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Pack Leader™ Harness


  • Small (fits 17"-23" girth) - $25
  • Medium (fits 22"-29" girth) - $25
  • Large (fits 28"-34" girth) - $25
  • Extra-large (fits 31"-39" girth) - $30

Does Your Dog Take You on a Walk?

Dogs who pull on their leashes believe they are the leader and you are the follower. They pay more attention to stray cats, moving bicycles, running dogs, or new smells and ignore you.

No Pulling Until now, no dog harness has helped you physically restrain a dog’s body and at the same time increase a dog’s sensitivity to you.

Increase Focus The Pack Leader™ focuses a dog’s attention on you through it’s 3-part action. The Pack Leader™ fits close to a dog’s body and applies pressure where it should be - along the ribs. The neck strap fits around the dog’s neck but does not "choke" the dog, because the front chest piece prevents the neck strap from getting too tight.



One of the things I have noticed since using the Pack Leader Harness to walk my dogs is that they actually seem to like it. When we get ready for a walk they are calm and accepting of the harness as I fasten it on them. I use to use a standard choke chain collar for walking the dogs and they were often fidgety and anxious and somewhat resistant to get into the collars. Now we all walk out of the house together in a much calmer state of mind.”

All my best,
Kate Samsa


Please take a minute from your busy schedule and read some more comments from people who have bought a Pack Leader™ harness. I promise you will not regret it.

Special Price Alert! I’m offering a special discount price until . When you purchase a Pack Leader® harness, you can buy a copy of my latest dog book, The Tao of Puppies: How to raise a good dog without really trying for half price. Yes, that’s right. Instead of paying $16.95 at a store, you can buy it for $8.50 off the regular price. Tao of Puppies was described by Steve Dale (nationally syndicated dog columnist and writer) as "simple, yet brilliant." It’s for dogs of all ages, sizes, breeds, and backgrounds.


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Tao of Puppies: How to raise a good dog without really tryingToa of Puppies: How to Raise a good dog without really trying

The Art of Raising a Puppy meets the Tao of Pooh in this groundbreaking dog-training manual.


  • Explains how to choose a puppy that matches your personality and lifestyle
  • Covers diet, vaccinations
  • Deals with emergency situations, toxic plants, poisons
  • Teaches how to be the leader of your pack
  • Uses clicker training to teach behaviors such as: sit, down, come, take it, leave it, off, gentle, leash-walking, etc.
  • Shows how to introduce dogs to other dogs, cats, or horses
  • Describes games to play with a puppy to socialize and teach new behaviors

"I was fortunate to read the ‘Tao of Puppies’ by Krista Cantrell, just before I was to leave on my trip to pick up my new puppy. It is one of those books you just can’t put down. It is not only informational on ways to work with your new puppy but also on the behavior of the puppy, our interaction with them, along with medical issues, puppy shots, nutrition, etc. It brought me back to my first experience with Montessori school when my little son was about to embark on his first journey. At that time it was such a new way of ‘thinking’ and since that first experience I have been seeking out more natural – gentle ways of living and working with my animals and people in my daily life. I have three horses along with my two dogs. I haven’t raised a puppy in 11 years and didn’t want to make the same mistakes I had made with my older dog. The ‘Tao of Puppies’ was so inspirational & informative in helping guide me to a more positive, gentle approach with my new ‘very active’ puppy. It is a must read for anyone whether they are training a new puppy, older dog, or just want to inspire themselves in their own daily life & interaction with others.

Pierette Wesley"

Excerpt from Tao of Puppies: How to raise a good dog without really trying:

The term “wu wei” (pronounced “woo way”) describes actions that occur without force, pressure, or stress. Wu wei does not demand, it allows. A person who uses force insists a boxer “lie down.” She holds on to a leash and places her foot on the section of choke chain near the dog’s neck. As her weight bears down on her foot, it increases pressure around the boxer’s neck, and causes the boxer’s body to sink to the ground. A person who understands wu wei recognizes that boxers love to eat. Instead of force, he lures the boxer into lying down with a tasty piece of freeze-dried liver.

