Heel for competition

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What the rulebook says. In obedience tests the dog is expected to sit and move smartly on the handler’s working side and at the pace of the handler. The right shoulder of the dog should be level and about 100 – 150mm (4 – 6 inches) from the left knee of the handler. This position should be maintained throughout the exercise, except the about turn when the dog must move behind the handler’s legs and return to the original heel position. The main feature of the Heel exercise is the ability of the dog to work with its handler as a team.

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Basic Command “No”

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Dogs need to know when they have done something right and when they have done something wrong. When they have done wrong they must be corrected with a deep, low-pitched “Nooo,” because dogs growl in low tones when they say, “I mean business.” However, for humans to effectively growl, “No” is very difficult. In fact the nearest sound to the mommy dog’s reprimand is, “Bah” or “Bad” said in a growling, guttural voice. It will usually have your dog paying attention immediately. Try to use it every time you correct your dog, followed by a gentle, “Good dog ” when they respond correctly.

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Heeling 1

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General.
The main feature of the “Heel” exercise is the ability of the dog to work with its handler as a team. “Heel” means, “remain in this position.” The dog’s attention must be on the handler and he must not smell the ground as he would on a casual walk.

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Down – Stay

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‘DOWN – STAY’ Basic command broken into small component parts to be mastered by the dog.

The “Down” command is more difficult and is taught after the “Sit“. (If your dog has already done some obedience training, a clicker can be used to pinpoint correct behaviour and instead of the verbal “Good dog, Good down.”)

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Heeling

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Heeling. With acknowledgement to Paul Anderson.UK.

Aim: To teach the dog to follow your left hand. C/T = Click and Treat

Equipment: Tasty food in the left hand and Clicker in the right hand. Instead of the Clicker you can say, “Yes” and treat.

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Come & Attention

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Puppies and untrained dogs:

Aim: To teach your dog: 1) to pay attention and look at you. 2) To come when called. 

Equipment: Clicker / treat / tug toy. Code: C/T = Click and Treat (See article “Clicker”)

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Canine Good Citizen Test (Bronze)

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What is a Canine Good Citizen?

A Canine Good Citizen is a friendly, well-behaved dog that we can take virtually anywhere without the risk or bother to others. It is a dog that behaves well in a crowd, has good manners when guests visit our home, is reliable around children, and who does not lunge, bark at, or threaten other dogs or passers-by.

The CGCT rewards dogs that have the training and are reliable family members with a certificate and rosette from the Kennel Union of Southern Africa. (KUSA)

The CGCT is fun and useful. This test of your dog’s manners and training is not a competition and does not require you and your dog to perform with precision. Through it you will establish a closer bond with your dog and your dog will know how to please you.

The CGCT is to ensure that our favourite companion, the dog, can be a respected member of the community because it is trained to act with manners in the home, in public places and in the presence of other dogs. The programme is for purebred and mixed-breed dogs. Read the rest of this entry »

Basic Training Rules

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Never correct or scold your dog after calling him to you or punish him after he has done wrong! Pick up after your dog. Do not allow your dog to play or interfere with other dogs in training. Play with and exercise your dog every day.

Be patient! Never lose your temper! Never use violent tugs or slaps or kicks to punish your dog! Remember, you are going to have fun with your dog. If either you or your dog is frustrated, take a break and try again later.

In all dog training there are some basic phases you must go through to organise your training properly:

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Why & how to play with your dog

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Playing with your dog, especially while he is young, is extremely important as it helps to build and strengthen the bond that you have with him and encourages him to see you as his main source of fun and entertainment. This means that when you are out together, your dog will be more likely to obey a recall, even when engaged in play with other dogs, because he knows that returning to you does not mean an end to his fun, but rather an opportunity for more fun. Games also provide a healthy and socially acceptable way of satisfying a dog’s prey-drive. Energy and skills that would naturally be used for hunting can be redirected into harmless activities such as retrieving and tug-of-war. A dog that is focused on fetching his ball on the beach is far less likely to chase birds and joggers. Games and toys can also be very effective incentives and rewards for obedience training.

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