When I got home for lunch today, Bailey and I worked on front vs heel position discrimination. To say it went poorly in the beginning is an understatement. She was not hitting either one of them. Then I looked at how I was standing...
I've trained my dog to only go to heel position if I'm A) holding my left hand on my stomach, B) my head is turned towards her, and C) I say "get in." If any of those components are missing, she goes to the general area, but does not line up straight.
I've trained my dog to only hit front position if I am A) looking directly at her, B) have both hands at my side, and C) I use her name first.
Someone please fix me, so I can fix my dog! That's an issue... but when I do all of those things, she's STRAIGHT and PRETTY and GOOD. Harumph!