While Emilu's heeling off-leash is still very much a work in progress, her knowledge of "heel as a position" is very good, something that I can use to my advantage whenever I want her by my side. I found out how well she knew it tonight (and that she actually listens to what I say) I was working on recalls and had set her up for one. I was at the end of the patio and called out loud and clear "Emi HEEL!" What? Heel? Why'd I say that? What will she do? Will she do a front because that is what we have always done in this situation. I wait, hands at side, wondering if I have ruined her for life. She ran towards me, and when she got to me, did a nice left finish into the heel position! I had to praise her - afterall, she did what I asked.I must admit that I was impressed that she listened and did it first time. Then we practiced several "regular" recalls, just to make sure she didn't get confused.
Aww... good girl Emi.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
A fun exercise is to be heeling along, give your dog the "wait" command, you continue off heeling and then as you continue walking along call your dog to "heel" and just keep moving as your dog runs to find his place beside you.
Ruger loves playing this game
That's great Pat for when you get to Utility and teach the moving stand!
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Yep...definitely on your way to utility. ;D
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We have a "problem" with Grace as she thinks heel, here, and sit all must be done at heel position. I want to get her retrained to know that SIT means sit where you are, HERE is just in the general vicinity of me, and HEEL means at my side sitting straight!