Do You Recommend Gentle Lead Devices?
No. Gentle leaders can slip off at the worst possible time. Additionally, they don't get a corrective signal to the dog to let them know what they're doing is unacceptable behavior. If you're not sending corrective signals, the dog won't recognize your action as a correction and will only become more confused. Gentle leaders also put a lot of pressure on the dog's neck, which can lead to discomfort or even injury.
Alternatives to Gentle Leaders
There are many different types of corrective collars available that are much safer and more effective than gentle leaders. A choker chain or prong collar, for example, provides a clear signal to the dog that they are doing something wrong, and they will quickly learn not to pull on the leash again. These collars may seem a little harsh, but with proper use, they are safe and very effective.
When it comes to walking your dog, always use a collar and leash that is appropriate for your dog's size and breed. Be sure to use a collar that fits well and is comfortable, and don't be afraid to ask for help from a professional trainer if you're not sure what type of leash and collar would be best for your dog.
So, in conclusion, there are better, more reliable options out there. Choose one that will keep your dog safe and under control. Remember, the safest option for both you and your dog is a well-trained dog who knows basic obedience commands.
If you're ready to take the next step with your dog training, sign up for The Beacon Dog Academy. We offer a variety of obedience instructional videos that will help you and your furry friend learn the basics and become the best of friends.