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Gentle Leader vs Easy Walk Harness: Which Should You Pick?

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Two dogs with Gentle Leader and Easy Walk HarnessThe Easy Walk harness and Gentle Leader Headcollar can help train against unwanted behavior. If your dog has issues with pulling on the leash, excessive barking, lunging, jumping or even anxiety and aggression, you may find these helpful. In writing this head-to-head comparison we decided to point out what each does because these are not identical products. This review should help you to choose the best fit for your dog  You may even decide that your dog could benefit from both, which we will discuss as well.

PetSafe Easy Walk HarnessPetSafe Gentle Leader
PetSafe Easy Walk HarnessPetSafe Gentle Leader
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What Is Each Item Useful For?

To help you see which one you should pick, take a look at the table below.

 Easy Walk HarnessGentle Leader Head Collar
Discourages pulling on the leashCheckmark

Helps train against excessive barking, lunging, jumping and even anxiety and aggression in some casesCheckmark

Perfect for training dogs to heelCheckmark

Easier to fit because it goes on the body, not the headCheckmark

Recommended for brachycephalic breeds or short-nosed dogs (pugs, boxers, etc.)Checkmark

Can be used on most breeds older than 6 weeksCheckmark

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Does not damage the tracheaCheckmark

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Prevents gagging, choking and coughingCheckmark

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Requires little acclimation time or special techniqueCheckmark

Great for every day walksCheckmark

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Popular among trainers and vets because you can walk your dog more comfortably on a leashCheckmark

Some pet parents struggle with physically putting the Gentle Leader on their dog. Watch this one minute video to see how this head collar should be properly worn.

Sizing Options & Pricing

The table below shows the different sizing options for each harness. You’ll notice the Gentle Leader head collar is sized by weight, whereas chest and girth measurements inform the appropriate size for the Easy Walk dog harness. The Gentle Leader harness applies gentle pressure on the nose when the dog pulls. The collar sits high on your dog’s neck without putting any pressure on the throat. The Easy Walk harness has four adjustment points, so your dog is comfortable and has a reliable fit. There is a martingale loop in the chest piece to prevent twisting and the quick snap buckles on the shoulder and belly straps make it easy to put on and take off.

The Easy Walk harness costs $17.95  and the Gentle Leader for dogs is  $14.33 .

Gentle Leader Head CollarEasy Walk Harness
Petite
weight under 5 lbs
Petite
chest width 6"-7"
girth measurement 12"-16"
Small
weight up to 25 lbs
Petite/Small
chest width 8"-9"
girth measurement 13"-18"
Medium
weight 25-60 lbs
Small
chest width 8.5"-11"
girth measurement 15"-21"
Large
weight 60-130 lbs
Small/Medium
chest width 11"-13"
girth measurement 19"-26"
Extra Large
weight over 130 lbs
Medium
chest width 12"-15"
girth measurement 21"-32"
Medium/Large
chest width 14"-18"
girth measurement 24.5"-34"
Large
chest width 16"-21"
girth measurement 27"-40"
Extra Large
chest width 17.5"-23.5"
girth measurement 32"-50"

What If Your Dog Needs Both?

Both of these tools are fairly inexpensive. So, if your dog has issues with pulling on the leash and lunging, you may want to purchase both. You can then use the training tool that makes sense in the situation. For example, you may use the Easy Walk at the park but the Gentle Leader for dogs at the vet’s office.

These Aren’t a Guaranteed Fix

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We’d like to remind you that although these harnesses can be immensely helpful, they are still just training tools. If your dog’s issue is that he pulls on the leash, it’s important that you are consistent with your training and don’t forget to reward him when he isn’t pulling. These harnesses will only work if used correctly. To maximize your dog’s training success be sure to select the proper harness for his training needs, choose the correct fit and use it consistently. Read our article for other dog training collar options.

Have you used these products? Share your Easy Walk harness review and/or Gentle Leader reviews below.

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About Kimberly Alt
Growing up, Kimberly used to get the sniffles when she was around dogs. Thankfully, she grew out of her allergy and is now able to play and snuggle with dogs as much as she wants! She adopted Sally, a 3 year old hound mix, in 2017 and is loving life as a pet parent.

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Gretchen
Gretchen

I’ve been worried about my dog’s neck when I tug on her collar when she’s sniffing around or picking up something on the ground that she’s not supposed to eat while out on a walk. So I’m going to give one of these a try and hope it helps!

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