I have been struggling the last several months with my leash reactive male Blaze. He is one years old. He’s on the large size 35 plus lbs and a very strong puller, also very reactive when other dogs are out on our walks. I will add that he loves doggie daycare and I believe his behavior on a leash is because he wants to “meet” the other dog. The few occasions where the other dog got close enough and they sniffed each other he wanted to play. Of course, no dog walker would want to approach us when seeing his behavior. I tried the Halti collar which he hated. Kept rubbing his face on the ground. Also did the Freedom no pull harness which didn’t help much and he chewed it up. He is now on the Gentle leader. Works somewhat but he still lunges pretty bad but not as bad with regular leash. I use a double ended leash that also attaches to his collar so I can control it better and avoid his neck snapping. I’m trying to correct his leash reactivity by doing positive training, treats, refocus, turning the other direction if I see a dog in time, etc., with little success. But the other issue is that he runs when I bring his leash out to walk him. I did all the treats and gradually introduced the Halti, Gentle leader and harness. I’m sure he likes his walks but I have to try to be very sneaky and corner him to get it on him. He really takes the joy out of walking. Funny thing is he used to come when I held up the regular leash that I used without the Gentle leader. The only obvious difference between the two leashes is one is blue and the other is black (ha and my husband says dogs are color blind). Now he runs from that too. Think he was on to my bait and switch. He is an only dog and even though my husband and I are retired, I feel guilty that he gets bored and I think walks are good for all the obvious reasons. I had hoped when I got him right after I retired that he could go many places with me but I avoid that for fear of running into other dogs. I envy people that can walk a calm dog and take them to places like Petsmart and Lowes. Would more exposure get him desensitized and improve this behavior? The book Feisty Fido recommends avoiding all reactive situations until you can retrain him then gradually introduce those situations a little at a time. Would be nice if there were volunteer strange dogs that could gradually approach him a little bit closer each time walking. Very unrealistic advice IMO. But I have been turning the other direction when I see another dog on our walks. Not sure what it’s accomplishing in the long run. This is becoming a consuming issue for me. I feel I have tried everything except the prong collar option which I don’t want to do, at least at this point.