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How To Use A Gentle Leader Head Collar – Professional Dog Training Tips

We will sometimes suggest that a student uses a gentle leader head collar with their dog. Unfortunately, there are a few misconceptions about the gentle leader. It can be a really useful head collar for a dog who needs to be calmer, pulls too much on walks, or generally is too large or strong for their human to take them for walks safely! This collar comes in several different sizes and is adjustable so you can fit it perfectly on your dog. In this video, we'll talk about how to fit a gentle leader, as well as how to put a gentle leader on your dog. Instructor Steve Walsh will also talk about how to use your gentle leader so it doesn't cause any discomfort when you're using it with your four-legged family member.

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34 thoughts on “How To Use A Gentle Leader Head Collar – Professional Dog Training Tips”

  1. Thank you. Nice video. I will try this in my Great Dane. He is just turned 7 Months and walking became difficult as he pulls and gets zoomies sometimes. I’m 5’2″ and 100lbs. He is Over 100lbs and taller than me when standing in his strands. So imagine me flying like a kite. 😂

    1. Amanda Healy I guess all his dreams can’t come true anymore. He probably thought he could use you as a kite but when you were coming back down he would just catch. Poor Great Dane. Buttt if you ever decide to stop using the gentle leader and he decides to pull you and make you fly like a kite. Make sure to have someone record it and send it to me. I sure would have so fun looking at that

  2. Thank you for this, I have to give it a try for my husky shepherd mix. She looks more shepherd but that husky pull mode is very ingrained in her. And I LOVE your pup, Irish Wolfhounds are one of my favorite breeds! ❤

  3. Just got one last week for my American bulldog who has dragged me off my feet many times it got to the point where I couldn’t walk him myself always had to have my partner with me. Tonight we went for our first solo walk saw three dogs and absolutely no pulling. I am actually enjoying walking my dog again.

    1. @Hanna A Same here! I just bought one and have been slowly introducing it to him. My lab is 1.5 years old, though and I am worried that I started too late. He paws at it a lot (once that starts, I distract him with a treat and then remove it – not sure if this is the best idea?), but I am hoping he becomes comfortable with it soon so I can enjoy our walks again.

    2. Really, I recently got one for my border collie he is so energetic he runs everywhere. So in really hoping that I will only have to use this for abit then be able to go back to his harness haha

    3. @Ryan Francis It went well after a while. Problem is my husband did not really like to use it, and without consistency it just didn’t work for us. 🙁 I’m sure with some consistency, discipline, and proper intro it would have worked. I took about 1-2 weeks to intro it for a walk around the block.

    4. @Megan Partington I got one for a 6 yr old Lab who is a puller/lunger. I dog sit him infrequently for a few days to a few weeks and it has worked wonders.

  4. This video was so helpful. I had watched a couple others, but one of them rushed through what to do with the clip at the end. “Forming a T” was the biggest aid of all. I got it right the first time after watching this video. You helped save a dog sitter today! Thank you so much. 🙂

  5. Very good to hear from specialists how to use the gentle leader properly, but you have chosen a very calm dog as an example, which makes it too easy. It would be good to see how it works in a dog that actually pulls a lot and goes crazy when confronted with distractions… It’s the case with my dog. I tried the first time yesterday with the gentle leader using the instructions from your video, which worked out really well. But when we met another dog, she went crazy and due to the gentle leader it looked like I had a wild horse on a leash. I didn’t know exactly how to manage that. =/

    1. Jorge Buratti whenever our dog goes crazy and overstimulated with the sight of another dog we turn her right around to get her away from in until she calms down a bit, work with distance and reward the calm behaviour. Our dog grew up on a farm and many of the neighbors dogs would visit and she was fine with them, and was socialized with puppies and dogs when she was small. Have no idea what happened, she goes crazy seeing another dog in the city so we’re in the same boat pal tell me if you find something that works better

  6. This was amazing! I bought one but my dog is a stubborn basset puppy and at 50lbs at 6 months old he pulled me off my feet. I initially had it too tight around the face and he was fighting and thrashing. Once I loosened it up like this video said he was perfectly happy for the most part!

    1. @JustMe Whereever prong collar. my standard poodle is the same and now i can take him every where. from home depot to basspro

    2. Arthur Behrman I used a head halter with a 6 yr old Lab who was a puller and went completely crazy when he saw another dog. It was amazing how quickly he changed. He is now a joy to walk.
      I only pet sit him occasionally and he is a different dog.

  7. My 3 year old Pitbull used to never be able to go one walks because of her pulling issue. After she got comfortable with it on her face it was like she was a whole different dog on walks. Lina loves it!

  8. This has me feeling confident in using the Gentle Leader. I have a 1 1/5yo Siberian Husky who knows some commands but still having to work on her pulling, jumping etc. Thanks guys!

  9. Had my first session with a GL, it was awesome! I trained my pup to like having it on before going on any walks. Baby steps! Our first walk was a world of a difference, and I rewarded her every time she didn’t resist it

  10. My corgi is a nightmare to walk. She will basically choke herself for the duration of our walk, try to chase cars, people and other dogs. We just tried the gentle leader for the first time tonight and it worked out really well! She pawed at it a couple times to get it off, but over all, she did way better than I expected her too. No pulling at all. She’s a fast learner, so I have hope.

    1. Anastasija Stojkovska

      I want to buy this leash because my dog is the same like yours but I’m scared that he will hurt somehow

  11. I had a 80 lb half Chow half lab mix. Within 5 minutes of wearing this collar she went for walks without any trouble. She was a strong willed dog too

  12. I feel you forgot to stress the most important rule: Never pull around on these things. You can seriously hurt your dog’s mouth. When they pull, stop, let the leash tighten and wait. Your dog will come back to you to release the pressure. This goes for all kinds of these, also Haltis. And if you have a wild child, stand still too, they will calm down eventually. But also be aware that they can slip out of it. Then it might be best to remove yourself from the situation for a moment.

  13. Thanks for the video. My lab has never walked good, I’ve tried just about everything, she’s very willful! I tried the gentle leaders and wow, I’m amazed how she’s doing. Took a few adjustments to get it just right and after two days of walking I’m sold! She’s starting to get use to it on her nose as she likes to walk. I’d recommend this to anyone who has a hard time getting there dog to walk with you. Simply, it works!

  14. This has been so amazing for my great dane Lucius. I inherited him from his owner while she was on hospice from cancer. She loved him so much, but she had been sick with undiagnosed cancer from the time she got him as a Christmas present and never trained him at all. The first time I put him on a leash on the 4 hour drive home he nearly killed us both dragging me onto a very busy interstate. We’ve had great success and today was his first public outing using just a normal collar!

  15. Just used this for our blue heeler. Typically pulls ALL the time. This recent walk was 30 minutes, NO PULLING. He got lots of treats and was a calm dog the entire time!

  16. I had a two year old rescue who had trouble just learning to move forward during a walk. I bought the Gentle Leader and what a wonderful difference it made! Highly recommend it!

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