What does awesome Heeling look like?

Competing in obedience requires the handler and dog to work as a team. It is simple, but not everyone is able to achieve total focus while heeling and instantaneous execution of commands. The Belgian Malinois is a working breed that is driven to please their handler, given good sound training techniques instilling a positive attitude and a lot of time spent in foundation skills. Here is Shelby showing why she is one of the best obedience dogs in Queensland.

Competition Heeling with Shelby

This is the form that won Shelby 4 perfect scores in one year in Open Obedience (ANKC), unequalled in Queensland.

Meeko, in-kennel training with the handsome Groenendal

Meeko is staying with me to learn the basics in obedience. He is nearly 3 years old and has gotten into some self-rewarding habits. He likes to ignore his name, pull on the lead, thinks birds are more interesting than the handler and if I growl at you, you leave me alone. Being a stud dog, he just came from ‘duty, when he arrived at my kennel, hence he is in a very amorous mood.

Shelby taught him the first important lesson, that ‘No means No’. Really.

Then I have been working with him 2-3 times every day. Meeko learned good manners, like reacting to your name has lots of rewards, not pulling on the lead actually gets me to places, I cannot say ‘Hello’ to everyone I see – still working on the last one because Meeko is very social and loves people.

On the obedience front, we learned what a clicker is. Clicker training is fun, motivating and highly rewarding. Now Meeko loves to hear the sound of the clicker and he will try out lots of moves to see what I want from him. He has also learned to move his rear legs, so we can turn left in place. He has learned a brilliant drop and sit. Most importantly though, he has started to give me some fantastic focus.

Here is a video of how far Meeko has gotten in 4 weeks of training:Meeko 4 weeks progress

You can watch videos of Meeko’s progress on my Facebook page.