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Could use a little more information, I'm just wondering if there are some separation issues. How is he at home. Does he become anxious if one of you leave? Offhand he could have been conditioned early to this routine and it has become a learned behavior. He might be superstitious ,ie something has scared him when he was with only you present. I think doing a lot of basic training while the other owner is present but further away. After that i'd see if the dog could volunteer in a walk situation to take a couple of steps with the leash handler and away from the other person, with the reward being turning and returning to the other person. Then build on distance. Also I would strongly suggest as part of the reward process ,to let the dog stop and sniff. That is more important and more rewarding than simply walking non stop. Dogs are creatures that use smell to a huge extent, and they enjoy this much more. Mental excercise is vital .
Dave and Molly
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