Hiya I've decided to make a diary about my journey through loose lead training. I'll try and update it daily so that people can see my journery through it and also help and guide others who are loose lead training. Here's some history about Ollie: He's a Chocolate Roan English Cocker Spaniel castrated male, nearly 3 years old. He's pulled all his life, knows the heel command but haven't been able to implent it to everyday life, just doing it in terms of obedience work. I'm doing loose lead training on a normal flat collar, and using the 300 peck technique (https://sites.google.com/site/lucysdogblog/300-peck-pigeon) and also "stopping when dog pulls and lure dog back to heel position" technique. Day 1: (yesterday) First session loose lead training. Put Ollie on a flat collar and a short-normal length lead. Lured Ollie into heel position, said heel and walked forward. I gave a treat every step, rewarding with good boy and saying heel after each treat, so he associated the heel command with being in the heel position and in walking pace. (Ollie knows the heel position but I was just reinforcing it before progressing). After about 30 seconds of doing this, I said his release command (which is "OK") to let him know that he can be released from the heel position and that he can sniff and do what he likes AS LONG AS HE DOESN'T PULL. If he pulled, I stopped immediately, waited until he looked at me, and lured him back to heel position (even when he was in release mode). The session ended well, with getting up to 4 steps between treats. Day 2: (today) Ollie was great today, as soon as I put his special collar and lead on, he was in the mode, and didn't pull me out the back door like he usually does. All it took was for me to say "ah" and he stopped and came back to heel position which was fantastic. Even though he really wanted to get to the bottom of the garden to bark at some pigeons, he stayed at heel and if I said "Ollie" or "ah", he came back to heel. Sometimes he reached the end of the lead and i just stopped and he quickly came back to heel. I did the full length of the garden and back (about 120m) in heel, treating every 8 steps. Going great so far. I'm going to do heelwork in the garden only for the moment until I'm treating every 20 steps and then I'll introduce it to outside. :lol: I hope this diary helps others.