So this is it, the new website. I'll be adding topics one by one and you're very welcome to post your experience, thoughts and questions about the topic. I'll also be reporting about activities in LoLaBu Training Center that I'm hopefully opening in few months. So for all, asking me if you can come for agility, puppy and tricks classes, privates, seminars and camps: hopefully very soon all that will be possible!!! Yes, that's where the name LoLaBuLand Experience comes from:). We're moving from the virtual to the real world.
Speaking about the real world: if you know anybody interested in being a sponsor of LoLaBuLand Training Center and/or in advertising their products through our center, don't hesitate to contact me:). Anything would be greatly appreciated.
I'm opening the discussion about Running Contacts, it's your turn now.
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I love what you do with your dogs and have been watching your youtubes for a while now.
Can you explain how you get your dogs to watch you so intently when they are heeling next to you please.
A lot of people use hand or leg targets down here, but I’d like to get away from that and keep the focus on me.
Also, how do you keep your dogs in such high drive for heelwork?
Another Question……Your dogs look so healthy. DO you favor any type of diet for your dogs?
I don’t like targets all that much in general and don’t use it at all in heeling. I shape them to look up at me and don’t allow any looking at the hand. I guess I somehow shape the enthusiasm for heelwork too as I only like really powerful, enthusiastic, energetic heeling. But that’s mostly what I get in a first place, that’s pretty much how they do whatever they are doing, heelwork, agility, tricks… -- doesn’t really matter for them.
I think what keeps them healthy is keeping them happy:). Lots of individual attention, lots of hiking in the nature, lots of playing and always giving them new things to learn, new problems to solve, new games to win. I don’t pay much attention to their (or mine:) diet, we all eat whatever we get:).
I think I need to do more problems to solve and tricks to learn. That’s a place that I have not given much time to…it’s been too much formal stuff, so that probably can dull down the enthusiasm too.
I will start today !!!
Good plan! In my puppy obedience classes, we used to do just formal stuff, no tricks. When I limited formal stuff to minimum and added tons of tricks, the formal stuff got magically better too, despite we spend LESS time working on it!
Well, I’ve made a start with the tricks right now. All of my dogs stood there looking at me for a while wondering what I wanted, but, I have front feet up on an upsidedown dish now! Woo-hoo ! Second day it was much better. And interestingly, they did watch me more in the other things after that. So I see your point.
I tried the heeling without the hand as a target…eek ! My older girl isn’t too bad, but my young boy is all over the place. Ooooh…it’s not good !
What would you recommend? Would you use food in your hand ?
I tried just talking too him as well. but I’m really not sure about it all.
Have you ever done a video on how to teach heeling?
I love your training centre…you are so lucky to have such a beautiful place to use. Congratulations.
Yeap, tricks do wonders! I never use a lure for heeling. Will be making a training video on heeling soon, I hope it’s out in July!
Looking forward to the video.
I take your point about the lure.