|Barked: Sat Oct 6, '12 7:27pm PST |
|Whoa! Hold the bus!
Your dog is only 6 months old and proper formal heeling is really a very complicated task for dog to learn, one that takes months and months to perfect. A 6 month old, giant breed puppy does not even have proper body awareness yet so really should not be expected to know how to sit perfectly straight in heel position. Sorry, but I would skip the formal heeling for now and work on just walking nice on a leash, attention games, basic manners and fun puppy stuff. Formal heeling should be taught in very small incremental steps and asking a puppy (or any dog) to sit perfectly straight in heel position when you stop walking, is really something you add much later. This should be taught as a totally seperate exercise from actual "heeling" and then added in. I know it is always fun to train our puppies but there is so much important foundation training that our puppies need and that go a far way to helping with the formal obedience stuff later on. Teach your pup where heel position is. Teach how to find heel position. Teach how to focus on you from heel position. This is all done without taking a step. Play. Have fun. Make this a big game. There is no reason to rush formal heel training.
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