Wu wei works with a puppy’s inner nature, not against it. Puppies love to play, eat, run, chase, explore, and interact. If you recognize, accept, and follow canine instincts, drives, and desires, you raise a happy puppy who learns quickly. You don’t get frustrated teaching the puppy how to “sit,” “down,” “come,” or “roll over” because you follow the puppy’s lead. Wu wei helps you join forces with the dog. No longer isolated in your efforts, you create a willing partner, friend, playmate, and pack member. The puppy readily responds to your requests because the puppy leads the way.

Wu wei operates without pressure, tension, and anxiety. You relax. Your inner sense awakens and you discover essential puppy wisdom hidden in canine cause and effect. You learn to take each situation as it comes, work with it, and not “get in your own way.” Your respect for canine wisdom grows good behavior, increases a puppy’s joy, and multiplies your happiness. By allowing, not forcing, puppies learn easily, and you experience tao.

Before I understood the concept of wu wei, housetraining puppies was a chore for me and my husband Jeff. Our dogs sleep on the floor in our bedroom. The advent of a new puppy requires that I place a piece of marine grade plywood over one section of carpet, cover the plywood with newspapers, and wrap a four foot high, metal exercise pen, or x-pen, around it. At night I place the puppy inside the new den with a bed, toys, and towel that smells like her littermates. In our house, Jeff has “night duty.” He wakes up every two or three hours and takes the puppy outside to eliminate. Over the next ten weeks, Jeff’s nightly bathroom wake up calls decrease. Eventually, he sleeps through an entire night without interruption.

Sleepless nights were not a problem when we housetrained Jet, our 9-week-old border collie. Jet’s breeder had taught her to eliminate in a litter box. We placed a plastic litter box lined with newspapers inside the exercise pen. During the night, when Jet needed to wet or poop, she used her litter box, and then went back to sleep. Jeff did not have to wake up once to take her outside to eliminate. Easy? You bet. Understanding wu wei took the stress out of housetraining Jet. We did not have to listen for restless movements or whimpers that meant she needed to eliminate. Instead, Jet housetrained herself. At night, we just “allowed” it to happen by providing a large x-pen, a clean litter box, and a puppy’s natural inclination to separate where she eliminates from her sleeping area.

During the day, we brought Jet outside and rewarded her for eliminating in the backyard. At night, Jet used the litter box. By the time Jet was 18 weeks old, she no longer needed to urinate or defecate during the night. We removed the litterbox from her x-pen.

By using a housetraining approach that understood wu wei, we took the stress out of housetraining, relaxed, worked with the situation, and got out of the way."

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Catch Your Dog Doing Something Right: How to train any dog in five minutes a day Catch your dog doing something right: how to tran any dog in five minutes a day


  • Covers five-minute and 10-second teaching techniques
  • Presents 15 exercises to discover how your dog thinks
  • Describes playSMART: a smart way to teach dogs through dog-friendly positive teaching methods
  • Uses food lures to teach behaviors such as: focus, sit, down, come, stay, stand, and leash-walking
  • Details how to solve common behavior problems such as: barking, mouthing, chewing, digging, fear, house soiling, hyperactivity, ignoring you, jumping, and leash pulling
  • Explains bodySMART: a smart way to touch your dog to relieve stress

From the Library Journal

Cantrell, a cognitive animal behaviorist, has created a dog-training method that will appeal to a wide variety of dog owners. Taking a holistic point of view, she points out that a dog (or any other creature) cannot learn if under inappropriate stress. She demonstrates in pictures and easy-to-understand language various techniques to assess a dog's learning style, reduce or eliminate unnecessary stress, and develop a deeper bond between dog and handler. While not all trainers will agree with her assertion that dogs think (like dogs, after all), basing her technique on sound principles of operant conditioning as well as New Age health philosophies certainly makes this a unique work that moves beyond training dogs to teaching them and developing a human-dog bond that really works. For all pet-care collections.

Excerpt from Catch Your Dog Doing Something Right: How to train any dog in five minutes a day:

"Five minutes is a long time when the entire lesson is focused and concentrates on bringing the best out of you and your dog. Experiment. Set your oven timer for five minutes and just sit there, doing nothing, waiting. How many seconds or minutes go by before you look at the clock for the first time or the third time? Imagine eating a bowl of ice cream for five minutes, or pretend that you are sitting in the dentist’s chair for five minutes while he drills your tooth. Both take five minutes, but which do you prefer? The content of your five-minute schooling sessions can be either fun for your dog or stressful. Plan them carefully and your dog will learn quickly, happily, and eagerly.

