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From tearaway puller to considerate companion

Today I want to share a story with you. this is Tug's story. Tug was a clients dog and a compulsive puller. Tug simply loves the outdoors; he eagerly explores the hedgerows, hunting out scents across fields and forests. He lives purely for chasing rabbits and, like any typical springer spaniel, springing through the long meadow grass. Whenever Tug’s owner, Mary, takes him for a walk he acts like a coiled spring. Ecstatic about the impending prospect of adventure, causes him to pull like a train. He is not a big boy, but he’s a strong one none-the-less. Unfortunately, Mary suffers from a bad back and Tug pulling on the lead is a massive issue for her. After each walk she comes back with sore

A pleasant walk gone bad

We all strive to have those lovely relaxing saunters where you enjoy your dog’s company strolling along the pathways in your local field or forest. But this is not how walks are for many dog owners. All around the world, shoulders are being pulled out of their sockets, elbows are jarred, and did you know that you can actually end up with tennis elbow from a pulling dog? No? Let me explain. Some years ago, I was looking after a whippet and a greyhound for a client. They were lovely dogs, but unfortunately, they were lead pullers. On this occasion, the greyhound had cut her leg a few days earlier and, sporting a lovely even row of stitches, was confined to lead walking exercise only. I took th

Introducing The Lead: What Can Go Wrong?

The very first time you put a lead on your new puppy you allow her to walk wherever she wants. You let her decide where she wants to go and follow meekly behind her holding on to the lead. Your puppy has spotted a leaf fluttering by and decides that chasing the leaf is a great game. You try and keep up but inevitably as your puppy pounces and darts after the leaf, the lead goes tight. Pup is now experiencing pressure on her delicate little neck for the first time, and she does not like the sensation. Instinctively she starts to fight against this pressure. Feeling trapped, she pulls to get away from the pressure. You hate to see her in distress, so you keep hold of the lead and follow. Tryin

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