My girl is 11 months old. We walk her usually twice a day, but sometimes only once, because it's cold out. We walk to the park, which is 3 blocks from our house. At the park, she's off leash, playing fetch and getting some training for 30 min to an hour.
We use a martingale collar and keep the leash short enough, so that she's a step ahead of us at most. She never gets a loose leash unless we're letting her sniff at a spot of our choosing.
She likes to walk ahead of us, so she tends to pull. When she does, we either give a correction with pulling her back or we stop walking. When we do either of these, she sort of corrects herself. She'll kind of shuffle and move backward. But it only lasts for a second and three steps later, she's in a hurry, pulling again.
We've used a Prong collar and it works OK. It just makes her shuffle a lot. I can't stand it though, because it's hard on my hands and I can't get it on and off by myself, which makes it almost useless to me. We tried the gentle leader and she hated it. She wouldn't walk with it at all. We used a harness, with the leash on the back. It was not as good as the martingale.
It seems that she's just overexcited and distracted. She knows we want her to walk by our side, but it's not her priority. My question is, are we on the right track or should we be expecting more from her at this point? Should we be doing more? If so, what can I we do differently?
I'm wondering if it's just a matter of maturity. She's still a puppy and pretty great for the most part.