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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-12-2010, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone trained the "Choose to Heel" method?

I'm looking for some info before I invest in a book or DVD. Has anyone used Choose to Heel?

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I use Choose to Heel, but not exclusively. I use luring and use a leash to to guide into heel position for correctness. But, for sheer willingness and showing the dog it is up to them, I love the choose to heel method. Most of the foundation training for obedience behaviors I do off leash also. That is in the same vein as the choose to heel method.

I am always so happy when I get a chance to have the training building room to myself so that I can do choose to heel work.

Last week I got to do it. My pup is a year old and has been practicing his independence! He was investigating the other dogs in crates and I went across the room and started "heeling" by myself. He broke from the distractions and ran to get into heel position, bouncing along on his own. Very happy to see that!

Even though I don't use it exclusively, I think choose to heel is great to have in your toolbox!
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Me too. I am using it to teach my 4 month old puppy how to heal. He wears a leash, but just so he can't wander off while we are working outside (safety issue). It is great for young dogs, but it is helpful if your dog has a strong food drive.
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