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Hey guys, let's say im dove hunting and i'm sitting down on a bucket and my dog is right next to me. If I tell him to sit, he sits but then he faces me. How could I get him to face forward. I know i isn't a very big deal, but this could help with marking shot birds.

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Kyler and Hunter (my dog)
 

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Is his entire body facing your or does he just look up at you??
 

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I often train "heel" while sitting on a bucket for this very reason. Just reinforce heel while sitting and he should pick it up. Of course, someone might have a better way to solve your problem.
 

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Usually his whole body, probably because hed sit with me watching TV and it pet him while he was facing me.
 

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I often train "heel" while sitting on a bucket for this very reason. Just reinforce heel while sitting and he should pick it up. Of course, someone might have a better way to solve your problem.
This should fix the problem. Just do a lot of healing and make sure he knows what you mean, than start sitting on the bucket and say heal.
 

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Any suggestions besides heel ? I havent heeled him since his first year, I've never really needed to use it (except now) I don't even know if he'll remember it. So I'd probably have to re-teach him. But if I have to, I will. He's 5 but he's pretty obediant so I don't think it should be very difficult.
 

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Wow, it's really easy to underestimate the brain of a lab. Just for kicks, I went outside with Hunter and said heel and he heeled like he has done it his whole life. I hadn't have him heel in 4 years !!! So proud.
 

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Have you tried to sit him from a heel?? Does he still scoot his butt around to face you?? If so, sit him from heel while walking about the side of a building or something. Stay nice and close so he doesn't have any room to move. Example: it's the building, the dog and then you. keep doing that and he'll get it!
 

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Hey guys, let's say im dove hunting and i'm sitting down on a bucket and my dog is right next to me. If I tell him to sit, he sits but then he faces me. How could I get him to face forward.....
a- start shooting birds
b- in training, sit on your bucket and have your worker in the field start shooting birds

if Rover don't figger it out after that, a spot near the woodstove is in his future.
 

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Sounds like the dog knew what to do you just weren't telling him to do it. You told him to sit and he did, right where you told him. And how could you have gone four years and never used heel?
 

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Who was the preacher that was on TV that used to SLAP the $^!% out of people and holler "HEAL!"? That worked pretty good too.
 

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Sounds like the dog knew what to do you just weren't telling him to do it. You told him to sit and he did, right where you told him. And how could you have gone four years and never used heel?
Never seemed necessary to me. I don't do field trials or anything, I just hunt with him, and he always follows me. So I never had a need to use it.
 
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