Difference Between ‘Heeling’ and ‘Loose Lead Walking’
Heeling is an exercise that is a MUST for every dog to learn. It shows the dog your leadership and it’s mentally/physically satisfying for the dog (does not matter if you have a working breed or not). As it is an intense exercise, you only should be doing it for a few minutes (matched to the dogs experience in this format).
On the other hand, ‘Loose Lead Walking’ is a calm exercise that can be done for extended periods of time.
Back Up 3 Steps
Teach your dog to heal backwards – Back Up 3 Steps
Back Up 3 Steps is a Master level Rally Obedience exercise. This technique will help you to teach your dog how to move back and maintain a precise heal position.
Change of Positions
Keep your dog motivated and sharp in the off-season i.e. Summer weather by doing Focused Change of Positions
Teaching your dog to identify a particular scent can be a great game and great for your dog’s mental stimulation as well.
Moving Stand Down Return
One Sign at a time
Rally-O exercise – Moving Stands, Distance Down, Return Around explained.
This is a quick method of measurement to check if your dog is in good condition.
Use of Treat Bags
Knowing how to effectively use your treat bag can make a big difference to your training and help your dog to learn faster. Follow these few tips and see the impact it can have on your training. I have also included a link to the brand of treat bags below that I use and recommend to my clients.
If your dog doesn’t know how to shake, here is how you can teach your dog and impress your friends.
Rollover is a very easy trick to teach your dog. Give it a go and remember to finish on a good note.
Obedience with a little twist
Reward based training is not all about the food, you can use anything that your dog find it resourceful to reward them with. This is a demonstration of some of the Obedience exercises and some unique fun exercises I worked on with my dog and he gets rewarded with a tennis ball in the end.
Doing some exercises that stimulate their brain will help your dog to relax mentally.
Helping out in the Kitchen
Giving your dog a job to do is a great way to teach them to earn their meal.
Grab a Beer
If someone ask you “Can your dog grab a beer?”, do be afraid of saying, “He can, but with the right training”. Always teach your dog something new in small steps and celebrate each milestone with your dog.