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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-27-2011, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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Question Heeling and training routine questions

I have been heeling my dog in my yard daily inbetween ball throwing with her

her past trainers were able to heel her with no leash and they just used a ball to kee her attention. When i try to do that she is too far ahead of me and not in the right position so it does not work right.

I have to hold her collar while i heel with her is that okay? i can also use a leash but i have to pull on the leash to put her in place i am finding keeping her in the right place while heeling is the hard part her eyes are glued to my ball and me so that is easy

the easiest way is when i hold onto her collar

also when we finish heeling i get her to sit then down and stay i walk away release her with OKAY COME

then she comes in front of me sits and i throw the ball and we repeat

this sound good as a training routine?

her past trainers would make her come and heel beside them when they released her from her down stay. I changed the routine a bit.

I am also teaching her many more things she never learned but i use treats for other things she is learning fast. My hardest issue is the long down stay when we are around the cat she is good as long as i am petting her and giving her food but if i pet the cat while she is in it she will make a fuss and get up lol.

for recalls i just call her name ASIA COME out of the blue and she comes fast sits in front of me i give her a treat i try to do this when she is in the yard far away from me.

if i have hidden her a biscut or ball i just say FIND IT!! and she will start looking for something.

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Best way to break this down and prevent frustration for both of you is to locate and attend some great dog classes! So much fun for the both of you, a continuation of the vital socialization our dogs need, and a great way to mentally and physically challenge our dogs!

Heeling is HARD. It's a precise skill for our dogs to learn. If done incorrectly it sucks the life out of our dogs' cause we don't know better and just correct the heck out of them and end up with a slow dog that HATES to heel! So when I go to classes we learn fast, the right way, and both the dog and I enjoy it.


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when i taught my dog to heel i used a short leash.
a short leash helps with keeping them in position.
i find doing circles, figure 8's, stop and go and serpentines
help with the dogs focus. i taught my dog to heel
on either side with or without a leash.
along with teaching him to heel i taught him "other side".
no matter which side my dog is heeling on if i say
other side he switches sides. i say "other side" and my dog
lets me get a step in front of him and he moves behind me
and comes up to the other side. like anything you have to train alot.
i train in the house and outdoors. i have many sessions
during the day. each session is 5 to 10 minutes long.

when i first taught my dog to stay i would have him
sit in front me. i would take one step backwards.
if my dog moved (he always did) i would put him back in
place. one step lead to two steps and so on. then i started
moving out of sight while making noise. in the begining
i only made my dog stay for seconds. seconds lead to minutes
and so on. once my dog started staying i added in distractions.
i had people walk over to him and pet him, offer a treat
and call him by his name in order to make him move. i had
people walk close to him with their dogs and call him. then i started
having people call him, offer a treat and pick up his leash and pull
him. once he got that i started adding time on his stay.
so far the longest i got him to stay was a 1/2 hour with distractions.
when you start have him stay for a few seconds. gradually add on
time and distractions. always praise heavy and treat.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-30-2011, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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thank u doggiedad and maggie

yes classes start in mid april

my dog knows basic ob i was just trying to pratice and sharpen her in the meantime so we have something to do maybe by the time we go to class we will be the best ones there lol

should i keep attemping heeling on my own or wait till class you think?

I change the routine a lot sometimes i will make her down stay from a stand or down stay from a sit etc..

working on doing it in distractions and walks now

heeling is the hardest thing EVER!!!!! for me always been.

I have taken many many dog classes in the past while growing up with dogs i have had. But i still consider myself a novice as every dog is not the same and i do not really feel fully confidant with some stuff specially heeling! lol

also do not want to over work my dog and want to keep it fun for her i just started doing ob on walks with the 'watch me" and sitting for stop signs.
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