Join Date: Jul 2010
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 141 Post(s)
Thanked 4,153 Times in 1,910 Posts
I would not put a Gentle leader on a dog that is prone to lunge or pulls hard unexpectedly, there is a very real risk of injury to the dog's neck, when the dog hits the end of the leash. That is a lot of forward motion to be coming to a sudden stop. A front clip harness is a far safer way to go, and it will make it easier to manage her, should she surprise you.
Congrats! Bless you for taking in this girl. She needs some time to settle in, although she may seem like she is 'right at home', being rehomed is stressful for a dog and she needs time to understand the change in her life. Start building your relationship at home, keep her on leash or a long line, even if you have a fenced yard, in case she should decide to 'run', for a least a couple of weeks. (I was involved with a rescue, and there were foster homes have lost dogs by not taking this precaution). The best way to inhibit chasing is teaching her to pay attention to you and obedience training, a solid foundation in the basics, sit, down, stay, recall and loose leash walking as well as 'leave it' will help to manage this issue long term. 'Prey drive' is instinctive for most dogs, some will display it more than others, teach her to use her 'drive' by teaching her to retrieve, a ball, or toy or whatever. It will help to satisfy the urge to chase and is great exercise as well.
'Don't pity the rescue dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side.'