The Nose Loop - Dogs are naturally "pack" animals with a highly structured social order. One of the ways the "pack leader" will demonstrate his position is to gently but firmly grasp a subordinate's muzzle in his mouth. This is a non-aggressive, very clear signal regarding who's the boss! The Gentle Leader's nose loop encircles your dog's muzzle in this same manner, letting him know in his own language that you are his leader. Dogs feel more secure when they know who the leader is.
The Neck Strap - Have you noticed how puppies seem to melt in relaxation when their mother picks them up at the back of the neck? Gentle Leader applies pressure to the back of the neck rather than the front of the throat, working with your dog's natural relaxation instinct with an amazing calming effect. Also, dogs tend to pull against pressure so the gentle pressure at the back of the neck causes the dog to pull backward, not forward. This means an end to leash pulling forever!
Teaches "Sit" - The Gentle Leader Headcollar quickly encourages controlled sitting - raise your dog's nose skyward and he lowers his hindquarters - no pushing or shoving.
I have a 125 lb. Newfoundland Mix. She is normally very well-behaved...except on walks with other dogs around. She would 'WIN' every time we passed a dog. With the Gentle Leader, she instantly behaved...NO MORE PULLING me towards other dogs she wanted to meet. It is just like a horse bridle that guides the animal's muzzle. So, if you have a dog that is a 'small horse' like my Gypsy....I highly recommend the Gentle Leader...you will love your walks or runs as much as your furry friend does.
EXCEPT the collar has a inherent flaw. I am now on my sixth pair (I walk two dogs) and all have developed the same wear problem. The "Slide Adjustment" that assists in fitting the head collar to your dogs snout size creates a friction point. Over a 4 to 5 week period the "canvas strap" starts to fray and unravel at the point where the slide adustment is "locked" in place. This in turn weakens the collor to the point that where the collar strap can (and did) snap/break.
So glad we got it!
I was getting so annoyed with him, I'd cut short our walks. Finally I got a gentle leader for him, and it has been the best thing ever. When he pulls it bothers him, not me, and I am happy to walk him. He rarely pulls with it on, though.
We walk our dogs 3 times a day and our male is no problem anymore with the gentle leader. He's better without the gentle leader too.