Training to stay and heel
Hi! 2 months ago I adopted an abandoned by her owners GSD. She had been starving and she's cow hocked. She is better and stronger now, she got used to her new home. She is under 1 year old.
She had been chained in her previous owners' yard. They have never trained her and almost never took her out for a walk. She wasn't social and was afraid of other dogs. When I got her, we started going together on long walks and to the dog park. She's doing it great! She is not afraid now. She loves people and loves playing with dogs, she is not aggressive which is great.
It was most important for me to teach her to come always when called. She learned it fast and now has more reliable recall than my male GSD, which is 7 years old. Of course, we continue to work several times a week on this 'reliable recall'. She learned 'Sit!', 'Lie down!', 'Fetch!'.
She is really intelligent and she isn't stubborn and likes our training sessions. It's easy for her to learn new things and she enjoys it. She is one of the most obedient dogs in our dog park.
I would like to teach her to sit and stay while I walk around but I don't know how, because she becomes excited when I try to walk away and immediately comes and sits in front of me. I tried to give her treats while making a step away but again she comes and sits in front of me on my feet. I always train her off leash. I've never used prong collars or choke chains. So do I need a leash for 'Sit and stay!'?
The other thing I don't know how to teach her is to heel. I haven't tried with a leash yet but again she becomes excited, starts jumping around and wants to get her treat. It seems she doesn't know what to do when I say 'Heel!' and I am supposed to show her but I don't know how.