I have a few questions about getting a Gentle Leader for our dog. Looking for answers and firsthand experiences.
, the half-pug half-beagle (i.e. hungry nose on legs) pulls during her walks. She's really, really
food motivated so she'll beeline for food laying on the ground and being consistent about not letting her have it has done exactly jack shit. On the plus side, she's really good at picking out "food" front "not food." On the minus side, if she eats so much as a bread crust during the walk, she spends the rest of it with her nose glued to the ground and pulling.
Our vet, who is a really amazingly great vet, suggested a Gentle Leader. I have a few questions:
-Is the only one out there the brand-name Gentle Leader one? Or is there a generic name that I can't find? (If so, is there one better than the brand-name one?)
-Is there a way to make it look less like a muzzle? Do they make one that looks less like a muzzle? We live in a Hasidic neighborhood and basically Hasidic Jews' opinion of dogs ranges from "distaste" to "mortal terror" and many of the adults and kids don't know how to behave around a dog and freak out, which makes her curious and attentive (food? hugs?) which freaks them out more and etc. People are already backing themselves into fences and guarding their children/siblings now, so I can only imagine what'll happen if I'm leading around a dog with what looks like a muzzle. The whole point of the thing will be defeated if it freaks out the neighborhood.
-How can I tell if she's uncomfortable with it to the extent that she shouldn't have it on? She is an annoyingly delicate little flower and easily irritated (in the 'skin irritation' sense.) I know being led by the face won't be the most delightful thing for her, but I want to stop using it before she ends up with blisters
Any other tips, hints, whatever welcome too.