...at walking my dog? Riley is 6 months old. She has been learning to walk on a loose leash since she was about 12 weeks old. We have gone to puppy and basic obedience classes. She did so well they used her as the demo dog. For the last couple of weeks the problem is: she sees a leaf, she lunges. She sees a piece of trash, she lunges. She sees another dog, she lunges (to play of course). You get the picture. And, she seems to forget what loose leash means and is requiring much more freqent correction. This seems particularly bad lately (age related?). Plus she is getting strong enough to make it uncomfortable when she does this. When we walk I praise and treat frequently. We have a pretty constant dialog (I'm sure the neighbors think I'm nuts). When she lunges or pulls and doesn't respond to verbal correction I turn quickly in the opposite direction. I am thinking of switching to the gentle leader but I feel like it means I'm giving up. What do you think?