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    Batty has loose leash walking down pat, he walks nicely along, doesn't pull (until we see other dogs which is being worked on at the moment) but I've never actually taught a focused heel before. How do you go about it? I know there are many different methods and I know that there isn't one method that will work for every dog, I'm just getting very confused with a lot of the methods that I'm reading through

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    AGB just try getting his fav treaty and holding his attention at your side. Use whatever signal you want and take a few steps leading with the leg closest to him, then stop, get him to sit, reward and try again. Just take it back to basics, baby steps. Start whith no distraction. Once he knows that you want him to heel and knows what that is, then you can move into a place that is familiour bit with a bit of distraction and do it all again. Keep it up little steps at at time and when he can do that move to more distraction etc. REMEMBER: move to the speed of your dog, dont push him too far too fast but if he does make a leap keep up with him so you keep him interested. And make it clear to him that you want him to heel not social walk.
    Good luck! If you need more help just let me know

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    So a focused heel is where they are heeling on a loose lead, with their attention on you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boxerini View Post
    So a focused heel is where they are heeling on a loose lead, with their attention on you?
    A focused heel is the dog at your left side (or right side) with their shoulder in line with your leg, attention on you watching your face not looking around at everything else.

    Watch the video at the bottom of this page: this is what I'm aiming for with Batty

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    Forgive my ignorance as I have never really walked dogs as I have been on farms most of my life and they have had their exercise chasing butterflies (to coin a phrase) but is the purpose of this safety? That you can get their attention away from something on a walk in a situation you want to get by fast and without trouble?
    I can really see the merit in that. Otherwise I feel a walk should be enjoyable for both and not about control. I think I need some education here.

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    I only use focussed heeling in Obedience work. When my dogs are "off duty", they are free to run & just be dogs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    Forgive my ignorance as I have never really walked dogs as I have been on farms most of my life and they have had their exercise chasing butterflies (to coin a phrase) but is the purpose of this safety? That you can get their attention away from something on a walk in a situation you want to get by fast and without trouble?
    I can really see the merit in that. Otherwise I feel a walk should be enjoyable for both and not about control. I think I need some education here.
    People use focused heel for different reasons. I use it, like you said, for the times I need to keep their focus on me rather than their environment, like my assistance dogs. Most of the time I social walk but it is a good thing to teach your dog to heel or focus or both cause you then have a bit of backup if you get in a situation where you need your dogs attention.

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    Di, I have used focused heeling in years gone past for when I have my dogs off lead but need them right beside me at times when other stupid owners let their dogs come at us!

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    I'm going to be doing obedience trials with Batty and it is a requirement. I want to give myself as much of an advantage as possible.

    It's also something that I think is amazing to watch when it's done properly. And I do want it so that I can get Batty's focus back on me in dangerous situations and walk him out of there just in case there isn't a leash available.

    Batty wanders around on the leash, it's loose and he doesn't pull, he'll come back to me when I call him (social/exercise walking) and that is all brilliant IMO, but it won't cut it for obedience.

    On a plus side (uh-oh derailing my own thread eek!) I taught Batty to retrieve a ball and put it back in my had this morning He's such a smart boy.. If only I could catch up

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    Weight permitting, with your next order, I'll send up some Tuna Fudge just for this purpose. You'll get it done in no time flat using the TF.

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