Monday, March 5, 2012

The Gentle Leader

In this post I mentioned how much Dante hates his gentle leader.  Well.  On Saturday afternoon, Dante and I had just come in from playing in the yard, he was pretty worked up, and I was trying to get him to "Hurry" before I crated him.   I put him in his X-pen in the living room and went to the kitchen to a get a cup of water.  I came back about 3/4 of a minute later and Dante had pawed off his gentle leader and was chewing on the nose strap.  Now, I have been leaving it on him all the time except when he is crated so that he would get used to it, and he hadn't tried to get it off in a couple days.  When I took it out of his mouth he had chewed all the way through it.

I couldn't put it back on him that way, and it is the only small one I have, so I just took the rest of it off.  I wish I didn't have to, because he was sooooo proud of himself for getting it off, and to top that, I took it off for him!  He went ballistic.  he was running around in circles and growling.  needless to say, Dante took some much needed crate time for the next hour-and-a-half.

I then had to drag out all my (mom's) sewing stuff and try to fix the thing in a "I-don't-care-how-this-thing-looks-because-it's-not-going-on-my-face" kind of mood.

 Dante is one lucky dog that I didn't have to use some hot pink thread, and found the exact color I needed. 

It really didn't turn out that bad, and you can hardly notice it.  I just wonder what CCI is going to think when I send it back.  ;)

(not a very good picture, but you get the idea)


  1. He sounds like a golden! I am raising my fourth puppy for CCI. My second one, Meeden was mostly golden and she did a lot of the refusing to walk when she was a puppy. She also figured out out to open a crate one time and found her gentle leader. She chewed the whole clip apart. My PPM didn't mind it and said not to worry about it. Welcome to the world of puppy raising! I am looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures with Dante.

  2. Haha, that makes me feel better! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Hey Hannah - you remember my cat Holly? Well, when I was trying to introduce her to a coller, I followed the same process you described here. I was very proud of her becuase she seemed to do quite well with it, with almost none of the dramatics her brothers Boo and Buster showed. Well on Day 4, I came down in the morning to find that she had not only gotten it off, but had completely bitten right through it. Since she was 4 (and a cat) I couldn't attribute it to her being a puppy (or kitten. There was no doubt she was telling me exactly what she thought of that thing! And I was no where near as creative and talented at repairing it as you were. . .Love ya, Aunt Erin


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