Salsa has her Gentle Leader on, ready for a walk. It fits around her nose and behind her ears. Instead of clipping the leash to the collar you attach it to the GL. This is NOT a muzzle. It does not restrict the dog from breathing, drinking, barking, panting, or eating.
I walk my dogs...a lot! I enjoy walking, and having dogs that are eager to go helps me keep to the routine. Dogs love exercise and need it just as humans do. Not just to keep them physically fit, but it's good mental stimulation as well. They are focusing on where they are going, what's around them, and all of the smells send those brains into overdrive. It's also great for learning acceptable social skills they need. No jumping up on people, no lifting your leg on every pole and tree you see, or no barking and causing a ruckus when you see another animal. It all takes practice and patience on your behalf.
Many times my dogs will be wearing their Gentle Leaders when we are out for a stroll. It acts similar to a horse halter and really helps to teach your dog not to pull. If they do attempt to tug while wearing it, their nose and head will turn towards you. Your dog will not walk forward if his head is not going in the same direction. I strongly urge anyone who has a dog that is hard to walk due to his pulling, to get one. I have seen them available at Bomgaars here in Spencer, or at any Petco or Pet Smart. You could also order them online for around $20-25. Well worth every penny!
After awhile, you can start removing the Gentle Leader and your dog will not pull because they have learned that pulling does not get them where they want to go.
Walking your dog should be enjoyable not only for the dog, but for you as well.
"A tired dog makes for a happy dog owner!"