Now, for the not-so-fun-part. My dog has poor leash manners. I tend to avoid this topic because I'm not motivated to change it, I manage her when in public and we use(d to) use an x-back harness for walks in not-crowded public places. And I used an Easy Walk if I was feeling less lazy (the rate of reinforcement needed for the EW is actually pretty low, because I did attempt to train that a couple times in the last few years). A Gentle Leader was put on if we were going to be in a super crowded place.
The missing component? Teaching my dog to walk on a loose leash reliably.
The reason? I'm lazy and she got far better exercise running on property at home.
The justification? I'm lazy (What? Isn't that what all good trainers say?)
We were REALLY GOOD at walking in town this winter for exercise. We always went when nobody else was bound to be out, so we rarely had an issue that required her to be on a short leash at my side. Not irresponsible, but good planning I think!
Anyway, this post isn't to complain (rather... to brag!) because I've actually been training my dog! Her exercise(s) include 20-30 minutes of Leashed Walking (UFN) twice a day. How handy is it that I feed twice a day. How nice is it that she's eating kibbles that are easy to handle. I'm actually training my dog to do something practical! We do some sit stays occasionally, but no formal heeling (in fact, I do NOT click/treat if I'm getting eye contact--I want that body to stay as straight as possible), just some casual, loose leash walking.
Just don't ask about the rate of reinforcement for this whole Loose Leash Walking phenomenon yet, we've only had three sessions!
Bailey has woe.