Why and How
the Gentle Leader® Head Collar Works
First of all, the Gentle Leader® Head Collar is NOT a
muzzle. When fitted properly, your dog is free to open
his mouth to eat, drink, pant, fetch, bark and even bite
- except when you close his mouth by pulling on the
The Gentle Leader® Head Collar features two soft nylon
straps - the collar portion fits high at the top of the
neck, and the nose loop fits loosely and comfortably
across the base of the muzzle. Each strap has a distinct
and important effect.
The Nose Loop
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
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!