Five-minute sessions have three major advantages for you and your dog. First, you can conduct at least one practice session every day. Consistency creates responsive and reliable dog behavior. Second, you can focus the content on just one idea or behavior. Short sessions prevent dogs from becoming overwhelmed with too much information and too many directions. Third, your dog learns that schooling is fun because short, stimulating lessons maintain the dog’s excitement.

In five minutes you can teach dogs the mechanics of most behaviors, such as sit or down, and associate the physical action with a specific word signal. If you divide five minutes into ten-second schooling sessions, you could have thirty sessions. Imagine how fast your dog could learn to sit if you had thirty mini-schooling sessions every day. For example, at 7:00 am as Rex walks into the bathroom while you brush your teeth, you introduce “sit” for the first time with a food lure. Three more ten-second sessions and it’s shower time. After you shower, four ten-second sit sessions. In the kitchen before Rex eats his breakfast meal, you ask him to sit. Eureka! He gets a huge reward for that sit – breakfast. Later, on, when he nudges you with his nose for a little scratching, you ask him for another sit. By 8:30 am Rex has already had ten ten-second practice sessions before you leave for the day. In the evening, you can use your remaining three and a half minutes of practice time to work on sit again, introduce down, teach a trick, or start solving a behavior problem. If your schedule permits, you can plan more than one five-minute session during the day. When teaching takes just five minutes, there is always time for schooling your dog."

Soon available at a PETsMART store near you.

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Housetrain Your Dog NowHousetrain Your Dog Now


  • Provides a schedule, helpful hints, and habit forming tips
  • Gives six rules for quick learning
  • Describes tricks and techniques that make training easier
  • Covers paper training vs housetraining to help you determine which is better for your lifestyle
  • Describes five common housetraining mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Explains how to retrain the resistant dog
  • Contains special sections on city, suburban, and country dogs

Anyone who is trying to housetrain a dog knows that life can become messy in a hurry. Now animal behavioral therapist Krista Cantrell reveals how to make housetraining easy, fun, and rewarding with her step-by-step solutions to training dogs of all ages, sizes, and breeds. In Housetrain Your Dog Now, readers will learn:

  • How to housetrain in just fourteen days
  • Techniques and tricks that make training easier
  • How to avoid five common training mistakes
  • How to retrain the resistant dog
  • Solutions to common housetraining problems
  • How to train city, suburban, and country dogs

Complete with photographs and practical, hands-on instructions, Housetrain Your Dog Now promises an "accident-free" dog in just two weeks. This essential guide also offers hope to many frustrated dog owners by showing that housetraining doesn't have to be a chore but instead can be a bonding process to enhance relationships with their pets.

"Hi Krista

I am the proud new owner of a 12 week old goldendoodle- we currently also have a 16 year old chow/sheltie mix. When we adopted our puppy at 9 weeks old, I had forgotten all the basics of housetraining your dog…..I work full time, have three children and a very active life style. Things were not going well, we had constant messes throughout the house and our frustration level was very high.

I stopped at the library and picked up your book-“Housetrain your dog now” and am thrilled to tell you that your instructions have been very successful- thank you so much. We are now in a good routine with the pup, very little or no messes. The kids and my husband are helping out and maintaining the routine as well.

Thank you very much
Lisa and Bailey (the puppy!)"

Excerpt from Housetrain Your Dog Now:

"Idea #4: Follow the Gemini Rule
The common lament among frustrated doggy toilet trainers is 'I only stopped watching the dog for a couple of seconds when I opened the refrigerator door, answered the phone, or looked at my daughter’s homework.' Accidents happen when your attention wanders.
To appreciate the significance of two seconds, ask a person who avoided a car crash. To recognize the importance of once second, ask a racehorse trainer whose horse won second place. To realize the value of a millisecond, ask a swimmer who won the silver at the Olympics.
Paying attention requires more than your physical presence; it also demands mental awareness. If you cannot watch your dog while you wash dishes, change what you are doing or move the dog to his den.
You can’t go wrong if you follow the Gemini Rule. You are Castor; the dog is Pollux. You were single, now you are a pair. Like twins, you are his shadow; day or night you are near him. The secret to his behavior is to stick close. You cannot teach a dog if you are not with him."

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