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Old July 12th 03, 07:54 AM
Lynn K.
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"Stephen Gray" wrote in message news:

The only problem is the 'heel'
command. She pulls on her lead to the point where she is almost choking. I
definitely don't want to use any of those pinching collar/gentle leader type
things as she should walk to heel on command and not due to external force.

She doesn't know where Heel is. Pulling on the
leash and Heel really aren't related because
Heel is a place at your left side, not how she
should react to the lead.

Start teaching her in your home or backyard, with
no leash on at all. I start pups at 8 weeks old
with a bit of liverwurst on a cooking spoon or
dowel. The pup will move with you to follow the
scent (held at her nose level on your left side
to lure her into heel position). No commands.
The point is to teach her that she can move
with you with her head up and to habituate her
to that place. From there, you can start to give
the name "Heel" to that place on your left side
by using your hand, a treat or toy, and praising
her "Good Heel" when she hits the right place.
She should be able to find Heel from any angle
before you ever take a step.

Lynn K.
Old July 12th 03, 06:20 PM
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Jo Wolf said in rec.pets.dogs.behavior:

Did you know that the most dangerous training collar is the
chain "choke" collar?

Did *you* know that the most dangerous training collar is the
one that's used improperly? And that includes a flat buckle

--Matt. Rocky's a Dog.

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