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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-05-2011, 02:25 AM Thread Starter
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Video: Working on Heel with my boy.

Hey all, I know I haven't posted in forever. I just thought I'd share this video from yesterday.


We've been working on this for a couple weeks now, the first week we just did fun energizing games. If he was at my side I rewarded that, and we just goofed off and tried to get training to be a fun thing.

After that, I started rewarding him for being near my side. I continued to reward until he had a basic idea. Then I started associating "fuss" with eye contact, and building on that until it was solid. After that I started treating with my left hand and rewarding above his head. This helped build muscle memory and tightened him to my side.
I use "yes" to mark the behavior and "good" as praise while he is doing something right, and "eh eh" as a verbal correction.

Sorry if any of it sounds confusing! I'm not good with words, I am a visual person.

We trained without any leashes or anything, just him, me, and some yummy treats.
All together I'd say we've been practicing for 2 weeks, maybe a bit more. The game took up one week.



Thanks for looking! Sorry if this feels pointless. lol
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hey that was nice , so is the green grass. Haven't seen green in a long time.
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Good work! I also thought the samething-green grass??? lol
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Nice job!

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Excellent!!!
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Lol, thank you guys! That grass won't stay green for long, once summer is here it'll be patchy. And playing with the flirt pole there doesn't help the grass either. :P
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Fantastic job! And yes, what lovely green grass! (Coming from the summer-starved Canadian)

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Good! Now, we will expect videos of your training progress!
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Thank you again, I sure will! We need to work on solidifying eye contact, and position so that will probably be our next video.
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