Getting Started on Heeling,
Handling, and the Retrieve
Responsible heeling, top left, teaches the dog that it's his job to keep track of you, not vice versa. Target heeling -- using blue tape as a target that is faded -- puts the dog's nose into position. Later, the series will introduce anti-targeting as a way to move the dog's rear into position. Campers partnered on the exercises to learn the value of keeping logs of trials, successes and failures.
Handler exercises give the dogs a rest.
Shaping the retrieve is a major part of the homework after the first camp.
While half of the group works on handler exercises, the other half watches and learns -- a great chance for cuddling the hard-working four-legged ones.