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    For those of you who teach heeling on both sides, do you use a diffrent command to heel on the right vs heeling on the left? If So, what do you use? If not, how do you indicate right or left?
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    Same command but with a different arm indicating the side you want them on.

    Dogs are more visual than verbal, so the arm alone works well too.

    "Heel" means to sit next to me on the side indicated or swing away from me/back-up (regardless of whether they're on the left or right).

    "Here" means to come forward or toward me with your head (regardless of whether they're on the left or right).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry A View Post
    For those of you who teach heeling on both sides, do you use a diffrent command to heel on the right vs heeling on the left? If So, what do you use? If not, how do you indicate right or left?
    I got mine used to seeing me leg slap which side I want them on. While on lead I will heel to which ever side while slapping my leg with my hand.
    It's funny when all three are out and I say heel and slap my leg they all try to get in as close as they can.

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    Since I did not teach two sided heeling to my girl from the beginning; I introduced it using the command "side" while indicating with my right arm that she should go to the right side. Now I do not need the additional command, unless she is very excited and not as focused as I would like; then I might say "side"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by All-Out View Post
    Same command but with a different arm indicating the side you want them on.

    Dogs are more visual than verbal, so the arm alone works well too.

    "Heel" means to sit next to me on the side indicated or swing away from me/back-up (regardless of whether they're on the left or right).

    "Here" means to come forward or toward me with your head (regardless of whether they're on the left or right).
    That is exactly what I do. If he is already sitting on one side and I want him to change I can hold out my arm and say heel but if he is focused out in the field and doesn't see my arm I can say "other side" and he knows that means to switch.
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    I tap my leg as to which side I want the dog to heel.
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    I wink with my left eye for the left side and the right eye for the right side. works great except when you get something in your eye.
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    Left or right arm held up with a snap of the fingers.
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    Heal...left side. Leg...right side. When dog is wound up, visual cue with hand. Trully though, I havent found it to be that important @ a HT. Most importantly....sit means sit...and sit means SIT quietly...whatever side.

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    Heel with arm held slightly out on the side I want the dog to operate. Once in position Heel means tuck your butt closer, Here means move your front end closer. Same commands regardless of the side the dog is on. If I want the dog to change sides the command is 'other side' with my hand held slightly out to the side.

    When I first started out training two sided I tried to use two separate commands. I'm not sure who was more confused me or the dog. KISS is the way to go.

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