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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-22-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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anyone got good how to links for turns in heeling?

i am really messing the turns up, watching performances of finished dogs in trials just makes it worse - it has to be me cos i basically make it physically impossible for my dog, ME videos do not cover it specifically unless i missed sumthin and neither do any of the other commercial bite sports training vids, hoping someone will know a good YT link.

poor dog is trying so hard to do something but i keep guessing at it and changing things on him.


info appreciatted


BTW messing with this formal obed stuff is more fun than i thought it would be.
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will check it out, thanks mego.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 02-23-2013, 01:30 AM
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I did brick work. Celeste Meade has a good video on youtube teaching the hind end awareness. I thinkdhd used a food bowl rather than a brick paver.
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How is your footwork? Until your footwork is good, you will not be able to get good about turns with your dog.

No matter if you are doing the AKC OB about turn (to the right) or the SchH left about you need to learn to keep your feet underneath you in as tight of a pattern as possible. If your feet/legs tend to hang back or stick out in places you will cause your dog to go wide and/or lag as they come out of the about turn. I tend to do a modified version of a T pattern as I make the about (easier to show). This needs to be practiced w/o your dog until it becomes natural to you. Actually all footwork should be practiced a lot without your dog.

Unfortunately the AKC person I train with doesn't have any videos on about turns on her site. I hoped that she did. Need to get after her about that. She actually uses a mat with footprints drawn on it that is then put on the floor. Sort of like the old dance school foot step diagrams.

Attached is a really bad drawing of what I am talking about for about turns. As I said, easier to show than to describe. Of course you should come out of the about turn in the same line as you were orginally walking, but that is hard to show in a picture.
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In addition to your own footwork, one thing that helps a lot is making sure that your dog has good rear-end awarness.

Here is a long, boring video that introduces the fundementals of perch work. I thought Gryff and Keeta using the youtube videos as a guide. Dogs really enjoy the perch work.

(I looked at a few other perch work videos, but this one is the best one for showing the basics)

Also if you want to teach your dog to always stick to your leg when you pivot, start with small angle turns, rather than just go into the 180 turn right away. You can do this work stationary too: dog at heel, you pivot 30 degrees, dog has to move with you - you do this by luring. Then move up to 45d, 70d, etc.

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Yeah, that is a great video for people who think having a high drive GSD automatically means dangerous and not appropriate for children.
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