The Beaphar Gentle Leader® is a unique, patented design that has been scientifically developed to work with your dog's natural instincts in order to control unwanted pulling on the lead. The Beaphar Gentle Leader® provides kind and effective leadership, and makes training at home quick, simple and fun for both you and your dog.

Why Choose the Beaphar Gentle Leader®?

A dog's natural instinct is to pull on the lead. The Beaphar Gentle Leader® helps to counter this in three ways:

1. Gentle pressure is transferred to the back of the neck, naturally stimulating a relaxation response (the same as when a mother carries a puppy by the scruff of its neck).
2. Gentle pressure is applied around the muzzle from the nose loop, communicating your reassuring control.
3. It works like a halter rope – where the nose goes, the body will follow.

The Beaphar Gentle Leader® was designed by veterinary surgeon Professor Robert Anderson, Director of the Animal Behaviour Clinic at the University of Minnesota, USA and Ruth Foster, former President of the American National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors.

The Beaphar Gentle Leader® is easy-to-fit and adjust.

Unsure which size Beaphar Gentle Leader® is right for your dog? We've created a useful breed guide below:


  • Westie
  • Yorkie
  • Jack Russell
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Border Terrier
  • Also suitable for Puppies

Terrier wearing a Beaphar Gentle Leader


  • Labrador
  • Cocker & Springer Spaniels
  • German Shepherd
  • Boxer
  • Retriever
  • Dobermann

Golden Retreiver wearing a Beaphar Gentle Leader


  • Large German Shepherd
  • Large Labrador
  • Rottweiler
  • Great Dane
  • Newfoundland

German Shepherd wearing a Beaphar Gentle Leader

How to fit the Beaphar Gentle Leader®

There are several components to the Beaphar Gentle Leader® and it is important to ensure they are fitted correctly for it to be effective and comfortable for your dog.

These are:

  • Neck strap – fits around your dog’s neck as would a collar.
  • Buckle – forms part of the neck strap, connects either end as you would a collar.
  • Nose loop – fits around your dog’s nose.
  • Adjustable sliding clamp – to reduce or increase the size of the nose loop.
  • Centre double D-ring – enables the nose loop to apply pressure as your dog pulls and instantly release when they stop.
  • Control ring – where you attach your dog’s lead.
  Components of a Beaphar Gentle Leader

1. Attach your dog’s normal lead to the control ring on the Beaphar Gentle Leader®.

2. Release the buckle on the neck strap and hold it at each end. The neck strap and the nose loop with the lead attached should now be hanging down in the shape of a ‘T’.
Hold the Beaphar Gentle Leader in a 'T' shape
3. Fit the neck strap around your dog’s neck so that it is touching the base of your dog’s skull at the back and snug above their Adam’s apple at the front. This is much higher than a normal collar. The nose loop should NOT be fitted at this time but left hanging down underneath their chin.

4. You should be able to squeeze one finger underneath the neck strap. This will appear to fit more snugly than a normal collar, but your dog will still be comfortable, able to pant easily and show no signs of distress or discomfort. The correct fit will prevent the Beaphar Gentle Leader® rotating around your dog’s neck.

Clip the neck strap of the Beaphar Gentle Leader around your dog's neck

5. Release the buckle and remove the neck strap from your dog.

6. Open the adjustable sliding clamp and slide this down towards the control ring where the lead is attached.
Adjustable sliding clamp on Beaphar Gentle Leader
7. Pull the nose loop up though the centre double D-ring, which is located at the central part of the ‘T’ shape. This is to ensure the nose loop is large enough to fit over your dog’s nose.

8. Holding the neck strap in your hands, slide the nose loop which you have just created over your dog’s nose. Then, connect both ends of the neck strap around your dog’s neck at the position you fitted earlier.
Fitting the Beaphar Gentle Leader to your dog

9. Move the adjustable sliding clamp up so it sits just below your dog’s jaw. This will reduce the size of the nose loop so it is correctly fitted to your dog.

10. The nose loop should now sit in front of your dog’s eyes but behind the corners of their mouth, and be loose enough to be pulled forward to the start of the fleshy part of their nose.

11. Make a final adjustment to the nose loop and then close the adjustable sliding clamp to prevent this slipping, and 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.
Dog wearing a Beaphar Gentle Leader
To remove the Beaphar Gentle Leader®, simply release the buckle on the neck strap and slide the nose loop off. There is no need to undo the sliding clamp.

The adjustable sliding clamp is the most technically advanced element of the Beaphar 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.

Frequently Asked Questions about Beaphar Gentle Leader®

How does the

Beaphar Gentle Leader®


The nose loop goes around the dog’s nose & jaw and acts in the same way as a pack-leader’s mouth – this is a clear signal to the dog that you are the leader.

The neck strap puts pressure on the back of the neck which causes an instinctive relaxation response when the dog tries to pull forwards. The dog will instinctively lean back against the pressure, putting an end to pulling on the lead forever.

Traditional collars put pressure on the front of the throat, causing dogs to keep pulling even while choking.

Beaphar Gentle Leader® does not choke your dog. It has been scientifically designed to direct the dog’s entire body by controlling its head & nose – and wherever it’s nose goes its body will follow.

What are the benefits of using a Beaphar Gentle Leader®?

Through its calming effect Beaphar Gentle Leader®, can help shy, nervous or fearful dogs to relax and gain greater confidence. It will also calm boisterous dogs of all sizes.

Beaphar Gentle Leader® enables dogs to be trained to be sociable and obedient, calmly, quickly and effectively. Makes training at home quick, simple & fun – helping create a positive and joyful relationship with the owner. Even whilst wearing a Beaphar Gentle Leader® dogs can still eat, drink, bark, pant, etc.

When happy with the level of control, Beaphar Gentle Leader® can easily and simply be converted into an ordinary collar simply by using the neck strap as you would an ordinary collar and using the nose loop as an extension of the lead.

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