After seeing oodles of teams make remarkable progress in a single session, I can say with confidence this method creates a fast and fun way to train joyful, engaged, precision heeling by making the right choice super easy and the wrong choice nearly impossible. -- Dev Sperber
Who is this class for?
-- people new to dog-training who want to teach their dogs to heel
-- experienced dog trainers who want to fine tune their dog's heel position or increase their dog's enthusiasm and joy while heeling
-- people with reactive dogs who want to train attentive heeling to get past challenging scenarios
-- dog sports instructors interested in learning a simple way to teach joyful, engaged heeling and circle work so students and dogs have fun and progress quickly
-- agility enthusiasts with motion-sensitive dogs that bark or spin or jump up on their handlers
-- dog sports enthusiasts with dogs that pull them in and out of the ring
-- freestyle enthusiasts who want to integrate flashy, enthusiastic heeling, side stepping, and circle work into their routines
-- hiking enthusiasts who want their dogs to happily alternate between running off leash and heeling because heeling is so much fun
-- search and rescue handlers whose dogs need to pass an obedience test that involves heeling off leash
-- anyone looking for a new, fun activity you can do with your dog at home
The early steps are best practiced indoors and at home (no props needed). I came up with the idea that led to the creation of this technique for teaching heeling and circle work after a winter spent doing super fun heeling activities with my dogs in my house. Both dogs are now heeling better than ever and offer heeling while out for hikes and walks. As you progress through this class, you will eventually need 1-2 Expens and a couple of traffic cones... and your dog!