Some dogs can be quite stubborn when on a leash, requiring you to exert excessive force to lead your pet.
Traditional collars and leashes can put unnecessary strain on the dog's neck and can cause injuries and choking.
An excellent alternative is the gentle leader head collar.
The gentle leader is more humane and is easier to use to control your dog, especially if it's a large breed.
The gentle leader consists of a traditional collar attached to a loop that fits around the dog's muzzle.
It can be used on puppies as well as adult dogs.
It works much like a bridle does on a horse by controlling where the dog's head points.
Where the dog points, it will go.
A gentle tug is all that's required to get the dog to respond.
In the beginning, the dog will probably not like the gentle leader and will try to remove it by rubbing on the ground.
This is simply because the dog is unused to the device and not because it is hurting him in any way.
The first step in becoming proficient in using the device is to lead the dog around in circles with your dog to the outside.
You will quickly see how easy it is to get your dog to follow your lead.
Your dog will try to resist at first but will have no choice but to follow, with only a gentle tug being necessary.
As with a leash, never apply excessive force to the leader or a hard jerk.
This too can injure the dog's neck.
Gentle leaders are especially good at controlling big dogs.
Once they are comfortable using it, even a small child can easily lead a large dog without struggling.
This makes an excellent tool to teach children about dog training.
The gentle leader does not interfere with the dog's mouth.
They can still drink and grab their toys.
You only need to ensure that you have the proper size for your breed of dog.
Conversely, it shouldn't be used as a muzzle to prevent dogs from biting.
To make your dog less likely to resist the leader, only put it on them just before going for a walk.
The dog will quickly associate the leader with going for a walk and will be eager to let you put in on him.