The video shows several things,
1. Communication from you to the dog is not clear and pretty grey.
2. Practicing too many actions (going forward, turns, backward motion).
3. Drive building activity is not part of the practice session.
1. Reward from stationary heel position (but only for correct position, body/shoulder/head).
2. When rewarding, stim the dog using momentary nick.
3. Start 1 step motion, only reward in perfect position (body and head), nick at reward. Repeat for several weeks. Now take 2 steps, criteria remains same.
After several months the dog will be able to heel longer but with good position (body and head). Always nick when releasing/rewarding with ball.
Start taking 1 step back, only reward perfect position, nick at reward. Take 2-3 steps back, only reward perfect position. Now take 3-5 steps forward and immediately stop + take 1 step back, nick/reward. The taking 2 steps back and rewarding becomes the drive building activity that you will be using moving forward (reward will switch to less during forward motion and more when moving back). So when you feel dog is loosing oomph, take 2 steps back/reward/nick. Dog perks up big time.
Dog will understand what is required in terms of position, will also very clearly associate nick with perfect position and reward. Months down the road, you can THEN use nick to correct and the dog will NOW know what to do (get in perfect position from nick) as you have ingrained that it will result in reward, drive will go up instead of down as this method of rewarding with a nick increases drive when using electric.
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Last edited by Packen; 06-13-2014 at 05:23 PM.