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Oh what a goof!
First off it might help to use the 'nothing in life is free' method with him. You can google that and get more info, but it boils down to he doesn't get toys, food, affection without going through you and 'working' for it. So if he wants to play ball, he has to sit or down before you'll throw it. If he wants to eat, he has to do a stay first.... instead of being handed his dinner and you throwing the ball for him just because.
Second, get a collar that works for him that will stay up behind his ears, not down near his chest. Go a different way each time you walk, change directions often and keep it brisk. If he decides to lay down in protest, having the collar up high will help give you more power, and you can 'pop' him to keep moving. I would take some good treats with you as well and give him treats as you walk, every so often. If he does his protest thing don't give in, you can take him by the collar and get him up and moving again if you have to, when he's gone a few feet reward with several treats. Ideally as he's starting to think about protesting you can pop a treat his way and keep walking, so he forgets he's trying to take control of things.
With the stroller, have treats on it as well, and teach him where you'd like him to walk (my guys either walk beside on the left side or behind the stroller) and give him just enough leash for him to walk there. Actually strollers work really well for dogs who pull, I just turn the stroller into them if they start to pull a lot, and they've all learned manners and where I want them to be. Plus anytime I stop the stroller I have them sit and I give more treats, so they don't mind if I have to stop and adjust anything - it means treat time!
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