Here's Tim showing off his leash walking skills. He enjoys heeling because he thinks it's a great game of Simon Says. When I turn right or left, speed up, or slow down, or come to a stop he follows right along, just like you follow what Simon says to do in the game. Tim loves all the praise he gets for being such a good boy. We're in Founder's Park in Old Town, Alexandria, on a very hot summer day so we're staying in the shade as much as possible.
Here's Tim at just 6 months old doing wonderful heeling. He stays right next to me without pulling on the leash at all. When I turn, speed up, or slow down so does he. I never have to use the leash to get him to respond. When I stop he sits automatically. We're in Founder's Park in Old Town, Alexandria, on a very hot summer day, so we're staying in the shade.
Tim, a 6 month old Golden Retriever, does such a great job of heeling next to me on a loose leash even though he sees the dogs barking at him from the bench on our right. For Tim, as for most dogs, It's much more difficult to ignore dogs who are trying to engage him than it is to ignore dogs who are also ignoring him. He'd love to go over to say hi to the dogs, but he's concentrating on being a good boy.
Tim is a 6 month old Golden Retriever and he loves to say hi to other dogs and people. He sees the dog and people walking toward us but he does an excellent job of remembering his training and staying in heel position next to me. Once we're past the dog and people I reward him with praise.
Tim, a 6 month old Golden Retriever, really, really wants to chase the birds and say hi to the people but instead he's concentrating on his sit-stay. I'm using a 20 foot leash so that he can get used to doing a stay at a fairly long distance. Right before the first group of people walk by I go back to him and shorten the leash in case he lost his self control and decided to go say hi, but he did a wonderful job of maintaining his stay. We're at Founders Park in Old Town Alexandria on July 24, 2015.