I watched an interview (c/o Susan Garrett) this morning with Chris Connell whose previous job was training Navy seal soldiers to train their dogs. He's now full time people and dog training and also he has a new puppy that he's training with all reward based training - no aversives (apart from you don't get a reward for that...) for IPO and tracking.
He talked about how he deals with people who think it can't be done. Mostly by the doing... He's doing Susan Garrett's puppy peaks and recallers and learning heaps about the current animal training science - and his mechanics (timing and placement of rewards) are amazing.
Here's two videos.
Chris Connell trial performance prep - various breeds of dog
using reward based training (no aversives) to train for IPO and tracking - busting traditional aversive based methods.
Chris Connell at Bailey chicken camp - mechanics supremo
today he said that even a shoulder twist would be seen as a cue by the chicken
Chris's youtube channel The Silent Option
One thing he talked about for getting nice heel work was a combination of having magnetic balls for his dog to target - one in the middle of his back, one in his armpit (roughly ) and one in his right hand..
And also doing what he called "backwards heelwork" where the handler walks (or runs) backwards and rewards the dog for being "in the reinforcement zone". And he says - it's a good way to get all your behaviours how you want in terms of position and carriage and targeting - before you and the dog move off in the same direction - as for competition... ie then you can start with nice working style - going forwards - straight away having got all the dodgy stuff with the handler going backwards.
Cheeky me - asked about the dog going backwards - which is what I've been trying to get but I've got bunny hopping backwards or her butt winding out...