Talent and I are working on her heeling foundation. I like to work on pivots before we do a lot of heeling because I find that it really helps the dog learn precisely where heel position is. In the video below, I’m looking at how she moves into position and where she lands using a mirror. If she moves precisely into position then she earns a treat plus personal play and a reward after personal play. If she doesn’t move precisely or lands not as accurately as I’d like then she gets one reward after I help her move into the right position.
We are also working on one step heeling. I’m using a toy tucked under my arm pit to reward her. This is helping to create the head position that I want in my heeling. I’ll need to fade the reward being there eventually because it is acting as a lure. I like this reward location because I can ultimately drop the reward to the dog without changing the location where my left hand is supposed to be. I won’t be using this reward location exclusively but I would like to teach her to bounce up to the reward that will eventually be thrown to this location.
Mariah Hinds Dog Training, 14812 Karina Falls Court, Charlotte, North Carolina28273, United States (US)