When I first got my Coonhound she would not walk on a leash. She would sit down, pull loose and buck. Then she started laying down and wiggling out of her harness. The second day we had her she backed of her collar, heavy duty harness, and got away. Since she weighs about 75 pounds I was not having fun pulling her home, or sitting in the grass for a half hour until she decided to get up. She actually sprawled out on the way across the street in our neighborhood one time and stopped a car. Luckily, the driver was patient. he rolled down the window and said "Is that a hound? That explains it."
I started researching about Coonhounds on the web and found that they are difficult to leash train and tend to roam. The bolt and try to run if they pick up a deer scent. Here I was in an apartment, in suburbia, wondering how to magically transport myself to a farm in the mountains, so this dog could have a suitable home.
But not to worry, we had a plan! We found that if we all walked Suri, she felt like she was in a pack and walked without a problem. We began to walk the same route everyday so she learned a routine and it became less distracting and novel. We coaxed her with treats and when she walked she was rewarded. We rigged up a martingale collar and looped the leash through the harness so she could not wiggle free.
My better half and I put a lot of effort into this and soon he was walking her alone during the day while I was at work. I was still afraid to go by myself because I thought I would lose her again. He was sick with the flu recently, and I had no choice but to take her out myself. I took a deep breath, rigged her up and left the house. Amazingly, I suddenly felt like I was walking with a show dog. She was walking by my side slowing when I did, not pulling or stopping, and looking so sharp that someone actually stopped me and asked me how I got my dog to walk so pretty. Now she prances like a show horse and the happiest times in my day are my dog walks. She is one of the best behaved dogs that I have ever had. Now if I could just get my diabetes to behave as well I would have it made!