My 17 month old lab is very smart, has learnt lots of commands and is very eager to please me most of the time. He's at home with me all day, so we've developed a great bond, which I'm sure helps with training. We've just finished a puppy/bridging class and he did really well, and I even managed to get a handle on his reactivity to the other dogs in class and a reliable recall (in class). His, or should I say my biggest challenge with him is getting a nice lead walk that doesn't only involve staying in the middle of the road or bike path. I have worked on loose lead walking with him and he gets that being close to me often results in a treat. He's super greedy, so generally kibble and carrot work just as well as hotdog, so I don't think that is the issue. It's not that he pulls forward so much as sideways, or to any patch of grass, pole or hedge. I've tried the 'walk x paces, then click and treat', but I guess i need to mix it up a bit more because he kind of anticipates these moments, stays engaged for a few seconds longer in case i'm feeling super generous, then dives off to the side. It tends to go better if I jog with him now and again and of course I give him 'go sniff' breaks, but it's all just really unpleasant and I long to go back to the days where I could walk with him off lead, he could sniff to his hearts content and would just run back to me, if i got too far ahead or called. I stopped off leash walking in the forest because as he got older it got harder to call him away from other dogs and then he became obsessed with other dogs' scents and practically dragged me home one day, then ran 2 fields away from me to another dog, the next. Will we ever be able to walk calmly on or over grassland on a lead without me risking a sprained wrist? Food is not as exciting as animal scent at the moment. Is it just his age? Should I be working on recall with a long lead at the same time as loose lead walking? Just a bit confused which problem to work on first. Sorry for the long post!