Minnie and I have not quite conquered the loose leash walk yet. I feel like I've tried everything in the book. She doesn't pull me, really, she just HAS to be out in front of me, at the end of her leash (although not usually tight, but pushing it). We started leash training with a bunch of positive food rewards, which work only if I have it in my hand, and give it to her often enough. Otherwise she doesn't care and will go on ahead. I have tried turning around every time she forages past me, which works at first but then she just gets skittish and forages even more. I tried the long line Dikeman method, which works for longer lines but not when I shorten it up. The only time she will trot behind me is if she is REALLY REALLY tired. I run with her in the mornings now too, and she does stay pretty close to me then, but as soon as I slow down for the cool down she is out in front again.
I feel like physical stuff (corrections) doesn't really work well with her, because she just shuts down. Today we've started working with a clicker, no walking yet, just conditioning her to it. I would appreciate any help or suggestions!
Minnie - CGC