|Barked: Sun Dec 2, '12 11:04pm PST |
|I have tried a gentle leader and whilst they can produce a beautiful loose leash walk without any real effort, I would never, ever use one in a crowded place with a dog who lunges. With the required tightness of the head strap, the possibility for injury is very obvious.
Jackson wags his tail when I bring out his martingale, and appears appalled when mister leader comes out ... it's really enough for me. He has been correctly conditioned to it, wears it without pawing or drama, but he really does not like it. His tail sits low when we walk. I only use it late at night to practice heel work in our street. After the focus training we did in it, he did much better in his back clip harness, my favourite tool, and we rarely play around with it now.
They need to be used correctly, and with two leads if out and about, as Tyler says. I only used one lead for training but two are really essential for any serious outside world work.
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