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Enjoying a good relationship with your dog means being able to take the dog for a walk and having it heel. Unfortunately, many dogs have learned to pull on the lead, which is tiring for you, uncomfortable to it, and could potentially be dangerous if the dog is too large and powerful. However, don't despair if you have an older dog that has learned bad habits, as it's never too late to retrain a dog to walk calmly on the leash without pulling. You simply need time, patience, and an understanding of what motivates your dog to learn and follow commands.
When your dog pulls, the Gentle Leader gently moves his head and body back towards you. This effectively refocuses his attention back to you and off the distraction. Unlike a muzzle, the nose loop gently moves your dog's head when he pulls, while still allowing him to pant and bark. The collar sits high on your dog's neck without putting pressure on the throat.
The Gentle Leader is perfect for keeping your dog under control for everything from daily walks to vet visits. And you can easily train your dog to heel using the Gentle Leader plus your preferred training method. Once your dog has learned to let you lead walks, you may only need to use the Gentle Leader occasionally.
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Most dogs learn very quickly that they must sit while the leash is being attached to the collar. They usually tremble with excitement, ready to explode into a frenzy as soon as this phase is accomplished. If your dog bolts toward the door, dragging you behind, then the situation is still out of control. Simply hold onto the leash, stand still and let your dog dance, ricochet and bounce around at the end of the leash. It may take 5 minutes or more, but she will soon realize that you are not going anywhere and will begin to calm down. When this happens, praise her for being good. After another minute or so, take your first step, but NOT towards the door. Instead, walk your dog around your house, garage or yard to give her a chance to practice her 'not-pulling' skills. Every time she pulls, lunges or strains on the leash, simply stand still again. When she calms down, talk to her, praise her calmly and quietly. Try to keep her attention on yourself instead of the door that leads to outside. When you feel that your dog is in control and she is walking nicely without pulling in your house or yard, then it is time to proceed to the great outdoors.Just a really neat device. It's a major part of Rick and Ronnie's Silent Command System. It's a key part to it. If you are using that system to train your dog, I highly recommend that you get a Wonder Lead.This is the Delmar Smith Wonder Lead. It's the best money you are ever going to spend for training a dog. It's made out of what's called piggin' string, which is a cowboy thing. It's a real stiff rope. It's used to teach a dog mainly to heel. The idea behind it is that you've got this rubber stopper, and that when the dog is where he's supposed to be it's going to loosen up on him.I need to start with a word of caution: There is no way to guarantee the safety of your dog off leash. I would like to think that if we trained hard enough, or long enough, or with the right methods, that we could overcome all of the risks, that our dogs really could be completely reliable and safe. But the fact is that when dogs are off leash in an unsecured area, there will always be a chance that their instincts or desires will lead them into the path of danger. In addition, our environment is often unpredictable. When dogs are off leash, there is the chance of a sudden bang, an unexpected animal, or something else that may frighten or harm our dogs.