Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I've got one dog that wraps/crowds me and one that doesn't at all. In thinking on what I've done differently....with the second dog I did a lot more foundation work before actual heeling. Perch work, having the dog maintain focus just sitting in front and basic position, and luring the dog with food to physically condition/"muscle memory" the right position when moving. I also know I did a few things wrong with the first dog....when I started Schutzhund I always held the reward in my right hand and would whip it out front, so I don't think that helped the crowding and wrapping around the front. I would also do this trick where if I felt the dog was not paying enough attention, I'd do a quick right pivot and correct the dog. This did help me get a more intense, focused heel close to my body, but I think it may have also contributed to the dog being slightly crooked and wrapped.