Anyone have any experience with Halit's or Gentle leaders? I want to buy one for my daughters dog, she is a lab/boxer and somewhere in her blood is great dane...I can just see it. She is the most loving dog, but she pulls terrible on the leash. She not only pulls so hard it hurts...but she is constantly choking herself. If anybody has any suggestions or comments they would be greatly appreciated...Thanks
I used the easy walk harness for my guy when he was younger. It clips to the leash in the front of the chest so he could no longer "dig in" to pull. Worked immediately.
Many dogs detest the strap over the muzzle, some so much they spend all their time trying to paw it off.
Much better (IMO) is the Gentle Leader "Easy Walk". It does take some adjusting and re-adjusting, sometimes over a week, to get the best fit but it is much better tolerated and works just as effectively as the head harness.
I bought & used both. Puff didn't like (but tolerated) the Gentle Leader head harness. Despite my leaving the over the muzzle strap loose, it "aged" her fur under it to a colorless gray.
I switched to the Easy Walk.
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
I use the easy walk harness and it works wonders.
The easywalk sounds similar to the sensation harness. It self corrects the dog when it pulls by pulling the front legs to the side. I used this for my dogs and it worked very well.
This is the one I used:
SENSE-ation Dog Harness, Dog Training Equipment | Softouch Concepts, Inc.
Thanks guys for all your help....
Bob, that's what I was afraid of, her pawing at her nose constantly.
I am def going to look into the Easy Walk harness. Thanks a bunch for your suggestions
I got a easy walk for each of my boys. Unfortunately they don't fit very well on them, just make sure you fit the harness really well
Hunter & Chrome
I like the Sens-ations better than the easy walk - the martingale loop at the front of the EW slides too much and allows the leash to snag the front legs. Compare the two on your dogs, and make sure to get help fitting and sizing the harness - if they're not fitted properly they don't work, and can chafe and irritate the dog's belly/chest/"armpits"
I used a Gentle leader with Sammi with none of the problems mentioned above- maybe Sammi is the rare dog, but it worked well for us while I needed it. Now at the age of almost 5 if she gets really excited I might wish I had it, but otherwise she does great on her lead.