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Going for a walk

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Lately I've been reading about a walk being "the dog's time", and that they shouldn't have to walk in the heel position. When I walk Harley, I don't allow her in front of me, and keep her on a pretty short lead. I bought her a prong about a month ago, and we use it for walks. I use the method of a quick collar correction when she's off track.She's learning well, and sticks close w/out pulling. I read about it being "her time" and thought I'd cut her some slack. I held only the end of her 6 foot leash, and lo and behold, in about 10 seconds I had my 65lb. Bully pulling me down the street. Does training have to be "complete" before they can be "on their own time"? (And is a dog's training ever complete?) Is there a "correct" way to walk the dog? Thanks.
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My dogs have a command when they are allowed to break heel and go off and explore on their own. Until that command is given, they are at a heel. After I recall them, they are at a heel. But as soon as they get the command to take the lead, they can go ahead and explore and sniff.

Personally I think its easier for your dog to be at a heel until it's properly trained to listen. From there you can add different things in for the dog. You need a foundation to build on before you can get to a level where you can trust the dog to go do its thing and to reliably return to your side when you tell it to.

Whatever you choose to do its up to you. As long as you are comfortable with the situation and neither you or the dog jeopardizes anyone else its cool.
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