“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 [...]

“My dog pulls while on lead”

By |2017-10-04T11:47:18+10:00May 1st, 2017|Lead Walking, Uncategorized|

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 [...]

“My dog may be big, but she isn’t aggressive”

By |2018-03-22T15:48:35+10:00December 29th, 2014|General Information, Lead Walking, Recall, Safety Concerns|

Dear Sarah, We recently adopted a 12 month old Rottweiler from a rescue group. She’s so beautiful and gentle and loves everyone. We’ve noticed though that people cross the road when they see us coming and pick up their small dogs when we come near. How can we let people know that all she wants to do is play? Tammy G Hi Tammy, I think if you speak to other large breed owners, you will find that they all have the same experience – so don’t take it personally! Many people are afraid of large dogs, either from bad [...]