Sunday, April 20, 2008

Best pet product ever!


Now that spring has sprung, we've been trying to get Allie out for walks as much as possible. It's been frustrating though, because it's like we have to re-train her on how to walk nicely on a leash (a skill she's never fully mastered). The beagle in her has her following whatever scent comes her way, and she spends the entire walk weaving back and forth, tripping up anyone who is accompanying her. Passing other pedestrians and especially other dogs has always been a challenge. Fortunately she's never been a barker, but she's so social that she always pulls like crazy, making it nearly impossible to control her. We've watched "The Dog Whisperer" and have tried several of Ceasar's techniques, but have found it difficult to cure her of this behavior. Until today. Earlier this week I took a trip to Petco to purchase a "Gentle Leader."


We have never taken an easier walk with Allie until today. Right from the moment we walked out the front door there was a marked difference. After only about a minute, she had adjusted to the fact that she could no longer pull and control us. Because of the position of the leash on the collar, she was forced to walk in the direction we chose, so she gave up trying. She calmly walked right beside us and there was slack in the leash the entire walk. We knew the true test would be walking by other dogs and people. That has never been easier. She clearly was more alert and interested in them, but did not fight to get closer. I was utterly amazed.

So for all you dog owners out there, if walking your dog stresses you out like it did us, I HIGHLY recommend this product! (End of commercial :-) )

7 comments:

Jillayne said...

I used this with my dog. It's AMAZING! I especially loved the big button that comes with it that says, "This is NOT a muzzle!!"

Doreen said...

Where's the picture of Allie with the collar on?????

TheGaffords said...

I didn't take one:-) But I can guarantee she would have been well behaved for the picture! Maybe I'll have to take one the next time just for you Doreen! :-)

matt and joelle said...

we got a new puppy- suppose to be for zach, yeah, well guess how that is working out! Terrible walker, maybe you should get commission on this? Ill let you know how it works for us. Oh Puppys name is Kasey.

Halls said...

What are the costs of these? We got the sister to the Mabey's puppy and she isn't a good walker or a good anything at this point....lol but I keep telling myself she is a puppy while I stress out over her. She rules the house that is for sure!!!!

TheGaffords said...

It cost $20, but is worth a whole lot more!

Trina said...

I totally meant to tell you that Allie was a completely different dog when she was with me because of this! She's SO well behaved now. Great job!