Off Leash Training

The heel off leash starts from the heel position. Unsnap
the leash and have your dog sitting squarely at your heel.
Upon the command, “Forward”, from your instructor, step
off on your left foot while saying the dog’s name and
“Heel”. If he lags or heels wide, give him encouragement to
heel by saying his name and repeating the command. If he
bolts away, put him back on the leash immediately. Do not
let him think you lack control over him because he is off
the leash.
It is important that you show confidence in your dog
when training but especially when he is doing exercises off
leash. When you step off to heel, give the command in a
confident manner and step out briskly. Do not hesitate and
look to see if he is keeping up or your dog will almost
certainly lag behind and stop. Do the heel off leash for
short periods of time; then place him back on leash for
more heeling.
Most dogs will become bored at some level of training.
In the 4-H program, your dog will probably receive the
Beginner’s training the first year, the Graduate Beginner’s
training the second year and so on. Spreading out the
training will help prevent boredom, but it may still be a
problem in Novice and Graduate Novice courses. Training
only once or twice a week or stopping entirely for a week
or two may help a dog that is obviously bored with
training.

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