My spaniel walks very well on a leash. He gets a little overexcited when we first leave the yard, but usually after about a block he falls into walking right by my side on a slack leash. We'll usually walk like this for a half mile or so and then I'll say "release" which is his word to go off and explore (as long as he keeps up with me). I don't have any problems with him walking around smelling the ground, the trees, etc... except for the fact that he has a tendency to walk right in front of me causing me to nearly trip on either him or the leash. Sometimes he zig zags right in front of me making it even more difficult. He's a sharp dog he just hasn't been taught the "don't trip the food source" trick. I want him to be able to explore while we're walking I just don't want to trip over him while he's doing it.