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Gentle Leader Acclimation

You and your dog will be able to relax more in class with the Gentle Leader, but only if you take the time to introduce it slowly.

  • Start at Level 1. Move to the next Level when the Success Criteria is met.

  • The next day, start at the level you completed the previous day.

  • It is important that you show a positive attitude about the Gentle Leader because your dog will follow your lead. Gentle Leaders are WONDERFUL because they keep your dog and you safe on walks.

  • If you're worried that your dog is getting too many treats, remember that each one is very small, no bigger than a pea.

LEVEL 1

  1. Show the Gentle Leader to your dog.

  2. Give them 10 treats, one at a time (not all at once).

  3. Hide the Gentle Leader for 30-60 seconds.

Success Criteria

Repeat 3 times, giving 10 treats each time (total of 30 treats)

LEVEL 2

  1. Hold the nose loop of the Gentle Leader open.

  2. Hold a treat at the opening so that your dog will stick their nose through the loop to eat the treat.

  3. If your dog goes around the loop instead of through, don't feed the treat. Hold it closer to the opening.

  4. Do this 3 times, then hide the Gentle Leader for 30-60 seconds, then repeat the steps .

Success Criteria

Repeat 3 times, giving 10 treats each time (total of 30 treats)

LEVEL 3

  1. Same as level 2 but this time, let the Gentle Leader sit on the dog's nose while you feed the treat

  2. Feed the treat high enough that they don't dip their head and drop the GL.

Success Criteria

Repeat 3 times, giving 10 treats each time (total of 30 treats)

LEVEL 4

  1. Repeat level 2 but this time, hold the collar piece around their neck (do not snap it closed) while you feed the treat

Success Criteria

Repeat 3 times, giving 10 treats each time (total of 30 treats)

LEVEL 5

  1. Repeat level 2 but this time, snap the collar piece closed while you feed the treat

Success Criteria

Repeat 3 times, giving 10 treats each time (total of 30 treats)

LEVEL 6

  1. Adjust the collar to fit correctly. The nose piece should come to the start of your dog's nose and not go further. The collar clips at the highest part of your dog's neck, and only 2 flat fingers will fit underneath.

  2. Start putting the collar on while your dog eats. Be sure to supervise so they don't chew the dangly part. It can help to clip that part to a regular collar with a carabiner while they eat.Take it off as soon as they are done eating.

  3. Attach a leash and play with your dog (Fetch, tug, etc) for a few minutes. Take it off when done.

Success Criteria

Your dog wears their Gentle Leader 5-10 minutes per day for a couple of weeks

LEVEL 7

  1. Put the Gentle Leader on your dog when doing homework

  2. Put the Gentle Leader on your dog every time you take them for a walk. 

Success Criteria

Your dog gets excited when they see the Gentle Leader because it means walks or fun training.