Whining During Obedience (Heeling)
I was wondering if anyone has some advice about cutting down on whining during heeling. She does not really whine on the static positions, only sometimes a small "chirp" while changing. Same when coming to front, sometimes,
With heeling, it is becoming quite a challenge to continue without having her almost scream, like a whine from her throat, more deep than high pitched. It is almost like since it is a movement, she cant' come "down" like she does in between doing positions. Does that make any sense? The worst is when turning and stopping/starting and when she had to come into heel position from another position, further away means more chance of being vocal. While in motion, left turns on a pivot and about turns seem to load her up much more than right turns.
It is mostly when I use a toy. The toy can be hidden, in armpit or held in either hand. There is not really a difference. I feel like it might be coming from the conflict between higher arousal and having to concentrate more to remain in position? I do not feel it is purely excitement based, based on her behaviour otherwise when excited. I do not feel it is solely having to keep control, as she does not whine while in static positions. Is my train of thought way off base?
I am resorting more and more to working without toys. But I would like to have some ideas, if possible over the internet, on how to reduce whining like this? I try to stop, talks calm, praise calm while she is heeling. It helps a little sometimes, but more often than not does nothing. I try to talk calmly while in sit while stopping. I try rewarding sooner, which works on that run itself and maybe the next, but she will build on the next. Should I shorten sessions, like only do one short run at a time? And if so, how would I build on having her go longer or know when it is time to try?
Is this what they call "drive leaking"? Thanks for reading, this is my first very vocal dog like this.