|10-11-2013 01:07 AM|
This is very similar to what I am doing with Zoey now. I worked on "watch me" using treats, but being in Rally and the constant change in direction is making a huge difference. I wasn't sure I wanted her focusing on me 100% either, but she only does this when we work.
|10-11-2013 12:15 AM|
I actually watched half of that vid. I absolutely hate that kind of heeling where the dog is so focused on your face and eyes, that they seem to not to be watching anything but. I mean, how could a dog do police work if they are focused on the handler's face.
Then one day I was videotaped while doing a rally title run with Heidi, and she was doing this. I didn't even know it, because I was focused on the course, and what came next. But she was watching my every move and heeling perfectly.
How do you get there?
I think there are several different paths. Some people use food to solidify heel position. This guy seems to use that ball thing, and probaby doesn't let that dog play with that thing, except for training. It is his special treat for training, and you can see how much that dog loves it. He has the dog totally engaged, and uses the reward to excellent effect.
One thing you can do to train good heeling skills, is to do it in small chunks. Rally is actually good for this, and training dogs in rally, I have a few that I can heel on lead or off, through distractions, up town. But the beginning is to take them a few feet, and then change directions, a few feet and change directions. Praise when the dog does it right. Don't let the dog get bored. Just like you start close when doing a stay, you keep the dog engaged by heeling tiny distances and changing directions, and praise the changes. The dog becomes focused on you, on your face, in order go watch for direction changes. As he gets good at this, you increase the length of heeling before you change directions. This works because you are already praising and treating intermittently, before you are walking a dozen feet or more in one direction before changing.
Starting out by walking around the block and expecting the pup to heel perfectly the whole way, is like starting the stay by sitting the dog and walking 100 feet away, and staying there for 5 minutes. But people do this, all the time. They train heel by forcing the dog to heel long distances, instead of starting short, and increasing the distance.
|10-10-2013 11:18 PM|
my life would be complete if...
obedience Jasper - YouTube
...i could teach my dog true attention heeling!!!!!!! how is this taught? through food or a ball? and at what age can one expect their dog to actually achieve this? i mean the dog is completely focused on its handler and adjusts to the handlers position. nothing is more impressive to me then this. i could see myself eventually teaching my dog to down, stay, sit, etc in a field but this type of heeling seems unachievable. most dogs would just sniff the grass and explore. how is such focus achieved? does anyone have any tips? how much time is required to shape the dog into this position? the dog in the video is about 1.5 yrs old.
anyone with actual experience have any tips? if i could achieve heeling like the one in that youtube video, my life would seriously be complete.