Before I write my really important post today (today is a very special day and those of you who are particularly observant will know why) I wanted to post about GDB's new policy. I was reading another blog about it and a lot of people (well 2, but that's enough for me) said that they hadn't heard of this policy so I'm blogging about it.
During Fun Day on the California campus they announced their new Head Collar Policy. It states that every dog that goes back in for formal training must be able to walk in and tolerate a head collar. "Head Collar" includes a gentle leader, halti, holt, and figure 8. Though I am sure that there are other head collars that GDB will accept these are the major ones. All this means is simply your dog must be able to walk in a head collar. He/She doesn't need to wear it at every outing if they can walk in one and are fine without one. If they refuse to walk in one it would be better to start of slow and put them in one in only really familiar, comfortable situations. Some dogs just need time to get use to that thing across their noses. I didn't take Rocco out in a head collar every time because in certain situations he didn't need one at all and I knew that he would tolerate one if I randomly put one on him. If your puppy is having real trouble in a head collar contact your Leader or CFR. They can help.
But yes, I believe it is grounds for a CC if the puppy will not walk in a head collar. I think I asked the All Knowing Jim that and he said "yeah." So, there you are.