Day 17: Putting it all together – in the right direction

Initially, I talked about different parts of the heelwork – details, endurance and distractions. I often train them separately, but they must of course also be combined. I can’t keep on turning around or walking in circles for all eternity since the goal is to be able to walk in the direction I want, and that the dog just tags along with me.

Walk ups with other dogs and a lot of stuff happening in front of the dog is one of the most difficult heelwork situations for almost all dogs.

Today’s exercise

  • Think about what distractions you need to work with and think about how you can control your dog’s anticipation.
  • Train heelwork at least once. (Note how many sessions and minutes of heelwork you do. Train what you and your dog need – it doesn’t have to be the training in the blog post of the day.)
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Walk-ups with other dogs and a lot of stuff happening in front of the dog is one of the most difficult heelwork situations for almost all dogs.