One of my hesitation for trying to leash train Brut better (heel and loose leash) is that I don't want to give up those times when he needs to lead me. I also have wavered because there are times that Brut and I need to just walk, regardless of how. It hit me while we were doing our first training session, that I could give him a command that lets him walk like we always have. I use this as a reward after training and it has worked out great. It takes the pressure off my conscious of trying to change everything at once and also allows me the wiggle room that I need. It is so great to have such a freedom.
One of the mental blocks I've had about leash training Brut is the constraint of never being able to go for a regular walk until we are through training. The thought of walking up and down the road over and over until he learns was almost mind numbing. If I can't do it, Brut can't do it. This "free" walk has opened countless doors of possibilities because it isn't just a reward for Brut, but for me as well.
And that my friends is a blessing for both of us!!
Ready whenever you are Mom!!