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Re: I am wondering how to teach my GSD to...
This is not "a" thing that you teach, but behaviour that you mold and develop over time and then put the parts together.
As Tracy was saying, you get the speed and the enthousiasm through drive. If you have a high-drive dog, you can start teaching the behaviours in a lower state of drive (for food rewards, for example), and when they understand what is required of them, you can bring in the speed and sparkle with toy/tug rewards and build the drive. Depends what works best for the dog.
To teach this, you first work on teaching eye-contact focus (over weeks and months), then you teach a basic position with the eye-contact focus (over weeks and months). You lure your dog into the correct position and reward when they come in, plop down their butt, and look up at you. Reward right away at first, then expect longer and longer uninterupted focus.
The perfect heeling position with focus comes from having this foundation work done first. Not the other way around.
This focus, speed, enthusiasm, drive is BUILT, over time. The behaviour is not so much taught (like a "trick"), as it is a string of behaviours that is developed over time.
You CAN teach your dog to come to your side using a key word and food lures, and rewarding, but you will notice a definite difference in the end result, in that the behaviour will be more robotic, and less energetic.
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