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The pupil must now learn that you will not always walk straight ahead

The pupil must now learn that you will not always walk straight ahead, that you may turn to the right or left, and that he must turn with you without tangling you up or making you fall over him.You are walking forward now, the dog on your left side, the leash end coiled in your right hand, and your left hand fingering the leash loosely but ready to stiffen your hold at the proper moment. Command “Heel!” if only to alert the pupil’s attention as you turn sharply, squarely to the left, at the same instant tightening up on the leash with your left hand to prevent the dog from walking across your path.

You turn on the left foot and bring your right foot around into the new direction. If the dog bumps against you instead of turning, jerk the leash and say “Heel!” rather sharply. He will probably bump your right leg as it swings on the turn, and this combined with the leash jerk will teach him what to do.

The right turn is done the same way, although the dog in this case has further to go. You turn on your right foot, swing your left around, and as you order “Heel!”, bring the dog around you on a taut leash.

Old English Sheepdog 3 274x300 The pupil must now learn that you will not always walk straight ahead

 

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