Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Fern Creek Kentucky
I have used most of the Lew Burke method on all my dogs with fantastic results, I had Lexie heeling off the lead within about 15 minutes or so of ever having a leash on her. This was done in two lessons, about 7 minutes or so each. This may sound harsh but it's not. You start off by tying them to a post or a stake where they can't get tangled up, with about a 3' lead. You walk away out of her sight but where you can see her. At first she will pull and fight, just remain calm, this will only last a little bit, 30 seconds or so at most has been my experience from what i can remember. After she calms down let her stay there another minute or so and then go to her with great praise. She has no reason to tie you to any of what has just happened to her as far as the prong collar goes. Now you untie her lead and you say heel while smacking your left leg and you take off. Sharp short corrections, by that I mean fast snaps without hurting her, you just want to get her attention. Every time she pulls away you smack your leg saying heel while at the same time giving her a correction. As soon as she comes to your side you give her a treat along with lavish praise. Lesson 2 starts off heeling on the lead doing the same as above. About 3/4 of the way through the second lesson you take the prong collar off and hold it in your right hand where it is hanging down where you can shake and rattle it. You tell her to heel while smaking your left leg as you start to walk, if she hesitates you rattle the collar, this will bring her to your side. Lexies results may be hard to duplicate, you may need a few more lead time lessons. I can't remember how long it took me to teach my male Dex,but I know for sure Lexie put him to shame, it seems like it was a few weeks or so with Dex, and I thought he was the smartest dog I had ever seen. It seems like Burke said it could take like 3 weeks or so to have them heeling off the lead. I have been extremely lucky. Once they have the concept down you can use a shock collar to tweak them.
Last edited by Deno; 08-16-2013 at 11:32 PM.