Obedience Camp One - Training (Posted March 27, 2001)

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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.

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