Rally-o Turns

Discussion in 'Obedience Training' started by Caiti, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Caiti Experienced Member

    Wylie has a strong heel but when I try to turn anything more than 90 degrees, he does his spin trick. For one of our canine freestyle routines, I had me spinning as a cue for him to spin, and now when I start to turn he spins all by himself. I am currently training him offleash, so I'll add a leash and see if I can help redirect him to my side. Does anyone have any advice? :)

  2. Mutt Experienced Member

    Starting with wide cirkels and making them smaller step by step?
    Or maybe using a target stick (you hand) which he has to follow.
    I personally prefer off leash training (to give the dog the option to walk away and not 'force' him to do something).
  3. Caiti Experienced Member

    I preffered off leash too, I wouldn't keep the leash tight, just to stop him from walking away so he can spin.
  4. orpheum Well-Known Member

    Start by reteaching the command for the spin movement and remember that even in doggydance it's a good thing to have combined cues (my opinion). ;)

    The other option is to train the turns in another position than the heeling position.
    I personaly teach the turns while following between my legs. It takes away the possibility from your dog to anticipate on what he allready knows AND you don't need a leash. Once he has the needed rear end awareness it is easy to teach him to turn in all the heelpositions.
    If that is not the problem than I would say he's not trained enough to hold his heeling position.

    Hope this helps you out a bit and good luck (y)

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