Warmups/Foundation exercises

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  • Foundation recalls
  • Focus trees
  • Puppy Pushups (sit, down, up-sit)
  • Doggie Burpees version 1: Stand, sit, down, up-sit, stand.
  • Doggie Burpees version 2: Stand, FOLDING down, stand. That last stand will have to be lured forward, but your dog's feet will remain in the same place.
  • BACKING UP
  • SPIN & TWIRL
  • Heel position pivots on foot target.
  • Front positions on foot target.
  • Paper plate fronts. (click for new video)

Send-away to foot target by cone

*Foundation exercise

Exercise

1) Start by placing the foot target bucket either behind or just to the left of the cone.

2) The first few times you might need to guide your dog with your hand (no cookie lure) around the cone & to the foot target.

3) It is important for your dog to go around the cone because it lines them up straight. When dogs swing into position, they are crooked more often than not. Sometimes it's so severe that a it's difficult to get into heel position. 

Distance commands

*Foundation exercise, expanded!

This exercise is expanding on our position changes on a flat foot target, we will now begin adding distance. 

Tips

Keep in mind that rewarding your dog by throwing the treat behind them will help keep your dog form creeping forward. Dogs always want to be as close to the reward as possible. Therefore we can utilize that by ensuring the reward always come from behind.

You can also use a PVC square (aka a positioning box, pictured here) on the ground instead of a platform.

Tuck sits & tight fronts

Tips

Demonstrated in this video is how to teach a dog how to move their body into a tuck sit and how to get your dog tight (close) to you when in the Front position. Both of these things go hand in hand.

While some dogs do it naturally, many must learn how to move their body into a "tuck sit." In order to perform a tuck sit, your dog must move their hind legs in towards their front feet to sit, instead of rocking back into a sit.

Tuck sits greatly helps our dogs sit close to us instead of rocking back away from us when in the Front position. If a dog sits too far away, you can lose points (depending on your level and judge).

Signs

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30. HALT - Walk Around –While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. The dog must stay while the handler walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The handler must pause before heeling forward. (Stationary)

31. HALT – Down – Walk Around - While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sitsin heel position. The dog must then down and stay while the handler walks around behind the dog, returns to heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. (Stationary)

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101. HALT – About Turn Right – Forward – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog and handler turn 180° to the right and heel forward. (Stationary)

102. HALT – About “U” Turn – Forward – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog and handler turn 180° to the left and heel forward. (Stationary)

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109. HALT – Side Step Right – HALT – While heeling, the handler halts in front of the sign and the dog sits. The dog and handler move one step directly to the right together. The handler halts and the dog sits in heel position. This sign will be placed directly in line of the team’s path requiring the dog and handler to sidestep to the right to pass the sign. (Stationary)

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123. 2 Side Steps Right – Forward – While heeling, the handler will take two side steps to the right, leading with the right foot, and continue heeling along the newly established line. The dog must move with the handler. This sign will be placed directly in line of the team’s path requiring the dog and handler to side step to the right to pass the sign.

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104. HALT – Turn Right One Step – Call to Heel – HALT – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must stay sitting while the handler turns, takes one step to the right, halts and calls the dog to heel. The dog must then return to the handler to heel positon and sit. (Stationary)

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110. HALT – Call Front – Finish Right – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must then come and sit in front. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish to the right and sit in heel position. (Stationary)

111. HALT – Call Front – Finish Left – While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must then come and sit in front. Without the handler moving their feet, the dog must finish to the left and sit in heel position. (Stationary)

115. HALT – Stand –While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must then stand in heel position. The handler may move forward with the dog to stand it. In the Intermediate and Advanced classes the handler may touch the dog to stand it. In the Excellent and Master classes the handler may not touch the dog to stand it. (Stationary)

105. HALT – Stand – Walk Around –While heeling, the handler halts and the dog sits. The dog must then stand and stay while the handler walks around behind the dog, returnsto heel position and pauses. The dog and handler then heel forward. The handler may move forward with the dog to stand it. In the Intermediate and Advanced classes the handler may touch the dog to stand it. In the Excellent and Master classes the handler may not touch the dog to stand it. (Stationary)

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