The only way to stop a behavior is to make it uncomfortable to do it. In your case it means no moving at all no matter how long it takes if the dog isn't in position. Although this technique works I personally found it took too long and was more frustrating for me than for my dog! The idea of turning around and walking the other way had it's limits as my dogs thought it was part of a game. It worked until there was a competing motivator, like a critter or another dog or a really interesting scent, that made it worth it to them to leash pressure me (tugging) to get to the thing that was more interesting than me.
Treats are to encourage a good behavior but you've seen the good behavior ends after the treat is eaten. To be fair, many of us use the treat as a release. When we ask for something like a "sit" once the treat is given the sit is released. Like a game of tug, the reward marks the end of the asked for behavior. If you want the behavior to continue you need to ask for it again. If you want to use rewards only you'll have to give your command, take a few good steps, reward, give your command and take a few more good steps, reward, repeat. It will work but you won't be taking any long walks for awhile. Not everyone has that kind of patience.
This is why we went with a prong collar. Yes, dogs can be trained without them but using the prong made the process faster and we could enjoy long walks together much sooner. No yank and crank with the prong, just a natural discomfort from pulling. If motivated enough, a dog will still pull wearing a prong. But they won't choke themselves like they will with a martingale or flat collar.
For sniffing plants, bushes and grass trap scent very well. Walks are be all about smelling everything. We look around, they sniff around. For a stubborn sniffer I give the collar a quick tug and a move along command. If my dog ignores me I walk into their head, pushing it aside from the smell with my lower leg...slowly but firmly. I then give the move along command and reward when they catch up with me. If they come with me right away even if they really really like the scent, I might praise them and let them return to the smell as the reward.
Also bring a toy! You have to be interesting during a walk. Imagine yourself walking with a human friend. If your friend doesn't say anything and is boring, how long will you pay attention to them before you start looking around or thinking about heading home? Same with your dog. If you are boring they'll start looking around for something more fun to do. You don't have to be a circus clown. Sometimes your dog has to behave "just because" but over all they should enjoy the process of being with you.
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Last edited by car2ner; 11-15-2018 at 06:23 AM.