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First, a few definitions:
Heel Position: Heel position is where the dog is at your left, so that he is facing the exact same direction as you, with your leg being approximately in line with the space between his shoulder and his nose.
Front: The dog is sitting in front of you, straight (facing directly opposite of what you're facing), close enough that you can reach him but not touching you.
And now, on to the exercises:
Heel On Leash & Figure 8: Your dog should be at heel throughout the entire exercise. You are only permitted to tell him to "heel" when you start walking foreward, not at turns or speed changes. You will be asked to "halt," "about turn," "left turn," "right turn," "fast," "normal," and "slow." The leash must be loose throughout the exercise.
Stand for Examination: Your dog must stand perfectly still as the judge goes over him. The dog can only move their feet minorly, and not move or sit.
Grooming: A judgement of how well cared for your dog is. Basic grooming is all that is necessary.
Recall: Your dog is left in a sit-stay, and may not move until you call him. He must come to the front position, then, when you are told, he is to move to the heel position.
Long Sit & Long Down: Your dog must sit, with you at the end of the leash, for 1 minute, and down for 3 minutes.
At the novice level (Nala & Harley), the dog does "Heel Free" rather than the Grooming exercise, and all exercises except Heel on Leash are done off-lead.
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Supplies: Leash, collar, treats, clicker.
Supplies: Leash, collar.
Please e-mail me a progress report for this exercise on the 1st (or shortly after). Thanks :)
See directions/requirements for last homework. However, add *two* steps to the heeling exercise from the 7th to 14th, and three steps from the 14th to the 21st. Continue with the sit/stay and down/stay exercise.
Please follow the directions for sub-novice trainers, excepting that your stays are to be done off-lead at 20 steps from the dog. If the dog breaks, return to two steps out.
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