Dog Drops His Head While Taking 1st Heeling Step or Making a Turn

Dog Drops His Head While Taking 1st Heeling Step or Making a Turn - a Solution

Dog Drops His Head While Taking 1st Heeling Step or Making a Turn - we can lose unnecessary points.

No matter what we are teaching, we can influence the dog's behavior by changing his expectations.

Ideally, when we tell the dog to Heel in FCI IGP | Schutzhund, we want the dog to offer uninterrupted focus until the exercise is finished. Some dogs have trouble keeping their heads up when they take the first Heeling step or make a turn.  

A “heeling stick” is something that is used frequently.

An alternative method is to create a version of FOMO in the dog. It is a term in human psychology that identifies people that have "Fear Of Missing Out." They always think that someone else is having fun while they are not. In our case, we will create a “fear” in the dog that he is also going to miss out… in our case - reinforcement .  


Regardless of the head position, we will drop a ball form under the arm every time we take the first step or make a turn. Because the dog’s head is down, he will miss the ball in the air but he will see it on the ground. Let him get to it a couple of times. You now created an expectation in the dog to find a ball on the ground.

Then when the ball drops and the dog sees it - pull him away from it, pick it up, and put it under your arm. If the dog misses it - he simply cannot get to it. You will repeat this process over and over until the dog literally is afraid to miss the ball and keeps his head up in anticipation.

Creative solution that works.

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