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Heelwork

The heel work is very important for both retrievers and spaniels, even though the retriever is required to have a more exact heeling position than the spaniel. The aim is that the dog follows the handler, without the handler having to focus on the dog. We start the heel work training as soon as we can with our puppies and on this page you’ll find all our blog posts on the subject.

Day 3: Get started with heelwork

I start to train heelwork as soon as I get the puppy home and continue practicing practically every day of the dog’s life. What I do first is to reward the dog for voluntarily seeking out my left side and then I gradually increase the time it should walk there....

Day 2: Heelwork diagnosis

Something Lena and I usually distinguish ourselves with is that we want to practice what is most important right now to achieve the result we want. It applies to our courses, with our private students and not least in our own training. We even have a number of...

Day 1: Heelwork challenge!

Heelwork is something that a lot of people struggle with. It requires a lot of training and focus to become good. Therefore, I’m going to have a heelwork challenge in the coming weeks (until the end of February)! I will post a heelwork advice every day –...

The party of the year: Summer camp

Every year we have a gun dog summer camp which is just so much fun so we wanted to share a story from our second summer camp a couple of years ago. The previous year’s camp was amazing and this camp was at least as fantastic, according to many of those whom...

Back to basics

I claim that one can pass a novice cold game trial in Sweden through working on deliveries, steadiness and heeling (providing, naturally, that the dog is interested in hunting and will pick up game). I constantly go back to those basics, both in my own training and...

Seek out Your Left Side

Follow the leader – or follow the handler Heelwork is something that recurs in all field trials and working tests (and also in obedience trials, rally obedience, and of course in everyday life. The heelwork required in the obedience training differs from the heelwork...

Follow the Left Leg

The difference between an easy marked retrieve and a difficult blind retrieve Last summer when we were in England at  Philippa William’s Castleman’s gun dogs & Dogs for Life’s summer camp we got good advice on how to train heelwork. Among other...

Calm heeling

When I began to work on gun dog heeling with Totte, I had been working on his heeling for obedience for two years. That training wasn’t going that well. Totte has always had a tendency to make noise and we weren’t getting anywhere because he was vocalizing. I have...

Flamingo walk

When I was in England visiting Phillippa Williams last summer (www.dogsforlife.co.uk) we got to try a slightly different way of training heelwork. Simply put we teach the dog to go forward when we move our left foot and stop when we raise our right foot. Besides...
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