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I do both kind of walking with Loki. On our 20 minute walks before and after work, I let him sniff and mark to heart's content, because those walks are really about him. If we are going on a longer walk or hike, I will let him go potty, sniff and mark for about 10 minutes at the beginning and then ask him walk without stopping. We have taken several nice leash walking classes - I don't make him walk in a formal heal but he does stay close with no pulling. Instead of heal, I use "walk with mama" and then tell him ok when he can go smell, etc. I let him sniff and mark again at the end of the walk. I have worked up to about 3 miles with him. You will want to start with only very short walks until his growth plates close, and then work up to longer walks. Dogs like to please so he will keep walking with you even if he is tire.
BTW, I think males are more affectionate and females more independent.