Whether you use a collar or harness, leash training is the same! I don't use corrections for leash training, so it doesn't really matter what the lead is attached to.
Vera's comment made me realize something--I was expecting to have problems! I was expecting pulling and tugging and wildness. My initial thought was "You don't use corrections? Don't you need to? Aren't they going to fight the leash?" Well, maybe with adult dogs who have had poor training experiences but pups whose first experience will be with me...it got me thinking.
I noticed that the pups follow me naturally. I can't walk down the hallway without pups chasing after me. I think they truly look at me as "momma dog" and as such, they want to walk with me. So, I took the pups out one at a time so they wouldn't distract each other and kept the leash loose. I decided I needed to give the pups all the time they needed to complete the walk. I gave myself a "no tugging, no pulling on the leash" rule. I figured they would just follow me the way they do in the house.
It was awesome!!
Peggy trotted with me the whole time! I walked at a slightly brisk pace so even though she stopped to sniff at a couple things, she came with me right away when she realized I wasn't stopping and moving away from her. Joe was a little more unsure and more easily distracted but he eventually walked with me. I made the mistake of using a treat to try to get him to move and since I have taught them to sit for treats that totally backfired because he kept sitting for treats during the last part of the walk
Thanks, Vera! You gave me some new insight in working with my fosters!