Fitting Instructions

Step by step guide to fitting a Gentle Leader®

You can use this page to learn how to fit the Gentle Leader®. Alternatively click on the link below to download a PDF version of the instructions.

Follow the instructions carefully taking the time to adjust the Gentle Leader® to fit the contours of your dog’s face for a comfortable fit.

Throughout the fitting process & during initial use of a Gentle Leader®, motivate & encourage your dog with praise & tasty treats.

Step 1

Attach lead to control ring.

Step 2

Open neck strap, holding one end in each hand.Nose loop and lead should hang down to form the letter ‘T’ (Fig B)

Step 3

Fit neck-strap high on the neck, touching the base of your dog’s skull at the back and snug above the Adam’s Apple at the front (Fig C)

It must be possible to squeeze just one finger underneath the neck-strap, this will prevent rotation around the dog’s neck (Fig D)

Even though the Gentle Leader® fits much more snugly than other collars you will notice that your dog is still comfortable, able to pant easily & shows no signs of distress or discomfort.

Step 4

Take neck-strap off your dog.

Step 5

Slide adjustable sliding clamp down to the control ring (Fig A) & pull nose loop up through centre double D-ring (Fig E)

Step 6

Holding both straps in your hand slide the nose loop over your dog’s nose (Fig F) & buckle the neckstrap high on the neck at its pre-fitted position (Fig G)

Step 7

Slide the adjustable sliding clamp up the nose loop under the jaw (Fig H). The nose loop should be in front of your dog’s eyes, behind the corners of your dog’s mouth & be loose enough to pull forward to the fleshy part of the nose –but not so loose that you can pull it off the end of his nose.

Make final adjustment to nose loop & then close the adjustable sliding clamp, start walking straight away.

Once fitted in this way, it should not be necessary to re-open the adjustable sliding clamp, unless your dog is still growing. The clamp is the most technically advanced element of the Gentle Leader, and is not designed to be repeatedly opened and closed. If put under habitual stress in this way, it is liable to break. To remove the Gentle Leader, always open the buckle, leaving the clamp in place.