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Heeling isn't the same thing as not pulling. Teaching to heel is NOT something you can do that fast, you need to build up properly on the steps starting with focus.

How bad does the dog pull? I wouldn't want to use a prong with a 7 month old. I personally don't like the headcollars because when the dog does pull it torques the neck. I think the best method for the puppy is teaching them slack lead = forward movement while pullling = no movement. However this isn't a quick method either. If there was another adult to walk the dog I'd be more willing to use a prong, I don't like the idea of prong on a 7 month old dog plus children using it. A prong can be abusive if not used correctly, or not helpful at all. I think this may be what pinkanml was getting at when asking if you would be coming along as well.
 
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