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Spitting treats

I seem to have a lot of questions this morning! Hence this is my second thread!

I have been spitting treats to my dog during our heeling work. While this has resulted in good focus, I am looking at her and not forward like I should be. So, should I go back to square 1 and hold the treat in my left hand to feed intermittently? Or is there another way?
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I have been known to stick food under my arm (suggested by my trainer).

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I have been known to stick food under my arm (suggested by my trainer).
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If you wil be showing with an armband number on your left arm you can put the food under or on the armband, I know people who use a small metal clip and stick a bit of cheese on the clip that is on the armband, you could also clip it on your shirt to keep the dogs head up.

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Spitting during heeling can also cause the dog to wrap to the right over time. I find it easier to feed from the hand in the position I want. Then as the dog becomes more experienced I will present the reward (food or toy) after a word that lets the dog know he is correct. So the reward fades from view and is presented when needed.

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Spitting during heeling can also cause the dog to wrap to the right over time. I find it easier to feed from the hand in the position I want. Then as the dog becomes more experienced I will present the reward (food or toy) after a word that lets the dog know he is correct. So the reward fades from view and is presented when needed.
I do use markers. And I have returned to teaching her to look at me while I hold the treat away from her head, then mark and reward from above(ala Leerburg focused heeling) But at the moment, I am still looking at her to make sure she is still watching. Maybe it takes more time. I started doing it at a sit in position, but as I said i am still looking her, when we are still and then as we fuss.
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I would not spit treats for the same reason Lisa posted above. Go back to putting it in your hand.

Do perchwork, use a mirror. We spent a long time with furniture shoved out of the way to use a full length mirror for heeling.




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Mirrors are wonderful. I have been eyeing them to put in my garage/pole barn for training.

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oh aren't they though! You won't regret them!

We have an open ranch. My husband came back from his shop one day to find all the furniture rearranged so I had a full 30' of free space, full length mirror on the end. lol All he said was "for the dogs?" But of course!

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Yes!! A mirror would stop me looking at her to check! Good idea. I think I could use the reflection in my sliding glass doors too! Thank you!
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