I read here somewhere I while back that they wish they had taught heel as a position not as an action. I started doing some more heel training with Buster today, hopeing that if I can get that solid and make me his safe zone, that will help with his dog issues. So I was thinking... how do I make sure he knows heel means "stay at my side, no matter whihc way I go?" I'm looking at you Dekka, I love that video of Dekka heeling. So I was playing around with Buster today and yesterday. Last night we did stuff in the backyard andf he was really good. Today I mucked around in the frontyard with it, getting him to stay close on corners and concentrate enough that he notices we've turned before the leash goes tight. I was just out with him then. Set up some stakes int he ground and weaved around them in different directions and stuff. I'm so chuffed with him, he'e being really good. Then I thought about it some more and relised he was all good going forwards, but can he go backwards. A quick test and I discovered no. Even with a treat he genrally ends up sitting then tumbling over on his side, or else walking out at a 90 degree angle to me so he can reach my hand. I put him up aainst the fence, held the leash so it was short but still slack and went backwards, I had the leash in my right hand going behind my back so if I pulled it slightly the tension would come from the back not the side. I used a treat as opposed to my fingers as a target because i didn't want him jumping up to touch them and he's more likley to keep his feet on the ground if its a treat, so I held that up sorta near my hip but back a bit. Well he did great. I did it a few times then tried it off hte fence and he caught on really well. After more than 5 or 6 strides though he starts going off track to one side or the other. SO I thought I'd check in early and see if this is a good way to teach him. I don't know how i'll go about teaching him to side step and stuff and I want to see if I can just get th concept in his head to just stay at my side, no matter which way I move, that is your focus. btw, he's having crazy fun learning, he thinks he's the ants pants.