The Focused Heel is one of the most impressive of obedience exercises. It is used in all dog obedience sports such as AKC, IPO /IGP Schutzhund as well as the Ring Sports. It looks very simple, but it’s not! It takes a long time to build a good focused heel.
In this online dog training lesson I’ll break down the basics of the focused heel. I’ve taught it before, but it is ALWAYS a good idea to revisit training exercises from a fresh perspective. There are a few other parts to this lesson, such as some corrective tools as well as a version using the e-collar for corrections. I will post them in the near future. For now, spend some time learning this portion, it will come in very handy for the following lessons…
Building a good focused heel requires a good relationship with your dog and a trust. Your dog is required to look at you, not where he or she is going. This requires a connection and blind trust. As I said, it takes a long time to build this exercise so let’s get started with training.
This is a long video lesson, almost 30 minutes and it will take you a long time to perfect – so be patient!