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OB400: Advanced Heeling and Problem Solving

Instructor: Denise Fenzi

Course Details

This course picks up where Precision Heeling and Heeling Games leaves off.

Here's a video to give you a sense of the class: 

This class is designed to combine precision heeling elements and advanced heeling skills to create the best possible combination of precision and enthusiasm. Significant lecture, video and training techniques will be provided.  Each week will introduce a topic (straight lines, turns, etc.).

Prerequisite courses for a Gold level spot: Precision Heeling and Heeling Games. We will NOT review those courses in this class and many of the techniques used here will presume a working knowledge of basic precision and heeling games techniques, including the correct use of discs, pocket hand, "fly," etc.

Please do not sign up for a Gold level spot unless you have the materials from both Precision Heeling and Heeling Games at any level of participation. This is an advanced course; knowledge and mastery of the basic techniques from those courses will be assumed. A lack of prerequisites is not required for a person enrolling at the bronze level.  Indeed, the materials in this course will be extremely valuable for anyone, regardless of how heeling was initially taught.

Here are some of the things that this class will NOT cover, along with where you can find that information at FDSA:

Distraction or disengagement issues: Both of these problems are normally either issues of reduced reinforcement levels or stress related. See Bridging the Gap and Engagement for issues of reduced reinforcement, and Dealing with the Bogeyman and Engagement for issues of stress in public.

For Ring Specific stress: Please see Ring Confidence and Advanced Ring Confidence for Obedience and Rally and Bridging the Gap. (Advanced Ring Confidence is available for purchase as a retired course).

If your dog works beautifully at home but loses attention in public, it is likely that you have either a generalization issues or a stress issue. Please see Bridging the Gap and the Bogeyman class, respectively.

For what this class WILL cover, please see the syllabus tab!