My 2yrs 8 month old cocker bitch is a great dog far beyond my expectation.
She enthusiastically retrieves, quarters, flushes, waits, stops / drops to whistle, returns every time to the whistle and heels perfectly - off the lead. But put a lead on her - either a slip lead or a muzzle type - and she pulls like buggery. It's as of she doesn't understand the word!
Off lead she will walk to heel for long distances without repeat commands, but on the lead I'm getting a bit frustrated and I don't want to lose my patience with her because that will undoubtedly be counter productive.
We've tried treats, different leads, sticks held just in front of her, short leads, long leads, separate (non-routine daily walk times) walks - everything we can think of but all without any signs of improvement.
I'm really grateful for the excellence in all the important matters but any suggestions to get my dog to heel on the lead (apart from get a labrador) will be really appreciated.