Gentle Leader Harness Dog: When walking your dog, there are several collar and harness options to choose from.
When walking your dog, the collar or harness you choose can make a big difference in
how enjoyable the experience is for both you and your canine companion! While there
are numerous variations, we will focus on three basic styles from which to choose in
this article. Traditional collars, traditional harnesses, and the original Gentle
Leader Halter are the three options.
Traditional collars are a good way to keep your dog’s identification if he gets lost.
I don’t think it’s a good idea to walk your dog with a leash attached to his collar. I
enjoy putting myself in my dog’s shoes… how would it feel to put a collar around my
neck and be pulled or led in that direction? Furthermore, as a dog gets older, the
upper part of his spine toward the neck area can become arthritic, and it is a weak
point in the spinal structure in many dogs. It is not a good idea to put stress on
this area by walking your dog with a collar on.
Walking your dog with a traditional harness is preferable to walking with a collar. Of
course, you’ll have to train your dog to wear the harness. This can be viewed as a fun
activity for both of you. “Get dressed,” we would say to our dog, and she would lift
her paw and put it into the harness to put it on. The problem with a traditional
harness is that if your dog pulls, this version of the harness won’t fix or change
The Gentle Leader harness was one of the first versions of harnesses to address dogs
that pull and are hard to control when walking, and it was introduced over a decade
ago. The basic idea is to connect the collar area to the dog’s snout so that if he
pulls, his focus does not go forward, causing him to gently pull you away from him. In
the last few years, this type of harness has undergone numerous changes. All of them
are meant to help dogs who pull and are hard to control when on a leash change their
behavior in a kind and gentle way.
As you can see, when walking your best friend, you have options. Both the needs and
age of the dog, as well as the needs and age of the pet parent, should be considered
when choosing a method and product!