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Loose Leash Walking

Walking on a loose lead  

Learn to walk together, so you can both enjoy a relaxing stroll.

Ah… Taking a mindful stroll with your puppy
This should be one of our most enjoyable, relaxing daily activities with our dog.

Unfortunately, leash walking is not a natural behaviour for our dogs. In fact, everything about this loose leash walking behaviour we expect, goes against a dog's nature. Dogs want to trot ahead. Sniffing and exploring their environment, at their pace.

It's actually a very challenging exercise for young puppies and adolescent young dogs. You can compare the complexity to learning to ride a bicycle or learning to drive a vehicle :

What side should I walk on?
What speed are we going?
Should I pay attention to that or simply walk passed?
Someone's approaching. What should I do?

Enrol for our 4-week Loose Leash Walking Workshop

Radica walking a dog on a loose lead
Puppy walking on a loose lead

As you can tell from the questions above, there are a lot of issues for both you and your puppy to navigate. Unfortunately, buying "no-pull" walking equipment will not solve leash walking struggles. There is a level of understanding and skill required, on both ends of the leash.

We need to split this complex, unnatural behaviour down into bite-size exercises, in order to help you and your puppy get to grips with this skill.

We start in a low distraction environment, to hone our leash handling and communication skills. Over the 4-week workshop, we gradually work our way up, to venturing out into more distracting environments, based on you and your puppy's acquired skill level.

Over this 4-week workshop we cover everything, from the most basic concepts, to more advanced skills, such as:

  • Questions around dog walking equipment.
  • Ways to handle and hold the leash.
  • How to teach your puppy which side of you it is worth staying close to.
  • How to teach your puppy that regularly checking-in is worth their while.
  • How teaching your puppy that they can keep pace with you, slow human.
  • How to teach your puppy that when you stop walking, sitting is a great choice.
  • How to teach your puppy what to expect when a person approaches, so they don't act nervously excited and jump up.
  • How to teach your puppy what is best ignored, so they can learn to just “leave it” alone without you prompting.
  • How to get ourselves out of tricky situations when our puppy is clearly overwhelmed and unable to cope.
  • How to help your puppy make sense of the world - because the need for puppy socialisation does not suddenly stop at 16 weeks of age.

Enrol for our 4-week Loose Leash Walking Workshop

Puppy socialisation does not suddenly stop at 16 weeks of age. Help your puppy make sense of the world!

Outdoors Workshop Details

Loose Lead Walking Workshop Pricing  
A$ 250

Loose Leash Walking

4 x in-person classes (50 min.)

Sundays at 3:00 pm

For dogs aged 5 - 12 months

All dogs: fully vaccinated (C5)

Small group (max. 6)

Homework video lessons

Weekly Q & A for 1 year

Course Community access for 1 year

Digital certificate upon Graduation

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Puppy on a loose lead


Select your Start Date below to book your puppy's spot using our secure online enrolment form.
(to change the date, click the selected Start Date again)

Puppy walking on a loose leash
Time & Location  

When & Where

Our 4-week in-person adolescent dog training classes are run in Crows Nest (Sydney's Lower North Shore), on the following days and times:

Class Schedule:
3:00 pm on Sundays: Loose Leash Walking Workshop

Duration per class session: 50 minutes

Who Can Come

Maximum 2 persons per enrolled puppy can join our in-person classes.

Puppy at home on the bed


This is not a dog obedience class.

The focus during our puppy school classes and workshops is to develop your dog literacy and practical skills, based on the most current, scientific understanding of dog behaviour and cognition.

In other words: We help you better understand why your dog does what s/he does, and what you can do, to help your dog make better choices. We teach you how to teach your puppy, so you can successfully, raise a confident, calm and considerate family dog.

Your dog is between 5 and 12 months old.

Your dog needs to be fully vaccinated (C5) to be able to attend these in-person classes.

Please bring a copy of your dog's vaccination certificate at the start of your first class (this can be a screenshot on your phone). On your first visit, your dog's vaccination certificate must be sighted by your instructor before you can join the class.

These group classes are not suitable for dogs who are easily overwhelmed, and over-react in the presence of unfamiliar people or dogs.

If your dog shows intense fearful or frustrated behaviours, such as repetitive barking and lunging at fellow students and their dogs, I will unfortunately need to ask you to leave the class, in order to prevent further disruption and distress.

Other arrangements can be made, to assist you and your dog.

Dog on a loose lead walking, looking at owner

What To Bring

A copy of your puppy's vaccination certificate. (Please present prior to entering the classroom, or email us a copy in advance.)

Required training equipment:

  • A regular, well-fitted, flat collar with ID tag;
    and a regular, flat fabric or leather leash (120 - 180 cm long).
  • If you like to use a walking harness, bring it along, so I can check if it is well-fitted, and if it falls into the "Not harmful. Might help." category.
  • Your puppy's favourite soft treats (pinkie nail size pieces), in a treat pouch.
  • Your puppy's favourite tug toy.
  • Your puppy's water bowl.
  • Puppy has had a toilet break.
  • Your puppy's doggy poo bags.
  • Be weather-wise: These classes are held outdoors. Please bring what you need to protect yourself and your puppy, on sunny and rainy days.
    Please note, during adverse weather classes will be held under cover, indoors.

No aversive / deliberate discomfort / pain inducing training equipment is accepted!

We use food and toys as positive reinforcers for training and conditioning purposes.
You will not be able to fully participate during classes, unless you bring all the required, suitable equipment.

Want to know more about our services?

Give us a call
on +61(0)423 623 302
to discuss our services.

Email us about our services at [email protected].

book a 30 minute phone consultation to discuss your specific puppy training question.

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