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Old 06-02-2009, 02:00 PM
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Dekka and Mafia, thanks for the pics and video. Dekka, I love that video, now I have something to aim for, LOL. Great visual of what a good heel is too.

Here's some video of us today, this time heeling on the correct side, LOL. I also tried to do the heel, with a sit in the heeling location WITHOUT telling him to "sit" everytime. I want him to pay attention, and sit when I stop.

There's 2 videos of him doing it on leash, the second one is shorter in length, but more close-up. Mom's not home today, so I had to set the camera on a chair and have it record us. Both of these videos were recorded using treats.

Here's those two videos:

YouTube - Bo practicing his heel and sits

YouTube - More of Bo practicing his heel and sit commands

And then I tried to get him to heel and sit, off leash, with NO treats. I want him to pay attention to *me*, not the treat, so I tried it without treats and it went pretty well. Didn't go quite as planned, but we're working on it. He lags behind, and the mosquitos are something awful. He kept stopping to shake and scratch his ears, I think one must've buzzed in his ear. Anyways, he did do his heel and sit rather well for his first try off leash and with no treats. So I'm proud so far.

YouTube - Bo practicing his heel and sits off leash
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Old 06-02-2009, 02:04 PM
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Don't stop with the rewards yet!!! The vid looks good.. Reward more when not sitting! Keep the treats in the right pocket once he's good.. but still reward frequently. Not rewarding enough will cause lagging, sniffing and other not so fun behaviours... Even now I will still treat Dekka for some particularly awesome bit of heeling.
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Old 06-02-2009, 04:25 PM
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I agree with nor stopping the rewards!!

Also, you should work more on his attention before even doing any heeling. And work on his sits separately.

Endlessly heeling in a circle is going to bore most dogs. When I practice, I heel a little, do some sits and downs, some more heeling, a stand, a stay or two, some heel seeking and pivots, a recall, more sits and downs and stands, heel again...
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Old 06-04-2009, 11:21 PM
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How is the heeling going?

We have some videos of Smudge, Dekka, Cider and Kaiden doing some rally moves to post for you later.
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:34 AM
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Fluffy.... any news?

We have vids for you..

These ones are my kids. Cider~ YouTube - Cider Rally Obedience

Smudge~ YouTube - Smudge Heelwork
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Old 06-05-2009, 11:47 AM
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Oops, sorry, didn't see this yesterday! I've been working with him, the heeling is going great! His sitting is doing wonderfully too, just need to work on that concentration a bit.

Great videos! That one of Cider is really exceptional, I hope I can get Bo to that point.
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Yay update! Awesome
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:47 PM
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Bo's doing *great*! I have two new videos from this morning. First is on leash, second is off leash. His concentration is really improving, as is his sitting immediately when I stop, without me having to use the sit command every single time.

No one was holding the camera, mom's gone for the day. So I had to set it in a chair, and I do dissapear to the right side of the screen for a few seconds. Don't worry though, you're not missing nothing there, LOL.

On Leash:

YouTube - Bo, heel and sit practice 6-8-09

Off Leash:

YouTube - Bo, heel and sit practice off leash 6-8-09
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:49 PM
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hes looking great! and sitting like a little gentleman

but your backyard makes me wanna cry IM SO JEALOUS!
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Old 06-08-2009, 01:03 PM
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Very noticeable improvement!

A couple things for you to think about - you tend to start walking and then say heel. He does a good job of sitting until he's told to heel, and there are benefits to calling them to heel while you're walking, but be aware that you're doing it and that in the ring, unless the exercise tells you to do that, it's incorrect.

Also when he sits a little away from you to the side or a little behind you, you're stepping to him to deliver the treat. It's a habit that many people fall into doing easily. You should get him to move closer to you instead.

And BTW, you get really small and far away. Mwahahahaha
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