Lead Walking - Broken man
I am a broken man (well not quite) & need some help.
Fritz is 2 years old, we got him at 10 months & ever since that time I have been working hard to improve his lead walking, with to be pretty honest very little improvement.
I used a gentle leader for a while but he continued to pull. I have tried stopping when he pulls & then only moving on when he backs up, but again he never seems to get the message. I am currently using & have for some time a check chain (formerly known as choke chain) & used various techniques with the chain to get him to stop pulling, but, alas, he still pulls as if the choker doesn't affect him at all.
Here is an example, yesterday I took him for a 12k walk through the woods & for the entire time he was pulling on the chain, didn't let up at all!
However, if I drop the lead, he will stop, turn around & trot right back to me like a good dog, with a look on his face that says......yeah aren't we having lots of fun!!!!!!!
He gets a lot of exercise, for instance over the last 3 days it has gone something like this, sat - 3 hours uphill hike through the woods, Sun - 2 hour uphill hike through the woods, Monday - 12k walk as mentioned above. I always make sure he is calm before leaving the house.
Any advice would be great, I'm running out (run out) of ideas.