For obedience training, I was taught to teach the heel first with GSD on my left in a stand or sit and on command of 'heel' and taking off with my left leg first, we start to go forward. This helped when we started off lead obedience because on command of heel she was at my left and in the right position (not too far forward or back)
When I'm just walking my 2 for exercise and enjoyment, I don't bother with making them heel for the entire walk, they can walk in front of me, behind me, on any side. However, if I want control, then I will give the command to heel.
I haven't confused my 2 yet, we are all happy to walk in a relaxed manner as well as to heel when needed.
if your GSD is eating and eating and eating and losing weight - please consider testing for EPI.
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