Unit Four – Off Cue Leave It Stages 4 to 7

Stage Four –  ‘Leaving at Heel dog on the Inside’

 

This introduces the leave it choice based exercise into your heelwork. You need to have good heelwork first to begin this exercise. 
Place out your treat distraction
Start by walking in a circle around the treat, making sure the dog is on the outside and you give plenty of distance. Marking and rewarding all the time. The reward tells the dog is has done right, it also builds motivation to leave so a high rate of reinforcement at the start is key.
Also if you see the dog look at the treat or move towards then self-correct by coming back to position or refocusing on you, mark and reward
You can then progress by making the circle smaller and moving closer to the treat distraction.

Watch the Video Tutorial 

 

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Step 5 – Dog on the Inside

Next you can work with the dog on the inside. This now challenges you and the dog because they are closer.
Begin with plenty of distance between you and the treat distraction and then re tighten the circle as before.
You can also work on straight lines walking straight past with the dog on the outside and inside

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Leave it Progression Step Six

‘Leaving at Heel off Lead’

Once the dog is really good a leaving on lead and you have lots of repetition of success you can progress to doing the same off lead.

This starts to create the skill to be able to have the dog making the right choices off lead in the real world.

Start as before on a large outside circle, gradually move in then progress to an inside circle.

  

If you get to close too soon or train for too long the dog may attempt to get the treat.

If the dog is on lead you can usually stop this by shortening the lead. However off lead you don’t have this option. If you dog does move forwards and takes the treats, just start again and reduce your criteria back a little and get some more rewards in at that stage.

 

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Leave it Progression Step Seven

‘Leave it Heeling off Lead and Recalling’

You can now combine your heeling off lead and recalling away by walking towards to the treat, then stepping back and recalling away. Start by stopping quite far from the treat before you recall and then gradually start to get closer and closer before you call away.
Remember the dog should be getting several treats for coming away, not just one or two.
 
If you are unsure if it is going to be successful you can start on lead and progress to off lead

 

Watch the Video Tutorial 

 

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Copyright Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) 2017

 

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