Newbie trainer here. I have been taking my 10 week old lab out on leashed walks around the neighborhood and need some advice.
I have only had her a week and I have been trying to get her socialized and introduced to the outdoors. Housetraining and crate training is going well. She travels well in the truck with a few barks here and there in her small plastic crate. She is learning "down" , "leave it" , and "no biting / barking". She has been wearing her flat buckle collar since day one (except when in the crate) and seems to be getting use to it although she still scratches at it once in awhile.
Anyway here is my problem. Foolishly I did not introduce her to the leash slow enough. I should had her run around the house and yard with it loose much more then I did. But when we started she did so well. We have gone on about six or seven shorts walks around the neighborhood from 4 city blocks to 3/4 of a mile. I did not keep much slack in the leash which really did not seem like a problem because she wanted to be as close to me as she could with out me stepping on her and it seemed to keep her from chewing on the leash. Although now I see this as a mistake. Late last night and this mornings walk she started to either pull back when we walked away from the house or pull ahead when we turned towards the house. This morning she started to sit down and would have been happy to had me drag her. When we we were heading towards the house she would try a bolt ahead. She pulled so hard she coughed once. I tried stopping, calling her back and resume walking but that just seemed like a game with her and we did not cover much ground. I did not yell or yank on the leash. My goal is to have her heel with a loose leash instead of taunt one.
So here is my question. Should I cease our walks, go back to step one having her run around the house with a loose leash to reintroduce her to the leash? Should I keep walking her and coaxing her with her puppy kibble when she pulls, go slower and make it more fun for her? Is ten weeks too young to expect her to honor the leash? I would appreciate any suggestions.