Thank you in advance.
I let my dogs walk out in front of me, it's very hard for us to all walk next to each other without being taken out by a car because I live semi-rural and there are no side walks, we're on the road.
If I say heel they come back to heel, if I say gait, we break into a gait. We stop at curbs, the dogs sit, I look for traffic, say Ok and we cross.
I don't allow them to pull me along in a walk, there has to be a loop in the lead out to them (each dog on 6ft lead).
When I am training I use a training command "work", I also have a release command "free". I generally train the dogs separately. Our evening walk is for fun.
I generally say to new puppy owners to tone down the love meter and no freebies but that is because they are normally over the top. But I have come across really strict owners, one Dobe owner comes to mind, dog used to mouth owners hand while doing drops. When she told me how strict she was with her dog I told her to have more fun. No more mouthing.
Masha, just my thoughts with little Dora, but have more fun, concentrate on her confidence and forget training at this stage. This is just my thoughts, interpreted from your posts.
I might throw in more games once she's OK with the driveway. Hey, I can play some games there! Can't wait for your long post Angela
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