Obedience Training and Lancashire Heelers
Many may think that Lancashire Heelers and obedience are a contradiction in terms! Nothing could be farther from the truth. Like their sheep herding counterparts, the Border Colllie, the Lancashire Heeler is a very intelligent dog that not only needs to have mental stimulation but absolutely thrives on it. Heelers, however, are wilful and as with any training and pastime associated with the breed the first hurdle to overcome is that your Heeler must 'want' to take part! Some are motivated by food, some by playing with a toy. Others are just happy to do anything that is rewarded with owner praise.
Obedience training, like agility can be fun and rewarding for both handler and Heeler. There are obedience training sessions held all over the UK. For details of classes in your area a good place to start is by contacting the committee of your Lancashire Heeler Breed Club or contact the Canine Activities Team within the Kennel Club. The sessions are a great way to meet like minded people and often run associated social events for dog lovers too. Another good way to start is by undertaking the Good Citizen Dog Scheme which is non-competitive and open to all, including unregistered dogs. From there you can progress to more advanced training and competitive obedience trials.
Robert Rennie and Nikki demonstrate off the lead heelwork