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    Would some of you veterans out there give me some tips on how to get a dog to heel on either side? How do I practice it and then ingrain it into the dogs behavior? Thanks in advance.

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    I just trained the same way I taught him to heel. I say heel for left side and here for right side and put my hand out to the side I want him to be on, that worked for me and my dog.

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    Teaching it is part of obedience work. I use my hand to signal to the dog what side I want him on and at first guide him with the lead. After a while just with the hand. Every session do both. Don't try to teaching heeling on one side then the other. Make him comfortable on both sides of you. Heel him on one side then walk then the other then walk again. As far as using it to support marking and blinds it is a function of experience. Starting with singles early on if the bird come out left to right heel on your right and vice versa. Then when you start multiples heel him based on the go bird. After several hundred marks he will figure out the pattern. I use the same thing on blinds. If there is a point in front of us I heel him on the inside. If I want him to swim by it I heel him on the outside. After he is finished you can violate the rule you set up for special occasions like diversion birds...ect. It is all about repetition and consistency. Don't over think it, don't over do it.
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    If you start very early leading both sides becomes simpler. (8 weeks) Training every day just work off both sides. They won't know any different! JMO
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    Quote Originally Posted by shinyhead View Post
    Would some of you veterans out there give me some tips on how to get a dog to heel on either side? How do I practice it and then ingrain it into the dogs behavior? Thanks in advance.
    Scroll down to the third article. Let me know if you have further questions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Scroll down to the third article. Let me know if you have further questions.

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    Evan I have to think to much to read that article. Two sided training of a dog is important and I found it extremely helpful in HRC with the gun and the blinds. I would need to keep the explanation simpler to understand!!! Thanks however. Just me!!
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    You're welcome Mary Lynn. After three decades of using it I think the more I think about its application the more I tend to get from it. But I also have obsessive/compulsive leanings!

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    This is a procedure that I use from early on, tagged along with what NateC suggests. It seems to produce a snappy turn, instead of a wide slow swing into heal. I made a little sketch to show what I mean. I signal the approach when the dog get 10-15 ft away. As the dog comes in, take a small step back with the heal side foot. When the dog starts to turn, take that foot back forward to its original spot. Give a reminder "Heal" while moving. Capture.JPG
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    Great thread. As mention above I use arm and hand to tell dog which side I want dog on and in addition stepping backwards and then stepping forward when dog comes around. With young pups I will have a fence behind me to reduce the parade and get tight turn around. Two side is great in dog games IMO, but I don't use it in real hunting situations.
    My dog is in tune with my body language and voice so that when multiple birds are down and their is a cripple heading out dog knows by me what to do next. That's just the bond you have with your dog. It's like a well oiled machine.

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    Teach it during OB. If it helps use a different cue. I just use "switch" for pup to move or heel to my right side. Make sure you are consistant with your body movements and your cues. Soon it will be muscle memory for both you and pup to work on either side of you.
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