Has anyone tried something like this?
Yes, it's called a Gentle Leader and they're really effective! They're not painful for the animal (they are NOT a muzzle) but they guide the dog by the head instead of just the neck. Be sure you adjust it so it fits corrently and you shouldn't have pulling problems.
I have something by Gentle Leader but it's a harness instead. It works great on my dogs! The way the lead attaches is to the chest - not the back as is typical - and some how it keeps them from pulling as much!
We had a harness but It didnt work. Right now we have a pinch collar, which does not really work either. So I think I am off to petsmart to buy this kind.
We just have to use a regular harness. Stew will pull until he is chocking himself on a collar, but won't on a harness...not sure why.
Hearts - It's funny you mention the harness that hooks in the front. The lady at Petsmart told me to get that one for Baron. I bought it and put it on him before we left, unfortunately I own an extremely stubborn dog. He kept pulling, the only difference was he has to pull as he walked sideways haha. Anyways that one was basically worthless for him so we walked right back and returned it.
He is great in general with pulling, our problem is when something like a bunny runs out in front of him. He always tries to chase them.
Not yet, they were out of stock at the store. They should be there next week. We just met a lady at the dog park who has a great dane, she uses them and her dog was great on them.
I wonder, since our Rottie has a short snout, if that will cause a problem with the face strap.
even though we have small dogs...we don't use harnesses on them...it allows them to pull way too much....they never learned to walk "with" us until we stopped using the harness....
We had the same problem with my chihuahua. She was such a pain to teach how to walk with us. We use the harness now, because she knows the deal, but in the beginning it was bad. I felt so bad, because she would literally pull so hard that she would run with just her back 2 feet, choking herself, without a care in the world.
kel our dog did that too! he would choke himself until he vomited and then kept going on his hind legs. he's very dumb :( so my folks now use the harness. oh did i mention he's 55lbs!