Instructor: Shade Whitesel
Note: Week one class lectures will be released on June 1st but your instructor will not join the classroom until Monday, June 4 due to participation in the FDSA Training Camp. This class will be extended to July 15th to allow for this delay.
My favorite way to teach heeling is to shape it! This class is the 2nd in a series of 3 (possibly 4!) and deals primarily with moving straight heel. We cover how to get attention 'walking backwards" which is the start of your motivated heeling. By walking backwards, and teaching heeling this way, it allows you to teach straight head position, gait, pace, etc.. without craning your head to the side and messing up your trial body language. Then we cover how to move into straight heeling, tips on getting pushy heeling (offered behavior, it's the key!) and different ways of reinforcing to get optimal position and motivation out of your dog. This course concentrates on covering the first 5-15 steps of straight heeling, getting perfect heeling, position and motivation in those beginning steps.
Check the pre requisites page for handler skills and dog skills that are strongly recommended coming into this course.