My dog always walked at my side or a little in front of me, both positions allow me to see her clear and predict if she is sensing a dog nearby. She used to be slightly to moderately reactive. But after she was attacked by a large pitbull, she became super reactive, even to small dogs. So I like to have her in my sights so I can read her body language, etc.
She also acts like she hates her harness. I currently use a harness which is worn behind her front legs and another piece which attaches at about a little before her middle. The harness ring is located at the bottom of her neck and attaches to the ring of her Martingale collar and the combo is clipped together for more humane control. But I guess for the last 6 weeks to 2 months, she runs away when I try to put it on. If I tell her to come, she begrudgingly does so but with a sad look on her face.
Out on a walk, she seems to fight me to sniff everything plus look around for dogs. She continually tries to stay about 1 and a half to 2 feet behind me unless I tighten up the leash.
I cannot figure out what is really bugging her or how to help her.. . Please advise