing at first, although it’s probably not 100% necessary. Take the time to read the instructions and make sure you fit it as it says to. Put it on and feed your dog treats. Associate it with good things. He’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly!
Does anyone else use these regularly? How do you like it?