OK, here is our heeling update. I feel we are almost ready to start step 5 of the 7 step process, and we have one week to go until our rally class.
Oreo knows the position, now we have to add more steps, high head, and duration. Step 7 is adding the high legs kicks and very high head, I'm OK if we don't get to that point by Saturday.
Many people suggested feeding Oreo from my left hand to help get him into position. Boy, did I try! However, it freaked Oreo out. He is so used to me feeding from my right hand, I think it scared him when my left hand came to his face. He would immediately jump out of position!
My little sensitive dog, notices every change!
Anyway, here is where we were this past Saturday. I threw in a little footage of us doing eye contact drills. I wish I had a before video of that, because Oreo is doing so well, compared to where we came from.
I went back and watched our two previous heeling videos, and boy, have we made progress!
My main concern is will Oreo be able to generalize this trick to other places. We've worked on it in different rooms of the house. I'd like to take it outdoors, but the paths I shoveled in the yard are very narrow. One of us would get a snow rash.
We saw Oreo's behaviorist yesterday....I'll be posting an update on that in a couple days! Our plan has changed a bit.