start this command, have your dog off the lead.
Click and treat when he comes within a metre of
you – don’t worry about the distance (to
much at this stage). Move away from him and he
should follow, he should become closer each
Raise the odds – rather than just coming to
you, we want him on the left of you.
Click and treat if he comes on your left
hand side (again, don’t worry about distance
– we have moved the criteria, remember we
can’t polish two things at the same time!)
the odds again – only click and treat when he
comes to your left but closer – this will
happen quite fast as he will be watching for the
whilst he is at your side and then throw the
treat out, he should then move out for this.
He then has to learn he must come back to
you for the next click, he should return to you,
click and treat. After a few repetitions, he
should be doing his utmost to stay near you,
each time you move away or get him to move away,
he should come straight back.
Raise the odds again – he should now have a
good idea of the position.
When he comes to your side, move away one
pace, if he is still there click and reward.
Repeat this exercise until you are
confident you can move onto two steps, then
three etc. any setbacks go back to what you know
he can achieve and build up again.
the odds again and build up the amount of steps
before clicking and treating (4 steps, then 10,
then 15 and back to 3) vary the interval.
you are happy, you can now introduce the command
handlers use different commands for general
heelwork and close heelwork so it’s entirely
up to you.
I use “heel” for general and
“close” for spot on heelwork.
where the target stick is very useful!
Our first aim is to get the dog to touch
our leg. Point
the target stick close across your leg, when the
dog makes contact with the stick, click and
this up then remove the target stick and
concentrate on him making contact with your leg.
When you are
happy that he is making contact with your leg
for the click and treat, move away from him.
He should come straight to your leg (if
not, reintroduce the target stick).
After a few repetitions of this, your dog
should be quite insistent to maintain in close
contact with you.
If your dog breaks
contact when you start to move, reintroduce the
target stick. Once you are happy he is walking with close contact,
introduce the command “Close”.
teach the leave, place a treat on the floor and
cover it with your hand. Your dog may paw, sniff
or mouth your hand, keep the treat covered. As
soon as he takes a step back from it, click,
open your hand with the treat and let him take
this up and you will find he will sit back from
the treat very quickly.
When you are happy with this, place the
treat uncovered on the floor.
If he moves towards it, cover with your
hand, if he stays away or steps back – click
soon as you are happy with the behaviour,
introduce the command “leave”.