Well some days are better than others but Luna just turned 6 months old and I'd like to get this leash training down pat! I use a martingale slip collar with a 5 foot bungie leash. At times I will let her lead (walk in front) but I take in slack often and slow her down to walk at my pace/beside me or slightly in front. I use "pops" to correct should she see another dog or bird or frog etc. and she usually gets the point.."I dictate the walk, I'M in control". Here are the issues I'm having.
Obviously we own a somewhat stubborn breed here but I've noticed that if Luna gets something in her mind (i.e. I want to go smell that bush) she is very persistent despite my corrections. The worst is obviously with seeing and wanting to meet/play with other dogs while on walks. She will pull and my correction of simply stopping and "popping" doesn't really register. She will just pull. harder.
Let's say we are stopped just hanging out in the grass (I live on a golf course and greenbelt and she likes to sit and watch the golfers tee off lol). When I decide it's time to go, I feel like I have to DRAG her which not only looks bad but can over time be harmful to her trachea. Now when I say DRAG I mean that I firmly pull her to let her know "we are leaving and you need to walk this way"...most times she understands and puts her ears back (so cute) and looks at me then quickly jots along as desired. Buuuut there are quite a few times where she simply refuses to walk and it has come to a point where she will lay down in the grass (she loves it as it's cool in this AZ heat) and sprawl out (lol see pic below) refusing to move! It's almost as if she wants me to deag her through the grass as it feels good and is a game!
Given what I've written here, can anyone give me any pointers/advice on how to get her to obey and not stop and sit or force me to drag/pull her when she has something in her mind/obsessing!
2nd photo is of her sitting and staring at a bush she wanted to smell for 5 minutes lol. Didn't want to budge...and trust me, I'm firm with her on the leash. Not firm to where her walks are not enjoyable though. She LOVES her walks!!!