30-day challenge: Take your dog to 30 new places (second new street)

On day 18 of my 30-day challenge, Ace and I walked through a new part of the neighborhood. This is nothing exciting, but a good way to go somewhere new when we are pressed for time like today. I only had an extra half hour or so. Normally Ace wears his pinch collar on walks, but today I grabbed the Gentle Leader because it was by the door. Our walk went so much better than normal with Ace wearing the leader. We passed several barking dogs, some chained in their yards and others going nuts as we walked along fences. Ace just marched along side me like he was better than all the other dogs (he was).

One man came out and screamed at his dogs for barking, saying, “Shut up or I’ll break your leg!” I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the two dogs that were just chained up outside. I’m sure all they need is a daily walk, and judging by what I saw of that man, he probably hasn’t taken a walk all year.

Also on our walk, we passed a mom pushing a stroller and a little girl on a tricycle. The morning was full of distractions for Ace, which is just what he needs in order to improve his heeling. I will use the Gentle Leader more often. I just don’t know if I’ll ever get him to heel nicely with his regular collar. But maybe that’s OK.

Does anyone have a dog that heels well with a regular, flat collar? Is this even possible? 🙂

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8 thoughts on “30-day challenge: Take your dog to 30 new places (second new street)”

  1. Hi Lindsay,
    I have enjoyed your 30 Day Challenge series…great idea. I have to say the man you encountered on your walk disturbed me. If you suspect those dogs are neglected…always chained up or abused the ASPCA can make a visit to the home.
    Keep up the good posts…look forward to reading about your adventures.
    Fran

  2. Not to be a braggart but my dog heels off leash, so yes it is possible with just a flat collar. You can do it too probably by just tweaking a little bit what you are doing.

    Do you have your dog heel on an entire walk, though?

    I teach dogs two commands, heel and come on. Heeling is strict with no sniffing, peeing, etc. Not very good for a walk around the block.

    ‘Come on’ is still on my left hand side but more loose. No pulling but the dog can stop and smell the roses if needed.

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  3. Hi Lindsay! Y’know, Pepper heels pretty well (without squirrels or cats darting by that is,) on a flat collar. Now, she is only 12 pounds so I have really got it easy. BUT, I trained her along the lines of the book “Barking Up the Right Tree” (by Vera Reeves) which starts off heeling with no leash at all, none.

    You just have a handful of goodies and walk along, popping a treat in the dog’s mouth when you say the word “heel”. Using the placement of the treat to get the dog into that perfect heel position.

    What about when the treats run out? Gradually space the treat popping farther and farther apart and exchange verbal praise. Pepper loves to heel so much that she will put herself into a perfect heel position, speeding up with me, slowing down and sitting when I stop, without my asking! I would say that heel is Pepper’s second best “trick”, after “gimme five”.

    To enforce the heel with a big dog on a flat collar (only), I would use an abrupt right turn, anchoring the leach against your left hip, so if the dog decides not to follow he gets a mighty correction and suddenly paying attention to your choice of direction becomes important.

    Again, this is all easier said than done with a little pup like Pepper but to start training the heel without a leash at all was really profound for me and it ha clearly worked well. You might really like the book I mentioned, reading it was really radical for me.

    Thanks for another great post L and A – This 30-day challenge is my fave! Those other dogs are SO much less fortunate. Really sad.

  4. i don’t ask my dog to heel during her daily walks because the command heel is meant for obedience work whereby she must pay total attention and no sniffing.

    so i just train her to walk on loose leash. i’m using a flat collar and 6 ft leash. most of the time we will be taking the same route, nothing exciting, and my dog don’t really pull. if she wanted to sniff out one particular spot, i just stop, let her enjoy herself and then ask her to move on. i think pulling on leash really made them feeling uncomfortable, so they learn not to pull unless there is something really distracting.

    as for walking in woods, we do it offleash.

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  5. castocreations

    Hey you. 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my new blog! 🙂 Trooper didn’t start off on the big teeter. We started on the baby teeter and he really did NOT want to do it. But we just kept working and working with lots of food and now he flies right over it no problem. Well, we’re still on the “baby” teeter but I think we’ll be graduating to the big boy teeter tonight. *gulp*

    Agility is just SO much fun. I am SO glad that you had that post about it ages ago that clicked in my head to look for training in my area. =D

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  6. I find surburbia brilliant for Chels…unpredictible, often loud, guarenteed new dogs and experiences…

    bloody drives me nuts when people own dogs and are to lazy to walk them…tis criminal

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