On November 04 2006, HappyPuppy wrote:Ruby thinks (and has learned) that "heel" means START walking (training class taught that). We don't really have a proper heel down - certainly not at the so-exciting start of a walk. With corrections (while saying 'heel'), I can get her back into quasi-heeling position for a few second. I have been accepting a forged heel position to far forward but now that I want a more proper heel, how to I expand heel to the proper definition and position instead of just start walking when we have stopped. By the end of the walk, however, she often leaves a loose leash.
I also want to integrate "watch" (is here a thread here on that?) - because when I make left training turns, she doesn't get it (or doesn't try - seems bored wiht training) and continually gets stepped on or makes me lose balance when my knee hits her shoulder; on right turns, she breaks the circle and tries to make straight line back to the direction we were going to shortcut. Never looks up at me unless I correct her or step on her. I know that's somewhat the idea, but we need more structure behind it.
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