|Barked: Wed Nov 7, '12 12:28pm PST |
|To add to Zephyr's post about expectations I started teaching Rexy a formal heel (for rally) in January of this year and it took me weeks to get the beginnings of a decent heel inside and then a few months to be successful in the back yard, and a few weeks more for the more distracting front yard. Precise turns, pivots, fronts and finishes took months (and I am still polishing up her fronts).
Only now, about 10 months later, can I reliably get a lovely heads-up, prancy heel (off-leash) on the agility practice field and anywhere on my property, out in public is still a work-in-progress but we're getting there.
Granted, Rexy and I are likely slower than average as this is the first time I have taught a dog to heel, and since I am working with a reactive girl, I'm having to deal with distractability and high environmental awareness.
Now that she understands the game though, it's gotten much easier and it's a lot of fun. Her reward is her favourite ball, so she thinks heeling is pretty awesome.
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