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Gentle Leader Calming Cap - Medium Pattern

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  • Lessen's anxiety
  • Lessens stress
  • Reduces visual stimulus
  • Filters vision
  • Easy on/off use

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Product Description

The Gentle Leader Calming Cap is a new behavior management aid that is designed to lessen a dog's anxiety or aggression in high-stress situations. The Calming Cap was designed by Trish King, CPDT CDBC and director of Behavior & Training at the Marin Humane Society, in collaboration with Lisa Moore, CPDT. The Cap was developed originally to ease hyperactivity in a dog that became agitated while traveling in a car. Since then, pet owners and professionals across the pet industry have used the Cap to quiet and calm anxious or excitable dogs. How It Works: The Calming Cap reduces the visual stimulus that makes a dog agitated by filtering his vision. The single-panel sheer fabric window makes the dog's vision indistinct, while allowing the dog to easily navigate his surroundings. Quality Features: Single-panel sheer fabric window offers enough vision to confidently navigate surroundings while reducing the provoking stimulus. Soft fabric and elastic fit provides maximum comfort. Two Velcro strips wrap around the collar allowing for easy on/off use. Available in four sizes! Petite - Most Toy Breeds, Puppies; Small - Shelties, Most Small Terriers, etc.; Medium - Cattle Dogs, Female German Shepherds & Rotties, etc.;Large - Mountain Dogs, Male German Shepherds & Rotties, etc.


Product Details

  • Item Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • ASIN: B000RHZ0UQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,831 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tara Lang on March 11, 2011
I am a vet tech and I have used this many times in the veterinary clinic, even used the petite on cats and rabbits. It generally does calm a pet, though not every pet. We use it for general restraint of the fractious dog, nail trims and blood draws to name a few things. Just a note the medium is the most common size we use and it is suppose to fit snug. It is based on the size of the dogs head not body weight. For instance bulldogs need a large and a doberman a medium.

From the manufacture website sizes are as follows.

Petite: Most Toy Breeds, Puppies

Small: Shelties, Most Small Terriers, etc.

Medium: Cattle Dogs, Female German Shepherds & Rotties, etc.

Large: Mountain Dogs, Male German Shepherds & Rotties, etc.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael & Sheri May on September 19, 2008
This is the second Gentle Leader Calming Cap that I have purchased. I love the way that they work but have noticed that the large is very large and the medium is on the small size. The large is too big for our 77 pound Lab mix and the medium is too small however it will fit on our 36 pound Springer mix. We decided to go with the large so that our large dog would be more comfortable and have not regretted our decision.
I would recommend this to anyone with a reactive dog! What a great idea for desensitizing your dogs' environment.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ruth M. Muller on September 15, 2010
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After enduring my Catahoula's barking and pacing in the car for years, I had nearly given up . The only solution seemed to be to incarcerate her in a box on longer trips . Then A trainer suggested the calming cap - and it eliminated 80% of the problem . She still barks a bit at the beginning of the trip and when an especially big truck passes us ...but she and I can travel together in the car for hours and enjoy sharing the trip. Thanks you, gentle leader for this good idea...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blazin on August 22, 2011
The Calming Cap is awesome! My dog is a huge barker in the car. He barks at almost everything dogs, bikes, motorcycles, trucks and buses. He not only barks but growls and lunges at the window. His former trainer suggested me trying a calming cap. I give him lots of treats and praises whenever I put it on him (especailly the first time). This really helps so he thinks it's a treat everytime he puts it on. It's made of a mesh stretchy fabric that he can still see out of..so he's not blinded. He is a 65 pound Boxer/Shepherd/Greyhound mix. The medium fit perfect on him.

As soon as I put it on him in the car I saw an immediate change. He did not bark or whine. I have used it in the car 8 times since then and he has not made a single sound. He sits in the middle of the backseat and looks out the windshield. It's not just the barking, it's his whole demenor. He's so quiet...before he was running around the backseat from window to window.

I would recommend this product to everyone that has a barker in the car. This is an AMAZING product!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frances on March 4, 2011
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After 6 years and hundreds of dollars (really - hundreds!) wasted on products that failed to help my dog ride in the car without freaking out, I've finally found the only thing that actually WORKS. Better yet, it cost less than $20. I bless whoever invented this modest little device.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Rousso on August 1, 2011
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We purchased the Calming Cap to help our 4 month old Rough Collie with motion sickness. He was experiencing severe drooling and vomiting. After putting the Calming Cap on he initially drooled slightly. We took a break, got him out, walked around a bit, back in the car (at this point pup does not want to get in car), Calming Cap back on. No drooling, but not relaxed either. We repeated the stop/walk sequence about three times, and by the third time he willingly got in the car, got his Calming Cap on, curled up and went to sleep. No more drooling, no more whining, (best yet) no more vomiting, and no drugs needed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Campanella on November 25, 2011
This was recommended by the animal behaviorist at Cornell University for our Old English Sheep dog that had a bad experience at the vet. This is just what she needs she actually let them take blood with no issues. A great product it's very easy to get on and off. A medium fits a 50 lb Old English Sheepdog
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I tried the cap upon the advice of a friend with an Australian Cattle dog who was fear aggressive at the vet's.
She said with a lot of practice and training beforehand, the cap made a huge difference in her dog's stress levels and behavior during exams. She could whip the cap off after an exam and rather than being fearful, the dog looked for her treat.

I have since bought one and followed the instructions on getting my dog used to the cap, and used to expecting food.
Although I still don't trust him at the vet's w/o wearing a soft muzzle in addition to the vet, I am sure it helps because just the muzzle alone causes my poor dog to thrash much more, and rebel. With the cap, he stands still while feeling arms around him;
the only attemtps to escape were during a nail trim and that was only one or two. There was still lip licking, but no snarly-face.

The cap does not completely blindfold the dog, which I guess some think may cause it's own stress.
The dog can see movement and shapes, but does not have a clear view. You can tell when you wear it yourself!
Or when you try walking your dog with it and you notice he's not sure where he's going.

The cap is a nice midway point between not having a clear view of the perceived threat, and not having the potentially panicky situation of not being able to see at all. I do think it has helped overall, though in our case, it may never be perfect.
We are working on it in the meanwhile. :)
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