Jamie, The Dog Listener is a very good book, it has a lot of very useful info. She gives the reader a view into the commumity the dogs came from the "pack" and how it applies to people their dogs. I believe it addresses some of the issues you are experiencing. I read parts of it before we picked up our doodle, Lani, 6 weeks ago. Bella sounds very smart indeed. Good luck.
Here is a suggestion from our puppy class. The heel or steady (what our class uses) is taught standing still not walking the first week. I had to take Lani in the yard because she did not pull on the leash in the house. This is directly from our weekly training sheets.
Standing still let the dog walk around or do whatever she wants except jump on you or anyone else or bark unnecessarily. The instant that you feel the dog pull or tug on the lead command HEEL or STEADY, pop him back and immediately praise the dog. NO TREATS DURING THIS EXCERCISE. IT is essential that you praissse thd dof after each correction. repeat the excercise everytime your dog pulls or tugs you. Note: the STEADY/HEEL exercise MUST be done standing in place the first week. Practice this excercise in a distraction free area the first day, then expose your dog to some distractions so your dog learns not to pull you regardless of what is happening. This excercise cannot be taught correctly if you are walking around. You are ready to walk your dog when your dog stops pulling on the lead when you are standing still. Hope this helps.[/color]
I have found that this has helped Lani. When we are walking if she is having trouble with "steady" I will stop and spend time in one spot doing corrections until she settles down again. I hope that Bella is feeling better soon!
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