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    Default Training Update

    Hello

    Mollie is improving rapidly in training, so far she can.

    STAY - she stays in both LIE DOWN and SIT. I can now turn my back on her and walk away and she will stay put.
    SIT - Does it straight away, doesnt matter if I have treat or not.
    LIE DOWN - Hand signal, she is starting to do it on the verbal command.
    BEG - Hand signal and help (with my hand to hold her up) only so far - This was just a 'fun' trick I started a week ago, she has picked it up extremely quickly o.O
    GO AROUND - Go around my legs in my circle and end up in a sit on my left side.
    COME - Still working on it, getting better but not perfected.


    1) Mollie in LIE DOWN and STAYING (Treat used, behind my back)
    2) Slowly teaching Mollie BEG (Treat in hand)

    Training sessions are several 5min lessons a day, ending in a fun game (Fetch, etc), a walk (1 of her Fav. things now) or a swim in our dam

    Now for questions

    What is "HEEL" and how does it work? When I walk Mollie, she is right beside me, either on left/right side, is this it?
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    She is so cute! Congrats on your training progress.

    Different people have different definitions for their "Heel" - for some, their "heel" command is more relaxed than others, such as people who train for Obedience trials etc.

    What I personally want to see my dog do when I say "Heel" is that Keeda walks on my right side, her paws never over-stepping my toes. She is allowed to sniff the ground so long as the leash is loose at all times.

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    For us, heel is Archie walking on my left hand side, not stepping in front or lagging behind and not being more than 30 cm away- but only when we do obdience training.

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    Yeh, if I am training for a purpose, like obedience, then I train strictly their paw never overtracking my left foot and their attention on me. If I am just training for the sake of having a well trained dog I go for close by my left doing as they please without pulling on the lead, although this is sort of closer to social walking than heeling lol

    The command "Heel" and what it means to you really depends on what you want from your dog. If you are happy to just have your dog walking quietly anywhere beside you than that is all you need

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    You would be able to learn 'heel' at the local obedience school/club. Like everyone said, there are many different varietions of heels, some include the dog practically glued to one's side, some just following a hand (like Boxerini's Bella is now trained to do, I think) and some just as mentioned above.
    It's great that you've taught her so well!

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    Now you can come do mine now, Demi, lol.

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