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    Smile Ever Being Forced by Your Dog to Work??!!

    We had a great morning walk today. As every morning, it involved a lot of running for Ziggy including chasing the ball and being chased by another dog. And then the best: Ziggy forced me to do some heeling work with her She came to my site, walked next to me and didn’t take her eyes of me. Well, I thought if she is this eager we do a bit. And she did everything perfectly. Walked in the circle with her glued to my side outside and inside, she adjusted her speed to mine from running to walking very slow (without me saying anything), she changed sides when I wanted her to but also did U-turns staying on the side she was on…. PERFECT!

    I have to say in the last weeks we have done a lot of circle work. Pretty much every day a few minutes and the reinforcement schedule she is on is still pretty high (but even this was not the case today) so I guess that is why she did it. Wanted to get some treats

    It is such a joy to work with her! Love her!

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    That's great news.

    A lady I used to work with, a professional trainer her now old dog was a real heeling fool in his younger days, he would do heeling as part of his reward.

    Crazy I know.

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    Wow she sounds like a very eager to learn dog! Just goes to show that they do love learning

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    Funny you say that MAC, I don't think heeling will ever become self rewarding for Ziggy (or at least not as rewarding as running to the other dog or checking out those birds ) but targeting my hand is getting there. She simply loves doing it and as soon as she sees my hand stretched out she targets it

    Yep Krystal, she is very eager to learn.

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    ohhhhh cool dog...... i guess Ziggy was just like 'if i do good i get treats!!!!' lol
    If heaven doesnt have dogs im not goin.......

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