Join Date: May 2009
Location: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
Zefra, my 6.5 month old has amazing focus and is totally over the top in everything she does, super-de-duper motivated to work (for anything and nothing alike!) which is fantastic!
One thing I have been thinking about and trying to work on is to get her to settle a bit during her heel work.
Now, she is in position most of the time, super focused on me but..... will jump and nip at my arms, shoulder or leg.
I can't use toys yet to train with her (tried again last week but she is just too drivy and doesn't pay attention) and focuses on the toy to the point that nothing else in the world matters to her.
Food amps her up but not as much as toys, so I have been using this and praise only (no treats OR toys) while working things like heel (for now).
Her sits, downs, stands are awesome and super flashy and fast so now I want to concentrate on her heeling. This is something I struggled (and still continue too) with when training with Stark and I want to ensure I make as little mistakes with Zefra as I can, especially in her foundation work.
My trainer says to use the wall and break it down more again, do not praise/reward the jumping and I agree. Go back to doodling a bit and see if that helps.
What I have been doing is using the wall as a guide, so that she can't jump from the side at me and doing one or two steps with focus and rewarding that with food.
I don't want to take the enthusiasm away because I like the flashy heel work so far with her - totally natural.
I do however want to stop the nipping, jumping while heeling.
I remember Ike (Jason_L) did the jumpy kangaroo heeling and was hoping for some tips.
I don't have any video yet but will this weekend. I do however have a set of photo's of what I mean..
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