My Dog Ate…

… his collar. Yup ate it. Not chewed, not destroyed, ate.

But let me back up for a minute and explain.

About 5 months ago Trey got an adorable 10 pound Labrador puppy. Unfortunately, due to graduating college, wedding planning, honeymooning, and moving, his obedience training was a little spotty in those first couple months. He was also on the timid side when he was little, so leash training focused on getting him to move forward, not on keeping him from pulling. Now we’re nicely settled and able to focus on training, but instead of a 10 pound puppy lagging behind, we have a 60 pound puppy lunging ahead.

Ok so not the best situation, but we were determined to have a well-trained obedient-in-the-face-of-squirrels dog. I talked to my friend and former AKC trainer about our problem and she suggested the Gentle Leader head collar. The Gentle Leader is the same kind of idea as a choke chain except it doesn’t choke the dog (cause everyone wants to be that owner with their dog gasping at the end of the leash fully convinced that ducks are better than air) and it controls where their head is pointed (kinda like a bridle on a horse). This worked great for us because it addressed the immediate problem of a large dog testing out your arm strength every time he had to pee, and gave us time to train.

Understandably, Cole was not a fan. He liked attacking the neighbors’ dogs with kisses and eating goose poop, and he did not appreciate having his head turned around every time those opportunities arose. You could almost see him plotting against the head collar every time you put it on. He’d glare and try to bite the loose bit of strap before submitting to its power. Until this morning. When he finally got his revenge.

 

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