So Samson has been in leash training since the day I got him at 10 weeks.
At 10 weeks, he was fine.
Somewhere around 16 weeks, he began pulling, and it did not stop.
He is now 11 months and not much better. He is incredibly smart and knows tons of commands, including wave, circle, down, play dead, bow, limp, wait, and many more. I have tried to teach heel. No progress.
I begin by clicker training, then move to voice/movement. I always use positive reinforcement, with positive corrections once he knows a command.
We walk 4+ times a week. I have tried clicker, rewards, slight jerks, stopping when he pulls, turning the opposite direction when he pulls, making him sit next to me when he pulls. Nothing has worked. I have tried a front lead harness, regular collar, and now a slip lead.
I had a trainer who has worked with the local K9 unit on their training come out to try and help us. He told me Samson is very stubborn and to try a gentle leader and the slip lead and to jerk the gentle leader when he pulls. The trainer said this would help because Samson would hate the gentle leader.... I'm not a fan of this idea, and I'm not sure I agree that Samson is stubborn.
I don't let him go through doorways ahead of me, walk ahead of me, walk into my path, etc. He's very docile most of the time, but he just pulls non-stop.
If there are people, other animals, dogs, anything remotely interested, he lunges after it. Which starts to hurt the arm after a couple times.
Any suggestions for him? I'm totally out of ideas.