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I have used a head collar on my dog also, the gentle leader, IMO is the worst of the headcollars, because of this (not my dog).....



If it isn't fitted properly it will totally shut down a dog, it can sensitize the dog's muzzle as it will become a choke point for energy. Like a child uses its hands and gestures to communicate energy, a dog uses its muzzle and jaws to move energy.

As I said above I used a headcollar (Dogmatic which is way better design) but it did not teach him not to pull, but it did give me some sense of control over a very large dog - I used the headcollar together with a harness or collar. What did teach my dog not to pull was "pushing". Pushing also resolved dog, cyclist, skateboarder, jogger and stroller reactivity.

https://naturaldogtraining.com/blog/how-i-developed-the-pushing-technique/

I can now walk a close to 200 lb dog with just a flat collar or a regular harness.
 
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