Heidi is walking nicely on a leash now and is learning cues such as sitting at a heel position when I stop walking and also sitting "near" the front when she comes to me. I think leash walking is a great way to emphasis to Heidi that I am the alpha figure above her. By walking on a leash she has no choice, at least while she is still small, to go where I go. I noticed today that this is beginning to pay off when I tried to get her in a "down" position from a sitting position. She willingly let me place her in a "down" without fighting me. Previously it was a small battle. Because this is a breed that likes to assume the role of alpha, I take this as a small victory since alpha dogs don't willingly like to placed in subordinate positions.
I love puppies of this age. They seem so willing to please and try so hard. I have no doubt though that all this will change in another few months when she enters that pre-adolescent period where puppies seem to LOVE to exercise their independence. For now though, she enjoys our "training" time because she is the center of attention.
Heidi also went back to the vet this past week for a second round of puppy shots and a visit with the staff.