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Heeling practice with Ruger (Video)

Here is a short video that my daughter recorded of Ruger and I practicing heeling for the BH. It is very shaky so you might have a hard time watching it. We are working on quicker about turns and maintaining focus through out the routine. Hopefully we will be a little more polished by trial time.

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Just a helpful hint, move faster and move with purpose because you are boring your dog to death. It's very hard to maintain focus when you are boring. Just picking up the pace and moving like you have somewhere to go will keep your dog's attention much better.

Also, don't wait for your dog to turn. If he doesn't make the turn with you, he gets corrected. It's also confusing for him to figure out if your slow turns - yes, I said your turns - are turns or sits, so he just stands there to see what you are doing.

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Good advice! thx!
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You have the same problem I have with Indra. She's a "pass"-walker.

I wouldn't just yet put the toy, in your pocket, I think you've got the same problem I have. We both are waaay ahead of ourselves at least I was with Indra. I have ton go back and work a lot on her "happyness".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdqG1U_vxos

Another thing, when you build frustration with the ball, don't let him get that ball, use that frustration for the heeling.

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I am not sure what "pass"-walker means. I just pray we "pass" our BH! As far as the ball thing, that was my poor handling skills on display. I allowed him to snatch it out of my hand. I meant to build his interest and then put it away with out him getting it. I know we have a long way to go. During the heeling, I was pretending that we were in a trial and I could not show him the ball or give him a correction.
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I am not sure what "pass"-walker means. I just pray we "pass" our BH! As far as the ball thing, that was my poor handling skills on display. I allowed him to snatch it out of my hand. I meant to build his interest and then put it away with out him getting it. I know we have a long way to go. During the heeling, I was pretending that we were in a trial and I could not show him the ball or give him a correction.
I think in english it's called pace, they are not walking properly, they are pacing. Both, Indra and your dog are doing it. It's not very desirable to have a pacing dog in obedience.

What I meant with him not getting the toy is to build frustration and even more interest. If he doesn't get the object of his desire after you built all that frustration they work better.

Maybe somebody else can chime in on that
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I think in english it's called pace, they are not walking properly, they are pacing. Both, Indra and your dog are doing it. It's not very desirable to have a pacing dog in obedience.

What I meant with him not getting the toy is to build frustration and even more interest. If he doesn't get the object of his desire after you built all that frustration they work better.

Maybe somebody else can chime in on that
I am still having trouble understanding the "Pace" thing. All I see is a dog walking and trotting next to me. Is there a particular gate that they are suppose to be in? I know he is not prancing like I see so many dogs do. I really have no idea how to get him to do that.
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robk- I think what Mrs.K is saying is that Roger is pacing while heeling in the video. She'd rather see the dog trotting. I don't know for a fact that trotting is required for obedience, but I believe that's the critique she's pointing out to you. Increasing your speed may cause Ruger to shift it into a trot.

If you're not familiar with the difference between trotting and pacing, here's a video:

In pacing, both the front and rear legs on a single side are moving forward and backwards more/less in unison. When the front comes forward, so does the rear. In trotting, the front and rear on the same side are moving opposite, which is to say the opposite corners are moving in unison. When the front-right moves forwards, so does the rear-left.

It should be noted that for some dogs (my own included) their cadence is determined by their speed. Pimg will pace at slow speed, trot at moderate speed, and gallop at higher speeds. There are definitely dogs out there that can, and do, trot even at slower speeds. I don't think (I could be wrong) that the trot is absolutely a "moderate speed only" cadence.

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hi robk - look at the dog walking , both front and rear on one side of the body are moving in the same direction

here is what you want -- these turns are perfect , dog calm and focused , precise
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I went back and watched it again and did see what you are talking about. He is not consistent though. On the last left turn he was walking normally.

That is what is so great about this forum. You never know how you look until you get your picture taken and then look at it with someone else. We practice alone all the time. It is helpful to have others give you guidance in areas that you cannot see by your self.
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