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My young guy and I, a few steps closer to the bigger picture. It took a little while to change his super wrapped, crowding head position to a more straight picture, but I am happy with the direction that we're headed. Always combatting some of the hopping seen in the heeling, and cleaning up the speed of positions in the motion exercises. His dumbbell exercises aren't pictured but we're getting there! Need to teach jumping form to him as our next big project..

Protection is much easier with him. He's finally reliably (though reluctantly) taking the pillow thrown without getting filthy in the blind, and as a result I am seeing a much more respectful distance in the guarding (where he was previously on top of the helper, resting his bottom jaw right on top of the sleeve). We'll need to go back and get maybe a little more distance off the out in the open field guarding, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there!

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I love him. He looks good!
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I don't know, that looks like some pretty good speed on those motion exercises. Do you think maybe once he settles down a little and the hopping goes away they'll be even better? What did you do to move him back on the heeling? I see the little chin pop, was it that simple?
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I don't know, that looks like some pretty good speed on those motion exercises. Do you think maybe once he settles down a little and the hopping goes away they'll be even better? What did you do to move him back on the heeling? I see the little chin pop, was it that simple?
Thanks! The motions are generally pretty clean and quick. I just need to make sure I can maintain that consistently lol. I do think that with more time he may just settle out on the hopping alone. I also have a feeling its my own pace that sets the tone for the amount of hopping/collecting I am seeing. For the heeling, I spent a lot of time on teaching him to target the ball as the focal target, rather than my face, by doing reps of heeling with the ball above his head in my left hand before even moving it to my armpit. I added the cue with a chin tap once we got to the point of sitting in basic position with ball in armpit and hands at my sides to teach him how to get his head in the correct position, and now I use it to remind him when he reverts from time to time.
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Quite nice! Keep up the great work!
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Great training and great dog! Looking forward to seeing his progress with you
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It's nice to see you can fix things he needs help with (cause I know you guys did not start him). I know that's harder then starting with a puppy. Looking good!
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Congratulations he looks great!!!


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