Friday, February 4, 2011

heeling stuff

Oreo & I have been diligently working on our 7 steps to a perfect heel.

We are at step 3 now. We are practicing getting Oreo into position on various objects and adding verbal cues. I felt as though we were almost ready to move on, until I watched this footage.

I was clicking for when Oreo touched my leg, but it seems as though his back end is still not where I want it. I don't want to rush to move on before I'm sure he completely understands where I want him.

I plan on doing a couple more sessions like this, and trying to click for a better position.

I think Oreo really is getting the hang of it.  He is going the "hard" direction more often than the easy way now.  He learned he was getting bigger rewards that direction.

I was hoping to be further along before our rally class on Saturday, but I think everything we've done so far will still help us in class.

13 comments:

♥ helen said...

You and your dog are really clever. I like clicker training too, but lately I haven`t been motivated for training.

Ricky the Sheltie said...

Looks like the heel training is going great! He did well even on the piece of paper and then no paper! I see what you mean though - he is not really swinging his rear end into line with his front. He'll get it though I'm sure!

Have fun at your rally class tomorrow and I'll look forward to hearing all about it!

Priscilla said...

Amazing!! Oreo is doing great!!!!
The clicker is possibly one of the best inventions ever invented!

Have fun at rally class!

Ludo van Doggy said...

He is doing great. He'll get the rear end, once he realises you want that bit too. I think we;ll try this. :) It's a good idea.

Dawn said...

He's getting it. Though you might want to hold the food up closer to your face, because ultimately you want him watching YOU not your hand. He's so smart!!

Sara said...

Dawn, You are right. Oreo stares at my hands constantly. We are working on eye contact separately, but it has been very hard to break old habits.

Sophie said...

Aww! Oreo's rear end may not be 100% in position yet, but he definitely looks like he's getting there. Good job Oreo, and good job Sara! :)

Kathy said...

It looks fantastic, Oreo really looks like he understands the position well, and looks like he love the game. Great job and great job moving the pivot point lower and lower, I just love ST's video and method. the only thing I noticed which might help with the straight rear (actually I do the same thing and am trying to work on this myself!) is that when Oreo is on your left side I notice you treat across your body and a little more forward, which I would think encourages him to swing his back out ever so slightly so he is looking in front of you, and on the other side you do treat on the outside of his head which encourages him to be straighter. Susan Garret made us touch our hip with the treat and then give it to the dog which I think reinforces the position and keeps them looking more at that spot, and some classes I have had have you treat on the outside of the head which keeps the dog turned a little more facing out which makes the butt go in closer in the back. Anyway, just a thought about why it might look better one side then the other. YOu guys are going to really do well in rally with the rear end awareness and the positioning practice you guys have been doing!!!

Sara said...

Thanks for the tips Kathy.

Kathy said...

The funny thing is that the treat reward placement is really hard for me and I do reach across my body when the dogs are on my left side, and have trouble with positioning because of that, I do great on the right side..and I am way more likely to train the heel on the right side, it is just more comfortable for me, so better treat placement on that side is my big challenge ;-(.

Katie, Maizey and Magnus said...

This is awesome! It's great since I have been working on magnus perch work the last few days, but without our agility class am not sure where to take it, but I can totally see how this works!

I too had to learn to treat with my left hand, it feels awkward but is much more accurate.

What are the seven steps to heeling? I must have missed that post.:( But it sounds perfect for where Maizey is.

Thanks so much for this!

Diana said...

I know nothing about teaching heeling. It looks good to me. I was going to say the same thing as Kathy about treating with hand closes to the dog so he doesnt move out of position.

Kirby @ Dog.Nerd.101 said...

Great heeling work. I am working through Silvia's method with my puppy too. I need to keep working on rewarding with the close hand too... I find when I reward across my body, he creeps up. Also, someone else mentioned this tip, but I found it really helpful for my guy. Treating on the outside of the dogs head (sort of over his outside eye, or just on the outside of his head - further away from my body) because the head turn out and away from my body, keeps his rear end tucked in nicely. Great job!