With Minka after trying a few walks with her we had to roll it back. She was similar. She'd jump and lunge at everything. If there was a bird she'd go berserk. Squirrels, cats, other dogs, and she would SCREAM and pull like a horse trying to great other people. So we just kept it to our yard and worked on lots of direction change and stopping. Random stuff that made her pay attention to me. If you don't have a yard, practice indoors if you need to. When she got that down we went to the least crowded track in town and walked, she did pretty good. Stepped up to the closer and more crowded one, she would still lunge, alert and pull towards many things/people, but not as often. She got old enough we started using a Herm Sprenger prong collar after properly introducing it to her. We sized it, make sure it was snug and high on her neck/just behind her head as it's supposed to be, rather than low on her neck/near the shoulders. She walks like a dream. Perfect heel position, never scents or pulls, never zig zags and automatically sits every single time we stop walking for any reason at all. There's never any pressure or tension on the leash, it hangs in the shape of a J. After the first few minutes of the first walk (she objected once or twice) with it was all gone. Now she's to the point where no matter the distractions we can drop the leash and she doesn't leave heel, still sits every time we stop without having to say a word to her. Doesn't matter what's going on nearby or even in the distance.
You'll get there. You just have to take baby steps. And if you think the pup has learned, step up. If it still exhibits problem behavior, step back and practice more. It's a process, and it's not always fun. But when things finally work and the puppy gets it, it feels incredible. Both you and the puppy will be proud and happy.
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Whelp Date: Feb 11, 2018
Correct bad behavior, don't redirect. Redirecting is rewarding, not resolving.