This is OP’s dilemma
OP narrated how they came to owning the GSD mix
And what kind of struggle she was having in terms of getting his dog to follow kindly
A lot have lent their opinions and advice to OP which she was really appreciative of
One of the best pieces of advice they offered is for OP to give her dog two kinds of distinguished walks, a walk where the dog needs to play nicely and another one where he can do what he wants
There’s an agreement with this from other Redditors.
This one shared their experience on how to...
reward their dogs while also tiring them out.
Adventure walks that tire dogs out would...
also mean that both of you will have peace
This dog has a default sniff or pull kind of walk
She isn't food or toy motivated so they had to use different measures
Things that mentally challenge her but she still always pull
OP asks how she can balance the two kinds of walks
There’s also a suggestion of using cue words so the dogs know when and where to enjoy
There might be a difference in what a nice walk means for other owners...
but it would be helpful if they can work their way to longer intervals
OP agrees and would just like to work on their walk so his dog would be less distracted
Someone pointed out that OP’s GSD mix’s behavior is understandable...
as they also have one of their own who exhibits the same trait
The traits of dogs can vary depending on what breed they are. So most times, it’s all trial and error until you achieve what works for both you and your pet.
Luckily there’s an abundance of pet owners who are willing to share their experiences with other people. For OP, it’s just a matter of finding what applies best to her pet and sticking with it.