The Heel Off Leash

The heel off leash starts from the heel position. Unsnap the leash and have your dog sitting squarely at your heel.

Leash Heels
Figure 1- Before heeling your dog off leash, you may want to test him by hanging the leash around your neck.
Figure 2- Show confidence in your dog when he is off leash.

Upon the command, "Forward", from your instructor, step off on your left foot while saying the dog's name and "Heel". If he lags or heels wide, give him encouragement to heel by saying his name and repeating the command. If he bolts away, put him back on the leash immediately. Do not let him think you lack control over him because he is off the leash.

It is important that you show confidence in your dog when training but especially when he is doing exercises off leash. When you step off to heel, give the command in a confident manner and step out briskly. Do not hesitate and look to see if he is keeping up or your dog will almost certainly lag behind and stop. Do the heel off leash for short periods of time; then place him back on leash for more heeling.

Figure 3- Walk faster if your dog lags. Talk to him encouragingly and praise him when he does well.

Most dogs will become bored at some level of training. In the 4-H program, your dog will probably receive the Beginner's training the first year, the Graduate Beginner's training the second year and so on. Spreading out the training will help prevent boredom, but it may still be a problem in Novice and Graduate Novice courses. Training only once or twice a week or stopping entirely for a week or two may help a dog that is obviously bored with training.

Getting Started With Dumbbells

Getting Started With Dumbbells

The use of dumbbells gives you a much more comprehensive strengthening effect because the workout engages your stabilizer muscles, in addition to the muscle you may be pin-pointing. Without all of the belts and artificial stabilizers of a machine, you also engage your core muscles, which are your body's natural stabilizers.

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  • Carambo
    How do i get a dog to heel off leash and not lag?
    7 years ago
  • Arran
    How to stop lagging in off lead heeling?
    7 years ago

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