“When on lead, my dog pulls. But when I let him off, he walks beside me. Why?”

By |2018-10-15T09:46:15+10:00April 2nd, 2018|Harnesses, Lead Walking, Training|

Dear Sarah, My dog pulls really badly on the lead, but when they’re off lead on the beach, he walks right beside me. Why is that? Sonya S Hi Sonya, Walking on a loose lead is possibly the hardest thing to teach a dog to do, for a number of reasons. For starters, the lead is a human-imposed piece of equipment that dogs aren’t born automatically knowing how to walk properly on. Secondly - dogs naturally walk faster than humans do, meaning that they are naturally out in front. Thirdly - dogs often pull to get to smells and [...]

“Our dog pulls on the lead when we are walking him. Is there a way to stop that?”

By |2018-02-22T11:08:29+10:00March 1st, 2016|General Information, Harnesses, Lead Walking|

Dear Sarah, Our dog pulls when we walk him on lead. Is there a piece of equipment that we can buy that will stop him from pulling? Veronica B Hi Veronica, Great question! The short answer is “no”. Some pieces of equipment can help make the job of teaching the dog to walk beside you easier, but I don’t believe that there is a piece of equipment that will actually “cure” the dog from pulling. Dogs have something known as an “opposition reflex”, a balance reflex that kicks in when a dog is pulling on lead. Dogs are strongest [...]