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Old 11-16-2012, 11:39 AM
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I started buckling down on Elsie's heeling last week. When she's on, she's GORGEOUS. But, unfortunately (because I'm lazy) she'd heel reliably for about a minute before wandering.

So, now I'm working on making heeling super rewarding to her, and on extending the behavior for a lot longer period of time.

She's already getting snappier.

Oh and I've been trying to get her to 'spring off the line' as it were, because she was lagging a bit on the first couple steps no matter what else I tried, so I'm trying to make jumping up as soon as I say lets-go (rather than waiting until I've already taken a step) part of the behavior, and so far that's working well, too.

I'm also actively seeking out more distracting environments for us to practice heeling in, because we both need it.
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