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Life on the Leash

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  1,070 ratings  ·  261 reviews
Must Love Dogs meets My Not So Perfect Life in this hilarious romantic comedy about a dog trainer who’s a master at managing her four-legged friends, but when it comes to her love life...let’s just say she still has a lot to learn.

Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Gallery Books
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Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 big old ginormous stars for this book from me! Any book that gives you chills at the end deserves a full sweep!

I loved everything about this book - not only did it appeal to my love of dogs but it was so, so much more. It was about the kindness and compassion of people like our main character, Cora, who have made such a difference in the lives of animals.

I have three rescue dogs myself, so this was especially close to my heart. The message here is an important one. It was also a realistic de
Jun 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Happy pub day to this fantastic furry read!! Get your hands on this.

Oh my gosh this was such a fun and adorable book!! First off... LOVE the title of this book and the cover!

Life on the Leash is a perfect mix of humor, love, friendship, and even a lil mix of romance :) You can help but love on your main character Cora. Cora has her own dog training business in Washington D.C and has such a huge heart helping her fellow dog companions. Cora finds an amazing opportunity to audition for a tv show
Holly  B
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
 Cora is a successful dog trainer and her love of dogs is a priority in her life, but could Mr. Right be in her near future?

Cora spends all her time training dogs for clients that really have no clue about dog ownership (yes, we do have to train them to potty outside).  She is a hero to the dogs she helps and she has the special touch it takes to understand the pups.  The one thing that is missing from her life is that special man (he needs to be a dog lover of course).  One of her new clien
Berit Talks Books
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, net-galley
4 aDORABLE stars and a big sloppy kiss!🐶

*** Mini Review ***

This was such a fun book full of humor and heart and of course lots of fur babies! A perfect pallet cleanser in between all those dark twisted thrillers. Cora was a wonderful character someone you would love to call friend. She was kind and compassionate and not only to four-legged friends but to the two-legged ones as well.

This book had a little of everything humor, love, friendship, and even a reality television show. Cora is a dog w
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Maybe more of a 2.5. This was a fine little Rom-Com, but I definitely had more issues with it that I expected to. If you really, really love dogs you might like this, but overall it was just kind of.. meh.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher in a Goodreads giveaway. This in no way influenced or swayed my review.
Iryna *Book and Sword*
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, arc-s, ebooks
3.5/5 stars

This review wouldn't be complete without a picture of my own dog, so reading world, meet Luna (named after a Luna-cat in Sailor Moon).

The main reason as to why I picked this book up:
"Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She’s successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life."

Sure, the cover caught my eye too, but once I saw the words rescued pitbull I was sold. As an owner of a pitl
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-books
➳A sexy standalone romance filled with so much potential of readers falling in love with the characters...

➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review...

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4.5 Stars

What a delightful, heartwarming story! I had so much fun reading Life on the Leash

Victoria Schade has written a funny, refreshing, feel-good novel that is perfect for a lighthearted, quick read. Wait, did I mention there are dogs in the book??!! Oh, yes!! Lots of dogs, which is one of the main reasons that I picked this book up since I'm a huge dog lover and always have my 10-year-old black lab/pit bull mix Onyx right beside me (hogging the couch or bed) whenever I'm reading or writin
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
What a lighthearted sweet story! 4.5 Stars
When you’ve never read an author before, sometimes it can be a little disconcerting because you don’t know what you’re going to get. When I was looking at this to review, I thought it was a more of a women’s fiction. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this was actually a contemporary look at living life and a yearning for romance.

I love what the author did with the story. You take a ex-corporate girl who decided to follow her passio
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 Stars!

Victoria Schade is a new author on the scene. She's written a couple of books about dogs, Bonding with Your Dog: A Trainer's Secrets for Building a Better Relationship and  Secrets of a Dog Trainer: Positive Problem Solving for a Well-Behaved Dog , but Life on the Leash is a fiction book and I really liked her voice and writing style.

CORA BELLAMY is a dog trainer who believes in treating dogs humanely while teaching them to do what it is you want them to do. She spends so much time w
Charlotte Annelise
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

Rating: 4/5 stars

This book came into my life in perfect timing! I got a puppy about a week or two before this book unexpectedly came in the mail. Everything that the protagonist was saying related to my situation (chewing, eliminating inside and ruining furniture), so I even learned a few things. I was also grateful that a few of the things that happened in the book weren’t happening to me. For example, this one lady was keeping her puppy in her apartment and not taking her outside and not toile
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars.

Dogs + Romantic Comedy = made for me.
Everything about this book from the adorable cover art to the synopsis indicated that it should be meant for me. Unfortunately, Life on the Leash just wasn't everything I hoped for.

It's not that there's anything necessarily bad about this book except I honestly believe that it would have benefitted from some serious editing.

It's simply that the overall novel felt flat and tone deaf to me. It's disappointing because I was expecting something li
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Life on the Leash is the first novel by American dog trainer and author, Victoria Schade. Cora Bellamy’s dog training business is going well. She loves her job because she loves dogs and people and wants their interactions to be positive. Her emphasis is on love and compassion and reward, unlike the famous Dog Dictator, Boris Ershovich, whose tele-evangelist-like shows promote forced submission and punishment. Cora vents her anger over his methods on her anonymous blog, ChienParfait.

Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 3-star
3.5/5 ⭐ You can also find this mini-review on my blog righhhht HERE!


When this book turned up, I literally had no excuses to read it as soon as I could because I was in a serious mood for some contemporary romance and animals can always make your day better. Little did I know this book would have me on the brink of CRYING. Yes, animals make us sad too. Because it’s been a while since I read this book but I do have some awesome general thoughts on it, today I bring you a mini-review 😀 (let’s be h
Mavis Ros
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
“I wanted to help people do the same with their own dogs, to find that magic that transforms relationships.”
“So here I am. My life is all about animals.”

I was really careful when it comes to picking the right books to read. That’s why I didn’t get to read a lot of new releases last year. I don’t want to read it in a bad time.

Turns out this story had proved me wrong likewise.

See, the thing with this book was it felt so out of place that I kept having a hard time if I should still continue to rea
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Not gonna lie this was kind of a let down because I felt everything very inflated? Conversations seemed unnatural and nothing really happened except a lot of training dog cases and how dogs were being mistreated. Kind of sad to read. Romance was iffy between cora and Charlie and later on with Eli, it seemed rushed. But cute overall. I thought the book was also too long lol for what it was worth.
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
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Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I will put this disclaimer out there, I normally will NOT pick up a book if it relates to dogs. Even though I am obsessed with dogs, my heart can't take it if something happens to a dog in a book. With that being said, I ADORED and LOVED this book. I love me some romance, and this book was the perfect balance of that, along with the dog training, friendships, dogs, dogs, and more dogs! I don't have a single gripe. This book was utter pawfection! So please, if you love dogs, THIS is the book for ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun dog lovers book with a human romance. Cora has a dog training service in the Washington DC area and is happiest when she helping her canine customers. Her best friend, Eli is encouraging her to try out for a tv show looking for a dog trainer. Lots of training hints and solutions for common puppy problems. Cute story that’s fun to read. Victoria Schafer is a new author for me and I found her style quite refreshing.
Chanel Cleeton
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Charming and heartfelt, Life on the Leash will delight readers. The perfect book for dog lovers!
Stacey A.  Prose and Palate
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
Loved it!!! If you are a dog lover looking for a feel good read, this is it!!
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fun and very sweet. I can't imagine a dog lover NOT going gaga for this one. I loved spending time with Cora and all the dogs. The training bits were really interesting, and who can resist a cute pup. Lots of heartwarming things happened with the dogs, but I also enjoyed getting to know Cora. Her whole path from college to dog training was interesting, and I was cheering for her, when some really awesome dog related opportunities came her way.

There were two men vying for Cora's attenti
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
For dog lovers!
Kate Olson
(free review copy) LOVED all the dog stuff, got a bit annoyed with Cora's romantic decisions. BUT I loved all the dog stuff, so you know...........sigh. Maybe it just represents how I feel about the world in general? I love all the dogs and lots of people annoy me? Maybe so. Regardless, it's a decent contemporary fiction story that has great dogs. ...more
Angy Potter - Collector of Book Boyfriends
Audiobook Review: 4.5 Stars
Story: 4 Stars - Audiobook experience: 5 Stars

If you could sum up Life On The Leash in three words, what would they be?
Dogs, love, and friendship!

Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Cora and her dogs!! The one she owned and the ones she trained. I am not a dog person, but I support 100% the well being of pets in general and I felt connected with Cora in that regard. There’s another aspect of her character that made her so much lovable and mo
Cora is a successful dog trainer, fully in the camp of gentle methods and no tugging. Her bestie is a pit-mix named Fritz, who generously shares his affections with her roommate Maggie and a number of foster dogs that have come through their tiny Washington D.C. apartment. Having spent her time in corporate America, Cora created her dream job and started her own company and has a roster of successful and happy dog-owner partnerships. There’s only a couple of tiny burrs in her world of doing for ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I'm a very mellow person. In fact, there might only be two things that I can be extreme about: Animal rights and feminism. Before reading this book I never thought the two could come into any sort of opposition. But you see, as much as the animal lover in me loved this book, the feminist was seething at the many many sexist comments throughout the whole book. From women casually and constantly calling other women bitches and whores to the immediate judgments passed on female characters
Alicia Croft
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is like a low-rated chick-flick - you still finish it because its easy - its a kind of painful where you want to know the end - which could have been worse by far. It referenced sexism and feminism without being self-aware at all of the many ways it was so typically sexist, superficial, cliche and cringey.

I really dont like seeing people who dont respect couple's relationship boundaries -(view spoiler)
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I hated this so much I dug up my memories from six years ago of how to insert a gif into a goodreads review because this is absolutely necessary

I had fairly high hopes for this one which I think in part made it even more disappointing but this... was not good. This popped up on my radar late last year after I'd started getting into adult rom com novels and really enjoyed Roomies, Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating and The Hating Game - and it sounded like it would be perfect for me, a dedicate
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Victoria Schade has been a dog trainer and writer for over seventeen years. During that time her dog duties have included working behind the scenes on Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl as the lead animal wrangler, appearing on two seasons of the Animal Planet show Faithful Friends, writing dog training content and appearing in educational videos for NBC/Universal, Pet360, PawCulture and petMD, and writin ...more

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