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Loose-lead walking

flat-coated-retriever-m002Another great success for Loose-lead walking! Gus is a happy, high energy, excitable 13 months old Flatcoat Retriever who has always pulled on the lead; his owners’ Ceinwen and Arwyn, have struggled to control Gus’s boundless energy and Ceinwen has been unable to walk him due to his strength and unpredictability. Gus would frequently rear-up on his hind legs to share his boundless puppy-like energy with every other dog and person he sees which made dog walks difficult, stressful and unenjoyable at times.

I had arranged to meet the trio in the country park to help with Gus’s excessive pulling and to enable them all to enjoy calm walks and I was able to witness Gus’s enthusiasm for life first-hand as they approached me. I selected a suitable, well-padded harness from my collection and demonstrated the no-stress technique for fitting it to Gus. I attached the 5 mtr line and slowly let-out the lead enabling Gus to his enjoy his new-found freedom to explore the environment and display natural dog-like behaviours and practice the essential scent work of a Flatcoat. The transformation was immediate and encouraging; Gus walked calmly to the extent of the lead and then instead of his usual frantic pulling, he maintained a pressure on the lead until he realised that he wasn’t going to make any head-way whilst pulling. Gus then relaxed the lead pressure and turned his head towards me for direction and guidance; with that I was able to put-into-practice the ‘hand-touch’ technique we had ‘shaped’ on an earlier coaching session and then proceeded with the walk in a calm and controlled manner with repeated stops and waits when Gus pulled. The remainder on the initial hour-long walk was a very pleasant and easy walk and Ceinwen was also able to walk Gus calmly for the first time in a very long while. Ceinwen and Arwyn have now equipped themselves with a good quality harness and a 5 mtr line and are now enjoying Gus on calm walks.

I look forward to my next Loose-lead walking assignment which is with two Husky dogs.

Loose-lead walking is a very simple technique and has been effective with every dog I have worked with. The technique requires calmness and patience and an awareness of one’s dog’s needs. With any breed of dog it’s much simpler to have a dog with self-control rather than one that has to be ‘controlled’ at all times. Loose-lead walking is especially effective with large dogs where their innate strength makes it impossible to physically control them


Loose-lead walking

I am a great advocate of Loose-lead walking and I’ve been successful in coaching 100s of dogs in the technique of not pulling on lead and instead having the self-control to enjoy quite, calm walks. I have had success with many very large and stressed dogs in rescue including Mastiffs, Great Dane, Rottweiler, Doberman, Labradors and Retrievers as well as the smaller breeds which has included Pekinese, Border Terrier, Japanese Spitz and Border Collies. I’ve even assisted a desperate dog owner with an impromptu coaching session in a pub car park with their huge Rottweiler cross whilst I was on holiday in St David’s.

I recently received the following wonderful comment from a family I met in Burry Port that was on holiday in Carmarthenshire from Spain with their Labrador:-

“Hi we just wanted to say thanks for the class you gave us down in Burry Port with our Labrador Baxter, since we´ve returned to Spain he´s really got the gist of not pulling! It’s amazing!

If anyone else is reading this we seriously recommend Canine Harmony, we found it intuitive, dog centred, reasonably priced and hugely positive. This is your man!

Thanks Claire Davies & Diego Fabra x”

Loose-lead walking is a wonderful reward based stress-free technique to teach your dog good walking etiquette; I’d like to be able to assist you.