Loose Leash, forging forward after treats
I've been trying to clicker train my 5 month old to walk with a loose leash, next to my left side.
I started with a lot of luring to the right position, in addition to stopping immediately if he forges ahead. He knows now that if I stop moving, I don't start again until he is sitting on my left, facing forward, looking at me. He also knows that walking next to me is when he gets the click/treat (c/t). I've been giving him the treat next to the side seam of my pants, to encourage him to stay there (my goal is anywhere from his shoulder to nose in line with my knee, and always on the sidewalk, he can only go on the grass by invitation).
So I take a step, if he's in position I c/t while moving. We keep going at a reasonable pace, but as soon as I push the treat in his mouth, he forges ahead (while chewing). So I stop, and wait a couple seconds. Either he comes to my side, or he stands at the end of the lead and I turn around and walk the other direction (then c/t when he catches up and is walking in position).
So he walks really nicely until I c/t, and then he's gotten the reward so it's like he thinks why keep walking here? I had been treating for returning to my side, but have stopped doing that if it's because he forged forwards while chewing. We can go about 5-8 steps without c/t and he'll walk nicely, but then he gets distracted and pulls in one direction or another.
Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks.