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Old 08-21-2014, 04:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I'd like to get back into the swing of Heelwork with Patton. We took a little break to focus on other things (like dock diving and disc) but since the seasons are changing, I'd like to improve our heelwork finally.

I took this video on the fly last night. Wasn't planning a session, but he was pretty interested in doing something, so I put some treats in my pocket and hit record. Best session I've gotten out of him in a while, from my point of view!? I've never trained a formal heel on a dog before, so I'm a total newb when it comes to this.

Any help would be great. What to change/add/subtract.

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I'm not being critical, but just something to think about and because its something I'm trying to be aware of. The little breaks in concentration, like where he drops food. I want to try and have a clear beginning and end keeping the intensity up till I clearly release and leave the position. Does that make sense?
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I totally know what you mean and definitely agree! It's one thing that I do really consistently in every facet of our training except for heelwork. I'm not sure why! But I was recently thinking about how I needed to be making that clear. Perfect suggestion, thanks!
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Can anyone else give some constructive criticism?
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Hey DJ, something else thats not really a criticism, just something I keep in mind. I know you just turned on the camera, spur of the moment, but I don't like doing any heeling inside like that. Nothing beyond attention work. As soon as you're going to move, I want it outside, in drive. I'd rather have forging then lagging.
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I can't see the video. I can't critique but i want to see what Steve meant
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I agree with getting outside, longer strides will show the dog better. Adding distractions besides the bones/toys on the floor may be a challenge for a younger dog.
I couldn't hear many of the verbal communication over the music, so don't know if he was offering or doing what he was commanded.
I like to mix up the positions, keep the dog guessing on what comes next.
His heel position/focus is nice! Agree with not letting him sniff for dropped treat.
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can you post a full link to it? I'm getting forwarded somewhere weird
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wO2pREyv3o8
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thank you!! this works
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