I have grown up around dogs for as long as I can remember. When I decided to start dog sitting part time through Rover.com, I did not really expect to see anything new or gain any great insight about dogs. I thought that my extensive experience through my childhood had thoroughly exposed me to most parts of the dog owner world. However, my first dog sitting job involved a pair of dogs on gentle leaders, which is a specific type of dog leash that I had never noticed or used before. Gentle leaders are a specific type of leash that loops around a dog’s muzzle and then wraps around the back of the head. After dog sitting several more times for the same pair of dogs, I have come to appreciate these leashes and am really surprised that they are not more popular in local dog owner circles.
The advantages of a gentle leader come from the fact that the leash has two points of contact with the dog’s head. The loop around the muzzle and neck help to control the entire head of a dog instead of just tugging on their neck like a traditional dog collar and leash. Control of the head is vital to controlling a dog because you can manipulate what the dog is looking at. It is hard to get a dog to stop tugging on a leash with a traditional collar, choke chain, or a harness because he or she can maintain eye contact with whatever they find interesting. However, with a gentle leader a dog owner or dog sitter can focus the dog’s eyes ahead or on them to regain control of the situation. Another great aspect of walking a dog with a gentle leader is that it forces dogs to heel automatically. As soon as a dog starts to create tension on a gentle leader it rotates their head to the side of the owner and forces them to slow down. After a few walks the dog learns the right distance to walk in front of the dog owner or dog sitter to prevent this from happening and suddenly, there is no more leash tugging. Do you use a gentle leader with your dogs? If not what is your reasoning?
NOTE: Rover.com is not selling these leashes! These pictures just clearly show how the gentle leader works on a dog’s face.
Post by Roverlutionary Danny