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Old 10-26-2004, 12:53 PM
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Default Gentle Leader . . . Schmentle Leader

Calvin, my 60+ lb. Rhodesian Ridgeback/Chow mix made minced meat out of the Gentle Leader after a couple of days. If I could have gotten the thing to stay on him, it would have worked, but the minute he saw another dog/cat/human, he yanked out of it so fast I got whiplash. Thirty bucks down the drain, if you ask me.
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Old 10-26-2004, 03:22 PM
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Leather collars don't work for me, because Beulah will pull and pull until that leather stretches, and her head pulls out of it. I use the prong collar also. No problems here.
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Old 10-26-2004, 05:04 PM
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Thanks again for the great input!
RedHotDobe- I've actually been to the leerburg site before and used it to help me decide on what size/how to fit a prong for my family's dog max...before I found that site (and did some other research) I thought that prongs were *inhumane*, I'm glad that I put some effort into learning otherwise

I've never heard of CVI before, so I'll have to do some reading on that as well. Did you read that the gentle leaders weren't good for dogs with CVI on a website? If so, I'd love to have that link.

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Old 10-26-2004, 08:27 PM
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I've actually been to the leerburg site before and used it to help me decide on what size/how to fit a prong for my family's dog max...before I found that site (and did some other research) I thought that prongs were *inhumane*, I'm glad that I put some effort into learning otherwise
That's exactly what I thought! I thought they were some sort of evil torture device used to force dogs to obey commmands, and boy was I wrong! As soon as I learned more about them and was taught how to size them correctly, I went out and purchased one for Duke. And for the Dobe that aspires to be a future sled puller, it's a real help. I really want to get a metal martingale though to try and wean him off it. He'll pull like heck when he only has his regular collar on.

And I just asked for good websites explaining the risks of gentle leaders and Dobes, so I'll post them as soon as I get a reply.
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Old 10-26-2004, 10:09 PM
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Okay, there's no evidence linking gentle leaders and CVI, and there's also NOTHING about Dobermans and gentle leaders in general. I searched through tons of pages of results, and came up with nothing. I kept searching in hopes I would find something, but there really is nothing.
Here's the only semi-helpful things I stumbled across.
http://www.neilsnet.com/archives/collars/collars.shtml
http://www.collegehillpetclinic.com/...*Death*In*Dogs
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