Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Central Florida
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My puppy training class as well as my vet recommended the Gentle Leader. And for all 10 of the other dogs in the class, it worked GREAT! Not so much for Cassie. Her jumping actually became 10x worse when she was wearing it. We couldn't even go 100 feet walking.
On the recommendation of my neighbor, I got a cheap doggie backpack for Cassie. The INSTANT I put it on her, her behavior did a 180. She went from super brat to pretty princess. While on walks, she no longer pulls. When she sees people, she used to just bolt for them. Now, she restrains herself. (mind you, the tail still goes 100mph)
The Gentle Leader was like $15 at my vet, so although it didn't work for Cassie, I didn't feel that I wasted any money. The backpack was $25 through Amazon. I had originally gotten a cheap model to try out the concept before I got a more expensive model. But honestly, I don't see the need to get the $80 versions. Now that would be a waste of money.
On a side note... in regards to the sounds... awhile ago, Cassie was having some gastrointestinal distress, and was rather flatulent. VERY flatulent. So one time, we were playing, and I made a fake farting noise, and she just stopped what she was doing, and instantly came over and became all doting. She jumped in my lap, and was actually shaking, as if she was worried that I had whatever she had just gone through, and was concerned that I had felt as bad as she must have. Poor thing. It was the funniest and cutest thing ever, but I felt so bad that she was so worried.