I just got done walking Billy and he didn't pick up a single thing off the sidewalk! Not even a leaf! :D I think I getting some where with him. I really think my boyfriend lets him get away with anything when they walk.
I had my sister walking her boyfriend's dog so we were walking really fast. He's a lab that likes to jog with them. Billy only went in front of me once at the beginning of the walk, keeping me from going forward. I think it was him getting too excited, but after I stopped and ignored him, refusing to walk, he sat down, I said "good boy" gave him a treat and started walking. Every time he he would get distracted I would stop and he would go to my side and sit :D that made me really happy. Then we would walk again. It was a great walk after about 4 corrections to pay attention to me. Smooth all the way home. I'm happy! And now he's passed out on the tile :D