The  Best No Pull Dog Leash Ever Invented

The Best No Pull Dog Leash Ever Invented

Hi and Welcome to our blog. If this is your first time visiting we are Matthew and Nissa Haight. We live in an RV and have 3 dogs……… yes, 3!  As you can imagine, we have done our fair share of research on no pull dog leashes.

First, a little background on us! Dogs have been in our lives since we were little. Between the two of us, we have owned a husky, border collies, a golden retriever, and some mixed breeds. Some were rescued and others were purchased from litters as small puppies. We certainly have some years of experience under our belts.

Even with our combined experience, dog training hasn’t always been a walk in the park. Training a pup is work, no matter what trick or behavior you are trying to teach. One of my main challenges has been getting my fur babies to walk easily on a leash, without pulling. Seems like an easy task to teach, right? For us, not so much! I taught Piper, my oldest, to play dead, crawl, roll over, sit, and some other cute tricks, however, walking easily on a leash? Nope, that seemed impossible.

Over the years of owning dogs, I have studied and tested so many different techniques in hopes of finding the one that would help me teach them to walk easily on a leash. Each new technique proved to be no match for my curious dogs. I would be jealous when I would see other dogs at parks walking perfectly next to their owners, no pulling or tugging, just walking right along. How do they do it?! What’s the trick?! I’m sure I’m not the only one who has experienced this dilemma.

If you’re here, chances are you have the same struggles I have had when walking my dogs.

To clarify, when I say I tried everything, I mean I literally tried every method out there. I watched countless videos, read countless blogs, and tested them out. Even spent hours after work walking them from the time they were puppies, all in hopes of teaching them to walk alongside me.

I carried treats with me, tried stopping and calling them back to sit before we started walking again (they call this “the tree method”), and even experimented with turning around and walking the other way. The amount of money spent on harnesses and leashes that promised but failed to deliver results was astounding. Oh, the frustration and the waste of money. My sweet dogs deserved to be walked multiple times a day, and enjoy the outdoors, but walking them always stressed me out!

When we would go on walks not only was the constant pulling frustrating, but when other dogs were near, or God forbid, a squirrel ran across the road, my dogs would bolt. It was so embarrassing to be in a crowded park with other dog owners and their behaving pups.

One time, Piper, my border collie/lab mix took off while my mother was holding her leash. She was knocked down and dragged before she let go of the leash! I was mortified. My mother ended up with a bruised wrist and a scraped-up knee. That is when I knew, I HAVE to find something that will work!

I searched and searched until I discovered this collar. It reminded me of the head harnesses that are placed on horses. So, originally I thought “here’s another device that works perfectly for other dogs, but I doubt it will work for mine.”   I still decided it was worth reading the reviews, I mean at this point I was desperate.

So, after learning more about it, I was hopeful that this could be the answer to our problem! I purchased the collar off Amazon. Honestly, a part of me was still skeptical, and I prepared myself to have to return it when it didn’t work.

A couple of days went by as I waited for the package to be delivered. During that time, I chose to take the dogs to a dog park instead of walking them on a leash. They needed some exercise, and I didn’t want to get frustrated with them. Then finally, I received the notification! They were here! I hoped the collars would live up to the reviews.

What did I buy?

Well, it is called The Gentle Leader! Like I said before, it is a similar concept to the harnesses that are used for horses. The reviews said it is a none painful collar (unlike the spiked prong collars) which provides more control for the owner and is way safer than a regular around the neck collar for the pups.

Heres how it works. When the dog pulls, instead of the collar choking them around the neck, the Gentle Leader simple stops them and gently pulls their entire head back towards the handler.

How do you use the Gentle Leader?
1. Fit the padded piece of collar that goes around the dog’s snout first and then lock it into place. The silver ring should be below the dogs head/snout.
2. Then, fit the collar that goes around the dog’s neck.
3. Attach the leash to the silver ring under the head/snout.

At this point, I’m sure you’re wondering, “did it work?” The simple answer is, yes it did! Now, after placing and adjusting it towards my girls faces it did take some time for them to get used to it. They tried to take it off with their paws, but just like a collar or harness, they became familiar with it. The results were pretty quick, and I finally had complete and total control! I also want to clarify that this is not a muzzle. The dogs can still eat, drink, pant, and give loving licks.

The Gentle Leader changed our walking experience. I love it! They love it! It is a Win, Win!

This simple invention has saved my dog’s lives as well as their throats. When they have the Gentle Leaders on, I even feel confident enough to hand their leashes to a child, knowing they won’t be pulling or tugging away. The Gentle Leader helps prevent unwanted behavior, provides peace of mind when going on walks, vet visits, and much more. It reduces dogs from jumping, bolting, or lunging toward anyone or any critter.

Don’t just take my word for it. Here are some snips of others who have tried and reviewed the Gentle Leaders.

