Am I pushing? What's his reaction saying? (heeling issue? perch trng question?)
Beau and I are working on basic obedience. We're in a class with a well-respected trainer who works with the rescue organization where Beau came from.
We've had Beau for about 3 months - we estimate Beau to be about 11 months old, but there's no way to be sure. He came to his foster home as a stray; don't know what his story is.
Here's what I've noticed in the past week and I'd like your input. I'll be asking the trainer the same question in our class on Sunday, but in the mean time...
We're working on heel/auto sit. He has both down - knows where he's supposed to be when we're walking and he'll auto sit when we stop, however, he's not as close to me as I'd like. He swings his butt out a bit - some times more than others - anywhere between 30-60 degrees from a straight sit.
What I've been doing to try to get him closer to me is to lean down, once he's in a sit, and try to manuever his hind end where it's supposed to be. What I'm seeing, tho, is when I'm moving him, he tucks his ears down and seems to cower a little. After observing this a couple times, I gave up my attempts because I felt I might be doing more harm than good.
So...what do you think? 1) Is his body language trying to tell me something and if so, what?? and 2) When working on a tight sit, are there some techniques to get him closer to me that I can try?
I appreciate your input....
Kona-GSD (Always in our hearts...miss you)
"In dog training, jerk is a noun, not a verb."
Last edited by MaggieRoseLee; 12-15-2011 at 08:50 AM.