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OB400: Advanced Heeling and Problem Solving

Instructor: Denise Fenzi

Course Details

This course picks up where Precision Heeling and Heeling Games leaves off.

Here's a video to give you a sense of the class: 

This class is designed to combine precision heeling elements and advanced heeling skills to create the best possible combination of precision and enthusiasm. Significant lecture, video and training techniques will be provided.  Each week will introduce a topic (straight lines, turns, etc.).

Prerequisite courses for a Gold level spot: Precision Heeling and Heeling Games. We will NOT review those courses in this class and many of the techniques used here will presume a working knowledge of basic precision and heeling games techniques, including the correct use of discs, pocket hand, "fly," etc.

Please do not sign up for a Gold level spot unless you have the materials from both Precision Heeling and Heeling Games at any level of participation. This is an advanced course; knowledge and mastery of the basic techniques from those courses will be assumed. A lack of prerequisites is not required for a person enrolling at the bronze level.  Indeed, the materials in this course will be extremely valuable for anyone, regardless of how heeling was initially taught.

Here are some of the things that this class will NOT cover, along with where you can find that information at FDSA:

Distraction or disengagement issues: Both of these problems are normally either issues of reduced reinforcement levels or stress related. See Bridging the Gap and Engagement for issues of reduced reinforcement, and Dealing with the Bogeyman and Engagement for issues of stress in public.

For Ring Specific stress: Please see Ring Confidence and Advanced Ring Confidence for Obedience and Rally and Bridging the Gap. (Advanced Ring Confidence is available for purchase as a retired course).

If your dog works beautifully at home but loses attention in public, it is likely that you have either a generalization issues or a stress issue. Please see Bridging the Gap and the Bogeyman class, respectively.

For what this class WILL cover, please see the syllabus tab! 

Registration

There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Gold level registration was by lottery, there's no silver level, registration for bronze will begin at 11:30am PST.

Enrollment limits: Gold: 12 students, Bronze: unlimited. If you are interested in bronze level, you can sign up any time during the registration period.

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.

Syllabus

 

LECTURE #1: COMBINING HEELING GAMES WITH PRECISION; BASIC CONCEPTS AND TRADEOFFS

Placement of rewards: The Tradeoffs

Selecting the correct motivators: The Tradeoffs

Your attitude and energy:  The Tradeoffs

 

SKILL LIST #1:  STRAIGHT LINES (ERRORS, SOLUTIONS AND COUNTERACTING MOVEMENTS)

LAGGING

Heeling Practice Errors

Errors in positioning rewards:

HEELING WIDE

Handler drifts left in heeling

Heeling Practice Errors

Poor reward placement

Obstructions 

FORGING

Dog Forges because of Incorrect Toy Reward Placement

Dog Forges with Food Reward

Dog Forges to see your face 

CROWDING:

Avoiding corrections

Improper reward placement

Temperament/enthusiasm

BUTT OUT (CRABBING)

Avoid paying attention (braille heeling)

Fear

Trainer issues

DOG ANTICIPATES ON THE JUDGE'S COMMAND

DOG LOSES ATTENTION IN HEELING

Bored

No expectation of attention

Unclear work cues

Dog over faced with distractions

Dog gets quickly distracted

Dog is startled

 

LECTURE #2: UNDERSTANDING HEELING SOLUTIONS

Make dog “more wrong”

Muscle Memory

Incompatible behaviors

Reward for Position

Forcing Effort and Attention

How to use training techniques

Testing

Fading Aids

When to reward

  

SKILL LIST #2:  TURNS:  ERRORS, SOLUTIONS AND COUNTERACTING MOVEMENTS

LEFT TURNS

Forging

Does not see the turn coming

Does not pull rear in after turn

Lagging on left turns

RIGHT TURNS

Forging 

Bumping

Wide

ABOUT TURNS

Forging 

Lagging 

Wide 

 

