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Congrats on your progress, it is a process for sure. If you don't use one, a front clip harness can help to manage her if/when she reacts and pulls. It takes away some of the leverage, and she won't be able to pull 'as hard', and yank you off your feet. I stash treats in my mitt, whichever hand I use to deliver the treat - minimizes the 'exposure' to the cold air. I also use a 'marker word' that tells the dog he has done the right thing, and a treat is coming ASAP! - so the 'speed' at which he gets it is not such a big factor. When it is so cold I can't bear to take my mitts off, it is usally too cold for him to be out any length of time, our activities are restricted to playtimes in the back yard, 'brain work' (teaching tricks or refreshing commands), or 'time off' in the house.
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