We have a 9 1/2 month old, and when absolutely necessary, when I am out with the kids he is on the lead, but if it's not - he is off lead. I know I am lucky where I live that I have a lot of options for doing this.
She's 7 months and walking is a nightmare. I have 3 kids that like to ride there scooters bikes etc in front of us but all the dog does is bark and yap really loudly for the whole walk unless everybody is in line or behind her I've tried distracting her treats and stopping untill she calms down but as soon as we set of again she starts to bark. Would greatly appreciate any tips you have to help the situation and enjoy are walks thank you