I don't so much walk my dog, but rather, she winds up pulling me around the block. How can I get her to settle down and make this a more pleasant experience for the two of us?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
It sounds like your dog becomes dominant when she is out on her walks, so you need to establish on-leash leadership. Sometimes canines are so excited and happy to be out that they become distracted and seemingly forget any earlier training.
Whenever this happens, refocus your dog's attention by gently flicking the leash and using a verbal command, such as uttering your dog's name in a low, disparaging tone. Once you've gained her attention, provide verbal praise and encourage her to keep walking. Vary your pace on walks to turn the activity into a stimulating game for your pet.
In addition, because dogs are very attuned to noises, try shuffling your feet to indicate that you plan to stop walking soon, such as when approaching an intersection with a stoplight. When changing directions during the walk, cue your dog with a gentle leash tug first to indicate a turn is coming. More control on your part and constant dog-directed communication like this can help to keep your pet in order.