So, if you’re like me and have tried everything to get your dog to walk easily on a leash but still nothing has worked, The Gentle Leader is truly the greatest thing ever!

You can purchase yours here. They even come in really great colors and patterns for you and your dog’s style. They provide sizes for all weight limits from dogs as little as 5lbs to dogs over 130lbs.

Let us know; What have you found to get your dogs to walk easily on a leash? Or what do you think about The Gentle Leader?

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RV With Dogs – What to Expect

RV With Dogs – What to Expect

Traveling in an RV with Dogs is an experience all on its own. As my husband and I started the RV journey we had two dogs, Piper and Finley.

We are now living in an RV full time with three dogs because we adopted  Blaze from my husband’s sister.

With our experience with dogs and living in an RV, there are some things we would like to share.

But first, I would like to say that Dogs are incredible animals. The inspiration to write this post came from complaints I saw on Facebook that somehow pets ruin the RV experience.

Personally, I disagree with that statement because I believe pets are comforting, funny, and intelligent.

Our three fur babies are apart of our family!  With that being said, if we could take them absolutely everywhere with us, we would! However, they are not service animals and do not have a license to do so. So when we do travel, we try to always make sure that parks allow them to come along.

When it comes to living in such a small space with pets, I would be lying if I didn’t say it is an adjustment, not only for you but also for the pets themselves. Luckily, our dogs are pretty resilient and happy as long as they get to play, sleep, and fed twice a day.

So let’s get into it. What should you expect when moving into a small RV with your pet or pets and travel?

1. There will be hair!

I know, I know. This one is kind of a given but in all seriousness, with the space being so tiny in an RV the hair accumulates a lot quicker than in a house. I can’t tell you how much hair we accumulate in a single day, but if you didn’t like sweeping before, you’ll hate it even more.

We have to sweep our RV almost every day. We even wash/change our bedding twice a week because our little one, Finley, is a night cuddler and sleeps at our feet.

2. They Will Bark

It’s an inevitable event that happens when they see people walking around the RV park. Piper, our lab, sees a Squirrel and will whine. Blaze, our Ball Boy, barks when a doorbell sound goes off on the TV.

Whatever it is, they will bark and we do our best to correct their behavior but we understand dogs will be dogs. If you have a barker, the best thing we have found is to distract them with a toy or bone. This will help prevent them from the desire to stare out the window.

3. Leashes are a Necessity!

I can’t express how important it is to keep your dogs on a leash. This is pretty much a necessity mainly for the safety of the dog. There is no telling what other animals are out and about that could hurt your animal if they get loose. Many RV parks and national parks do require that dogs have to be on leashes.

Trust me, this is one area I struggled with when training my dogs. I tried everything to teach my dogs to walk easily on a leash, and I mean everything, but the only thing that works is the Gentle Leader. With the Gentle Leaders, I no longer have issues taking all three dogs out together at the same time. I know that if they see a squirrel I will not get pulled down to the ground.

4. Pick up the Poo!

Yes! This is a must and a foreseen event that has to happen when being a dog owner. Having poo bags is a necessity because who wants to walk outside in a nice RV park and step in dog poop? Picking up your dog’s poop is just common courtesy as well as doing your part to keep areas nice and clean.

5. Toys, Toys, and More Bones?

We have ropes, balls, and of course bones for our pups. The bones especially, keep the three occupied when we want and need them to be quiet. When you have people walking around or animals scurrying in the trees, the bones allow for some peace and quiet.

6. Exercise!

Dogs need their exercise and when RVing that means leashes and long walks if there is no dog park. RV’s are small spaces and any dog of any size can get cramped and have bursts of energy that needs to be released. Walks in the morning, afternoon, and evening become normal.

I believe a well-behaved dog is a tired dog!

There are also other methods to give a dog more outside time like portable fences and temporary tie outs. However, we personally never let our dogs stay outside unless we are out there with them.


7. Dirt & Mud … oh My!

Along with the dog hair, there will be a ton of dirt that gets tracked in, however, this isn’t only the dog’s fault. Our shoes bring in the dirt just as much as the dogs. Also, rainy days suck when living in an RV, especially when you are in an area that gets really muddy. It’s not only taking the dogs out but also having to clean them off and wipe their paws every time they come back in.

There you have it! These are our top 7 things to expect when RVing with dogs, whether you’re just going for the weekend or plan on full timing it like us. We hope this brings some insight into what it’s like to have dogs in an RV.

Our three fur babies are apart of our family. We will sweep every day and buy more and more toys as long as they are happy dogs. Dogs and other pets live very short lives and giving them the best life we can is what we strive for. Like we mentioned before, If places or hiking trails do not allow dogs, we skip it and move on. Let us know if you have any other suggestions on how you RV with dogs!

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