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We finally had some decent weather in Columbus this weekend, so Friday afternoon we worked on heeling and go outs in the yard again. I put the cone in 4 different places and sent him to it from 5 different places. He went straight to it and sat promptly nearly every time. I was very proud. We are making progress on heeling, but he still wants to forge quite a bit, so I'm considering switching to martingale collar and a shorter leash.
When I first starting working on a true competition heel, Rocket was about 2.5 years old. I felt like I needed to play catch-up and so took him off leash way too soon and he never truly learned the proper position without using my hand as a guide. Hoping to undo some damage and thankful that heel position in Rally is defined as "body" not "head to shoulder" next handler's left hip. We're not planning on doing anymore Obedience until his RACH is finished, so we've got plenty of time before needing the position to perfected (if that's even possible).
I ordered him some dumbbells - one plastic and one wood - so we can slowly start working on a competition retrieve over the next couple of years. He does seem to think that they are for him to chew on (I have not allowed this), not for him to pick up and bring back, so we will have to work on that, but overall he picks them up well and is excited to get them from a few feet away.