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I've heard that using a gentle leader on a dog suffering from

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I've heard that using a gentle leader on a dog suffering from a left cleft palate is the best tool to use. Why is this as opposed to using a slip lead (normal leash around the dogs neck). I understand a gentle leader would be suitable for most dogs suffering from this condition but why? Does it reduce the pressure around the neck area?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Training
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Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 2 years ago.
My name is ***** ***** I've been working professionally with dogs in both health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
I haven't heard that it is better to use a head halter than a slip collar for this particular type of problem though many people recommend a head halter type of collar for dogs in general.
I do NOT recommend this type of device. Many dogs have issues with any type of restraint and often pull tug and fight a leash. When they do, or run and hit the end of the leash, the discs in the neck can be injured as a result. This can lead to a lot of different issues and end up being a life long problem.
A slip collar when used improperly can also cause neck injuries and really are not appropriate for dogs who have any type of breathing difficulties.
The type of restraint that i would recommend is a front clip chest harness. The harness doesn't put pressure on the neck in any way and allow them to breath relatively normal. With a front closure you achieve the same purpose as a halti in that the dog pulling will turn them around to face you rather than dragging you down the road. See a front clip harness here.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If it is, please rate adccordingly. If it isn't, or you need more information or clarification, please respond so I can address the concerns you still have.