LECTURE #3: ERRORS OF DISTRESS (Fear, Discomfort, Frustration, Worry)

whining and barking

heeling too close

vocalization NOT caused by worry or distress

 

SKILL LIST #3:  CHANGE OF PACE: ERRORS, SOLUTIONS AND COUNTERACTING MOVEMENTS

Lagging into fast pace

Moves wide into the fast pace

Crowds in the fast pace

Forging into fast pace

Slow to decelerate from Fast Pace

Decelerates before end of Fast Pace

Crowds in the fast pace

Wide in slow pace

Position Drifting randomly in a slow pace

Loss of attention in slow pace

Slow acceleration from halt to regular pace

Forges from sit at halt to normal pace

 

LECTURE #4:  TRAINING VS. TRIALING

 

SKILL LIST #4:  HALTS:  ERRORS, SOLUTIONS AND COUNTERACTING MOVEMENTS

Slow halts

Hydraulic sit/hover butt

Crooked halt (Butt out)

No sit

Crooked halt (butt in)

 

SKILL LIST #5:  THE FIGURE EIGHT

Dog does not accelerate on the start, or outside corner, or tends to lag anywhere in the figure eight

The start - dog does not move out of the way to the left

Forges or bumps at any point in the figure eight

 

Prerequisites and Equipment

Prerequisiste classes for Gold:   Both Precision Heeling and Heeling Games

Prerequisite for Bronze:  None but knowledge from earlier classes (heeling games and precision heeling) will be assumed.  Most students will still do very well even without those classes.

Equipment:  None

Space required:  Large enough for basic heeling training.  This assumes access to a space about half the size of a competition ring -  at the Gold level - for many of the exercises.

Course Testimonials

A SAMPLING OF WHAT PRIOR STUDENTS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS COURSE ...

Denise is an incredibly knowledgeable instructor and dog training. In conveying her thoughts, she is thorough and easy to understand. Her videos for this course were incredibly helpful and extensive. I am thrilled to have the Library which I will be reviewing regularly. Sandra G.             


This was a great 3 part heeling series. I just can't say enough good things about it! The level of feedback was exceptional - and unmatched with traditional live classes. The Skill Lists are phenomenal - with clear and thorough explanations that will last a lifetime! Julie S           


I knew as soon as I logged in for the first time that this course would be a step above my other online experiences. At first glance, the lectures were comprehensive and well written. Videos succinctly demonstrated each training scenario, no extra fluff. Just looking at the lectures alone, I've never seen a more comprehensive heeling resource. Lectures contain the perfect amount of detail to explain, encourage comprehension and create those wonderful "ah-ha" moments. I'm not exaggerating here, Denise has a gift. I was fortunate to audit a very talented and hardworking class of students in the June-July 2014 session. How wonderful that these dogs represented a slew of different breeds, motivation levels, and experience. Denise addressed each team individually and constructively and the improvements were tremendous.            


It is amazing to realize that Internet training isn't "second best". The success of training through video and critiques and lectures is nothing short of amazing. Thank you for bringing this quality of instruction to everyone, regardless of their geographical location           


Exceeded expectations - more creative solutions than even given my very high expectations I had imagined.            


The creative solutions to any heeling problem imaginable have significantly improved my knowledge base and have provided me with novel solutions to help me to improve my dog's performance.           


Your ability to zero in on the most important areas and get things on the right track is phenomenal. And your video critique is always spot on, definitely achieving the goal of making the person want to try harder.             


I can't believe how much my dog and I learned in Advanced Heeling from Denise! She is so amazing at knowing exactly what each team needs to succeed. I am thrilled at how far we have come with the heeling series, and that my dog really enjoys heeling with me now instead of it being boring. . . ~ Jill S.            


Lilly and I really enjoyed Advanced Heeling and Problem solving. Denise clearly has such great experience and knowledge and knows exactly how to help each dog. Awesome Class !