Building Endurance in Heeling

Friday Oct 4

1:40 PM

Experience Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Heeling is an incredibly complex behavior. The dog must maintain focal point, position and engagement around distractions and pressure. When you add duration things often fall apart. In this workshop we will look at games that increase energy and engagement. We will teach our dogs to give us more effort on individual pieces which adds momentum to the chain. We will learn how to use variable reinforcement and optimize the use of our reinforcers. We will introduce our dogs to backchaining which creates confidence and adds enthusiasm to the end of the chain. Your dog will learn to heel for a full pattern… and more without losing precision or attitude.

Presenter Bio

Petra Ford

I’ve always loved dogs and training. Actually, I’m obsessed with it! No two dogs are ever alike, and I’ve had quite the variety with lots of challenges, which means I’m always changing what I do and looking for new and creative ways to improve my communication. I love experimenting! It gives me great pleasure to share what I have learned. Watching students learn and grow is incredibly rewarding. I have trained and competed in field and agility but my first love has always been competitive obedience. My dogs have earned field and agility titles. Tyler was a two-time National champion and World Champion. His son, Zeal is also a National champion, won the 2018 Obedience Classic, and multiple Regionals. Zayna won the Novice Division in the 2019 Obedience Classic and multiple Regionals. Zesty started trialing in 2023, earned his CD with two 200s, his CDX with a 200 and completed his UD. His next trial was the Tennessee Regional where he placed 4th competing against National level competitors. All of my dogs have earned multiple 200’s, High in Trials and High Combineds. Training is my passion. Trialing is what pushes me and lets me know if I’m getting closer to my goal…getting the same dog in the ring as in training.