Follow the Leader

As puppies will be, mine is curious about everything. When we walk, he wants to jump up on the people he sees, run ahead and see that leaf that just moved, and play with every dog whose path he crosses at all costs. Needing to control him better and break him of those habits, I just got the Gentle Leader. Advertised as a “highly effective way to stop your dog from pulling, lunging and jumping,” the Leader is every bit of that. I was skeptical at first, but it really does curtail all of those things, and now the only time there’s pulling at the leash is when bladder bursting is imminent.

There has been one side effect to the Leader that I didn’t count on: People we encounter think Follow the Leaderit’s a muzzle, and that my dog bites.

“Is that to keep him from biting?” and “Why do you have that muzzle on him?” are common questions. A woman freaked out and hid behind her man when we got on the elevator to take our morning walk, and her man told her “He’s not gonna bite you. That’s why he’s got that thing on his face.” Most of the time I correct people, but as I was convinced that that was the only thing stopping that woman from wetting herself, I let it go.

I don’t really get it. You see the leader here, and clearly it’s too far back on the face of the dog to keep it from opening its mouth. Still, people see something on a dog’s face and it’s automatically a muzzle. The only people who can identify it are dog people, and most of the time those who know what it is identify it by name.

So let’s review…

This is a muzzle:Follow the Leader

This is not:Follow the Leader

Know the difference.

One Response

  1. Hmmm I can see where it could be perceived to be muzzle-esque. But I also can see where it would be useful. So it’s been working well?

    It has. He hated it at first, but now he’s used to it. A dog needs the proper facial structure to use it though. I’m not sure if Dixie has the nose.

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