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.

Good luck with your training!

//Elsa & Lena at Retrieving for All Occasions

Heelwork
Elsa Blomster

Day 6: Pivot

When the dog can find it’s position by my side when I walk it is also good if it can come to my side when

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Heelwork
Elsa Blomster

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

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Delivery to hand
Elsa Blomster

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

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Blind retrieves
Elsa Blomster

Walk up

When we were in England at a summercamp with Dogs for life and Philippa Williams a couple of years ago we did a lot of 

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Heelwork
Elsa Blomster

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,

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Heelwork
Elsa Blomster

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

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Heelwork
Lena Gunnarsson

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

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Heelwork
Elsa Blomster

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

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