leash walking issues

leash walking issues

Leash Reactivity? It’s time to enjoy walking your dog!

a couple walking their dog

Walking the dog is supposed to be fun, right?

Imagine enjoying beach, trail, and neighborhood walks free of frustration, embarrassment and sore shoulders. I’ll get you there.

black dog pulling on leash

Do your dog walks include…

  • Lunging, barking, growling at other dogs
  • Judgmental stares
  • Frustration and embarrassment
  • Sore back and shoulders

Would you prefer…

  • A dog who walks calmly by your side
  • A dog who passes other dogs without comment
  • Smiles from fellow sidewalk and trail users
  • Enjoyable, connected companionship

Two ways to train

Day Training—I train your dog for you

I will design and implement your customized training plan for you, pick your dog up for hands-on, on-location training walk sessions. Then I’ll transfer your professional training results to you.

  • Maximum convenience—We do the work for you
  • Quickest peace of mind
  • Fastest results

 Schedule your initial consult today–I can’t wait to help.

Call 805-845-8458 or click to email

Choose your Leash Walking Relief Package

Online Walk Relief

4 weeks


4 hours of trainer support per week, including:

  • customized live online interactive coaching
  • video review
  • personalized Q & A
  • simple step-by-step instructions
  • homework check-ins

+ 2 follow-up sessions

Each week I’ll map out simple steps to move your progress forward. We’ll meet online three times throughout the week to coach you through your steps and teach you the tricks to peaceful walks. Video review sessions will provide a unique opportunity for me to observe your real-life walks together, and I’ll also check in with you via a shared online task list several times each week for a bit of extra support. My goal is to have you feeling relaxed and confident on your end of the leash, and your dog relaxed and calm on the other. (We’ll use our 2 follow-up sessions to make sure that relief sticks!) Learn more about online training!  

Day Training Walk Relief

4 weeks


4 hours of trainer support per week, including:

  • 12 training sessions
  • 4 results transfer sessions
  • customized training plan
  • daily notes and reminders

+ 2 follow-up sessions

Each week I’ll take your dog out into the world for on-location training, using positive techniques to show him a new way of responding to seeing other dogs. I’ll transfer progress to you in a fun, hands-on session at the end of each week. Then we’ll use our two follow-up sessions to make sure everything is feeling good before we call it a wrap. My goal is to have you feeling relaxed and confident on your end of the leash, and your dog relaxed and calm on the other.

Sara teaching seven dogs

Meet your Trainer

I’m passionate about teaching your dog a new way of behaving around fellow canines, so you can both fully enjoy your walks together. Living with a reactive dog myself, I know what you’re going through–and what it means to find relief.

You should know I create that relief without borrowing harsh, traditional old-school training equipment and tactics from the past. I want you and your dog to enjoy achieving your training results as much as you’ll enjoy the results themselves.

As a serious dog lover you’ll no doubt want to know more about my science-based, force-free training methods and my extensive training credentials. I invite you to learn more about your trainer here. [Add text or button link to About page.]

The trainer is well trained!!! Learned! Experienced! Insightful! Intuitive! Not only can she train your puppy…you get trained too. It’s all part of the package and enjoyable as Sara is fun to have around.   

Mary Smith and Joel Ungar

Sara guided us through our Bernese Mountain Dog puppy’s first couple of months, and she gave us the start we were hoping for. She worked effortlessly with him, always showing patience, compassion and kindness. 

Julie Sullwold and Pete Eisner