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For me, there is always a consequence for the dog looking away. It might be a leash pop, a push away, a butt tag, dropping a toy or treat on the floor and grabbing it before they can get it, SOMETHING. I NEVER allow heeling to go on if the dog is not looking. As soon as the dog looks away, I do something about it. I can't tell you how many people I see will let their dogs lose attention for half the ring before they address it. As soon as my dog looks away, I don't want to take another step of heeling.
I do spit treats for fronts, because I want them looking up at me when they come to front. I don't spit treats on heeling because I don't want them looking at my face, that is too far forward and will cause them to forge/crab.
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