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    I find that a lot of the giant breeds heel very nicely if they are true to type and are the easy going type.

    I also find a lot of the site hounds heel quite nicely, I think it's their natural loping gait.

    Mind you I don't mind a dog that's a go get em, much better than a dog that lags. I trained my ex-inlaws Sheltie and she was a lagger, hard work encouraging a dog up.

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    No It took quite a bit of work for Keeda and I to get our heel down pat. She learned what she was meant to do quite quickly, but it was the -making- her do it part that was the problem. Eventually I realized that if I don't take charge of the situation this dog is never going to heel. Thankfully we've persevered . I recently took a video of a hands free dog leash/belt I made and it actually shows Keeda's heel quite well I think: Hands Free Dog Leash on Vimeo

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    Hi DA

    At our dog school they said that "heel" was the hardest thing for a dog to learn and I had trouble believing it. When Frosty stopped trying to schmooze everybody and every dog, and paid attention - she's had a perfect heel right from the beginning. Although increasing the speed tends to result in her play-nipping at my thigh or trying to play tug with the lead. It's easier to do heel nicely with no lead.

    She has started to lag/drag on the way home from the oval. I can't work out if it's because she doesn't want to leave, or because she's knackered. Probably a bit of both.

    We had a 3/4kelpie x 1/4heeler family dog and she did perfect heel, and perfect recall at about 3 months. Easiest dog to train I've ever met. The down side was that she always wanted you to give her something to do - very demanding.

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    im having trouble teaching gyps to heel id like some pointers!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    im having trouble teaching gyps to heel id like some pointers!!!
    Are you using food rewards ??

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    Well Inca is just doing it Laura, so I'm thunderstuck.

    What sort of collar have you got on Gyps when training, and what methods are you using that aren't working?

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    food is not interesting shes more toy obsessed but im not sure how to reward and reprimand

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    food is not interesting shes more toy obsessed but im not sure how to reward and reprimand
    Can you elaborate a bit more on this please ?

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    well pulling back on the lead and saying no doesnt seem to alter the behavior. and when i reward her with a ball it turns into a ball game and not walking. ive also tried the stop and sit every time she pulls but that means doesnt allow us to go for a walk

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    well pulling back on the lead and saying no doesnt seem to alter the behavior. and when i reward her with a ball it turns into a ball game and not walking. ive also tried the stop and sit every time she pulls but that means doesnt allow us to go for a walk
    Okay Laura, firstly the whole point of the stop start is just that. If you choose to use this method once Gyps isn't where you want her to be (ie pulling out on leash) you stop. No reprimand, no sit command, no nothing. Don't even look at her actually. Once she has come back to your side you can start walking again with the command heel or walk, whatever you choose.
    This IS a slow way of doing it. Sure, you might get 5 metres down the road in 1/2 an hour, but that's the whole point of it Laura. You wanna go for a walk, Gyps, this is where you walk besdie me. Some dogs pick up the message really quick if it's done correctly, others take longer of course.

    What sort of collar are you using for other methods?

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