Congratulations to the winners: Steph B, Elizabeth, and Kathy!
Despite having been around for over a decade, I am still astounded by the number of people who refer to a Gentle Leader as a muzzle. It doesn’t matter that it’s pink, covered in flowers, and about a centimeter wide around the muzzle of a fluffy Golden Retriever, there’s still always that person who kind of edges sideways and scooches by with an apologetic “I don’t want to get bit.”
I use it as an opportunity to teach people, of course. I mean, of all the thousands of dogs you see on a regular basis, how often do you actually run into one with an actual muzzle on it? It’s very rare. I always fall back on the old “horse halter” analogy, which people seem to get.
I am so into this whole thing because, without a doubt, it is still one of the finest dog products ever produced, in my opinion.
I’ve seen firsthand the successes, crazy shepherds who can suddenly be walked by the family kindergartner, people who had given up hope on taking their pet in public finally feeling like they had a shot at doing so. I’ve tried everything with Brody from Martingales to no-pull harnesses and I still ended up back with the Gentle Leader as the product that works best for him.
Now, every dog is different. I like the no-pull harness when we’re out in the boonies and there’s no one for him to jump on. Brachycephalic dogs who don’t have a muzzle for the Gentle Leader to sit on aren’t good candidates. And some people swear up and down that no matter how closely they follow the instructions, they just couldn’t get it to work for them. Everyone figures something out eventually, if they keep working at it.
But me, I am an Gentlevangelist. I love them. And because I’m a lucky person, Premier sent me a goodie box of some of their best items to do with what I will. Well, I already purchased most of them already, so I am going to share the wealth with you guys. Today I have three products to give away:
1. An original Gentle Leader training system with the collar, a leash, an indoor drag line, and an instructional DVD. Size medium.
2. The Easy Walk Harness Size M/L, in purple.
3. And for the kitties, the Come With Me Kitty harness in a lovely blue, size M. I admit I was a little skeptical on this concept at first, but after seeing behaviorist Dr. Sophia Yin talk about the wonderful effect of early socialization of kittens and how so many of these cats love getting to go out and about with their harnesses, I was sold. I’ve started to notice quite a few more people out on my walks taking their cats for a stroll.
So I’ll keep it easy, you all know the drill. To enter just leave a comment below with which product(s) you would like to win and why! Contest open to US/Canada, and will close 11:59 PST June 14, 2011.