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Heeling Rehabilitation & Proofing  – Using Incompatible Behaviors

Problem Solving and Proofing Heeling

This is a clip pulled from the Heeler’s Toolbox 3 class discussing the use of incompatible behaviors to rehabilitate common heeling problems. ‘Crabbing' and 'heeling wide' (too much space between dog and handler) are symptoms of improper teaching in the heeling process. By using outside reward placement, right drifting footwork, and left turns, we can teach the dog to keep their bodies both straight and close while also teaching them not to lean across the handler during heeling. It’s a great way to rehabilitate a dog that tends to ‘crab'; a dog that leaves to much space between them and the handler; or to proof rear-end awareness of our dogs that already have a strong understanding of proper position.


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Leerburg's Online Basic Dog Obedience Course

The most important aspect of balanced dog training course to me is to have a rock solid foundation. The dog has to trust you and interact with you before they can learn anything. Using marker training is a great way to motivate them. Also true is not to try and do too much with the dog to soon. Short training sessions more often is the key. As I have a 4 month old pup that I'm working with. She has very high energy with both toy drive and tug. The focus is the hardest thing which means everything has to be short lived and her wanting more. I know it will get better in time. Thank you for putting out this course. It has made me a better owner and trainer. The one that wins is my dog.

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Question: Is my 6 month old Corgi puppy dominant or does she just lack training?

I'm afraid this may be kind of a stupid question to seasoned veterans such as yourselves, but I've seen "dominant"/independent behavior from my 6 month old puppy ever since she came home with me at 10 weeks. She is a corgi so by breeding she's very stubborn and smart. She attempts to jump onto furniture all the time (I tell her OFF and enforce with body block if I have to), blows off my commands even in the house (or complies very slowly), bullies other puppies (not adults), used to be extremely sensitive about being touched and she still does not like to be held or cuddled, and she has bitten two people on the hand before for taking things out of her mouth. Is this truly dominant behavior or just a lack of good training on my part? By reading some of your material I'm inclined to think that due her age she shouldn't be showing dominant behavior just yet, but just personality-wise she's never been one to please or care about humans. In either case, what should I be doing with her?

Cindy's Response:

I'd recommend taking away some of her options to continue making mistakes.

We don't allow any of our puppies (regardless of breed) to have the ability to get on furniture, not pay attention to us or have things they are not supposed to.

I'd highly recommend our videos Your Puppy 8 Weeks to 8 Months and Living with Your Puppy ~ Establishing Pack Structure. You'll see how we raise puppies in our own home.

She's simply doing what she's been allowed to do, which is very typical of a puppy that's not been shown crystal clear rules.

Good luck, we've had Corgis in our family for many years. They are super dogs, but like ALL dogs, they need rules and training.

Cindy

For more questions on this topic, see our Q&A on Puppies.

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