In episode 63, Sean answers a listener’s questions about using a “heeling stick” that she saw a trainer on YouTube using (Peter Caine).  Sean describes how a heeling stick is used and describes how it’s not quite the aversive that some people think it is.  Sean also (partially) answers the listener’s question about Peter Caine’s training methods.

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In this session:

What are the two psychological hurdles that all dog trainers have to overcome? How can dog owners tell whether the dog trainer they’re considering is also a good people trainer?

Details In this Session


People United for Pets (P.U.P. Dog Rescue)

Rescue Dog of the Week:

Here’s Tris’s page:

Interview with the Director of PUP Dog Rescue:

If you’d like to know more about PUP Dog Rescue and more about how to find a good rescue organization, as well as get some tips about picking a good rescue dog for you, here’s my interview with Laura Tonkin (She’s the Director of PUP Dog Rescue)


Heeling Stick

  • Use it as a physical cue to a dog that they’re making a mistake in heeling. Use it to tap a dog on the chest or front of the neck as you stop or slow down to identify that a dog is forging too far ahead.
  • You can use a heeling stick to help cue a dog to straighten out during sits when stopping in heel.
  • You can use it for other obedience skills but I try not to use more equipment than I have to.

Peter Caine

From watching the video links that the listener sent me, it sounds like Peter Caine doesn’t ever use food in training (which generally, is OK from my perspective, though it sounds like I use more food in training than Peter Caine does)

Peter has a bunch of videos on YouTube, (fair warning – they’re not G rated). He really speaks his mind and his conversation is geared towards adults that already know all the swear words J)

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