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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-01-2012, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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"Heel" loose lead


Does anybody know about having a dog to walk on a loose lead. And does anybody have some training tips on the heel command, if so I would really appreciate it.

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currently in puppy classes with our pup (only 3rd class) but we actually talked about this! This is what our trainer told us - would be happy to hear others thoughts as well:

start walking with the dog/puppy. When he pulls on the leash, immediately start backing up, once you get backed up several steps, walk quickly forward and just past the dog/puppy and start walking normally again. Keep doing this every time he starts pulling on the leash.

We have not tried it out much yet because we just had class 2 nights ago, and we dont walk a lot on the leash until the weekend (5 acre yard in country and keep with her when she is outside).
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What we did with Woolf to begin with on walking, is when he began to pull or fall behind is make a quick 90 degree turn. He learned he had to keep his eye on us. Some on here have used the stop and start method and it worked, the pup starts pulling, you stop, have him sit beside you then begin walking again.

For heel, look up Micheal Ellis on youtube or on leerburg.com. Search for his 'Focused Heeling'. The full DVD is very good, it can be rented through BowWowFlix, though I think there is a backlog on their copies of it.
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Ray are you a trainer? I ask because your handle is K9 Trainer so I'm a little puzzled why , if you are a trainer, you'd be asking this question?

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Yes I am a trainer but this is the teaches I am having trouble at, so just need some info. Thanks for the info.

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Are you training for AKC obed. or Sch titling. If so you would need to teach attention first before you take the plunge into loose lead heeling.

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For loose leash, I know it's kind of awkward to watch because he has the camera so close but he has good ideas. Teaching the dog to follow the leash's tension before starting really helped with my boy. Instead of a click you can use a verbal marker

Before I started heeling training sessions I like to do little engagement games, lie this
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