I wanted to place this question here, instead of the puppy section (thought maybe I would get more responses).
I am teaching my 5 month old Loki to heel. At this time I am also not using training treats.
He isn't doing too bad on it (considering how willful and impatient he can be). After a few minutes, he settles in, with some sudden bursts of excitement.
So my question is this. I go to the park, get Loki out, and we hit the trails first. After a few moments on the trails, we hit the general walking area were people walk. At this time I put him in the heel position and start to walk. Of course during this time, we are working on heeling, and having a nice walk.
We end our walk at the trails, and I let him have the entire leash (I have a police lead, so it's connected to me, and it has an extra leash attached, so he has some length to it.
Basically I want to know if I am being counter productive in letting him have the entire leash upon getting out of the truck, hitting the trails, then go into a formal heel/walk position, then going back to a longer line?
Am I sending him mixed signals, were it will confuse him, or take it longer to teach him this, and get good at it?
Also, this is my second park trip that I do this on. The first park trip in the morning is long line training/exercise, ball chase (both him and Jasper sometimes go together (both places), sometimes not. I also work on recall on this trip.
Once I get the leash heel, I want to do it with the long line (heel off lead basically.
Thank you for any advice that can be given
I also follow Patti's posts in regards to Grimm
(Loki comes from basically the same background), so I know I have a little hellion, and I work on alot of building patience with him (which he is getting alot better at).
I am not having any problems that I have noticed, either with patience, or the heel, I just want to make sure again, I am not giving him mixed signals.