Here are four of the call front exercises. Two of these finish with the
dog sitting in the heel position and two of them are exercises in
which the dog returns heel at the end of the call front exercise and continues
to walk at
heel without sitting.
All the call front exercises start with you walking the dog on a loose
lead. To begin the exercises stop walking
forward and call your dog towards you. You can take three or four
steps backwards to give the dog a chance to turn towards you. Call
the dog in so that he or she sits in front of you. The idea is
that the dog comes in to you and sits squarely in front of you.
There are four different finishes to the exercise and each of these is
shown below. Please note, Sasha is wearing her nice pink collar
and matching lead. I look like a refugee who has taken to stealing
clothes out of a skip.
I Always make sure I vary call front finish left with other exercises.
Dogs are so quick on the uptake that they'll start to anticipate the
call front and they will sit at an angle to you when you just want a
straight sit at heel. At the first sign of anticipation do several
different exercises in a row and leave out the call front altogether.