It occurred to me recently how pleasurable walking my dog has become. I remember those first 6 months of having this dog. The pulling, the sore shoulders, the pain, wondering what the heck I was doing with this dog. I had wanted this dog to be my walking companion, but I was having second thoughts. The big change was discovering in the spring of 2011 that she did better being walked on her harness. She doesn't pull nearly as much.
Now, unless there is a squirrel or another dog (and not even any dog, just some other dogs), walks are a joy.