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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-25-2009, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
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Heeling off leash

How do you start heeling off leash? My dog heels nicely on leash but if I drop it I get like 3 steps before she is just wondering off. In the house she wont do anything but sit and platz off leash. Any ideas? Oh and our club bh is in 5 weeks I was hoping to go for it but this would be the issue for sure.

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Re: Heeling off leash

Sounds to me like you need to up the drive and the motivation for staying with you and for your obedience in general. If you've been training with food or toys, get them back out again. Short durations of heeling to keep it fun. She has to want what you have in order to work with any kind of enthusiasm.

You could also try heeling with a tab on the collar or the leash dragging on the ground. Drop the tab or leash but if you need to correct her forward, you can reach out and grab it.

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Re: Heeling off leash

My girls always heeled better off leash than on leash. I think I walked them and had a hand or fingers on their collars and slowly or regularly let go.

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Re: Heeling off leash

hmmm i use hot dogs but her toy drive is there and better. We already do what JKlatsky has suggested. She is always up when training on leash which is why I have this dillema. The first half of bh is there and we are ready. I have tried both toys and dogs to keep her with me and so far she still prefers to come when she feels like it. Maybe we need to just take a step back. There is soooo much involved with training for this sport...grrr.. but im addicted so there :O) Also I should mention that this is a dog that is only with me while we train except for a few nights a week when she is with us in the house. So I have tried to keep our time just about "us" to make her happy. She def. loves me but that is clearly not enough hahahaha

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Re: Heeling off leash

Have you tried just talking to her to keep her attention? Spitting hot dogs? Doing wild and unexpected moves so she HAS to pay attention. Constant pace changes? Sudden stops and restarts? Tease her with the toy but don't let her have it?

Make this funnest game ever, see if she perks up.

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Re: Heeling off leash

hold the favored toy up near your face and gradually phase it out .

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