|Barked: Sun Nov 27, '05 6:04pm PST |
|Yes, I do use the light colored GL for Nolte and it blends in fairly well, but I still get the muzzle comments. LOL.
With guide dogs, the GL is used in combination with the training collar, and the GL is never used for correction. Our leashes are designed to be used in two positions... short loop (working leash) and long lead (play leash). The leash has a series of snaps that enable us to switch it from the long lead to the short lead.
When we use a GL, one end of the leash is attached to the GL ring under the chin, and the other end is attached to the training collar (choke collar). The harness is the mode of communication between dog and person... holding the handle (which is rigid steel covered in leather) allows us to feel the dog's movements thru the harness. But the harness is not used as correction, the leash and collar are.
When working Nolte I have my hand on the handle of the harness, and the leash (in the short style) looped around my wrist. this way if he makes a mistake I can drop the handle and have the leash in my hand to give a correction. He rarely needs leash correction, though. He responds so well to verbal.
If I'm using the GL, the leash is held in the same way, only one end is attached to the GL, the other to the collar. If he gets distracted by other animals, I simply use my other hand to give him a little nudge away from the distraction with the GL. He's so in tune to the GL now that I don't even need to have the leash attached to it... just having it on his muzzle lets him know he needs to behave.
I've added a couple pix to Nolte's page that show the leash in it's normal work style (attached to his collar) and also with his GL on. Hope you can get a good visual idea of how it works.
We've always been told that corrections should never be done using the GL, as a quick snap on the lead could cause problems with the dog's neck or hurt the muzzle. It's only used as a gentle reminder (which is why it's called a Gentle Leader). Even the literature that comes with the product advises that it not be used as the main means of controlling a dog... one end of the leash should be on the collar, for corrections, and the other end on the GL for control of the head.
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