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Training a Herding Dog to Jog

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We adopted our half German Shepherd half Queensland heeler about a month ago from a shelter. She was a stray and had never been trained, and she's now about a year old. She has learned soooo much and we are so proud of her! One thing I am not sure how to train her on is to jog next to me. She walks very well on a leash (Save a few exciting puppy ADD distractions now and again), but whether on a leash or off, if I try to jog or run with her, she wants to play and herd me. She will jump up and nip at me. I try telling her 'no' and keep going, and when she continues to jump and nip, I then stop, get her to calm down and make her sit and obey me, which she will do. As soon as I try again, she continues the herding/nipping/jumping behaviour. She is a very sweet dog and listens and obeys most of the time. I have only just started trying to train her to jog next to me nicely and would like some advice on how to do this properly, as I don't see it on the dog training sites I've been visiting (which have been so helpful otherwise!).

Thanks much! :)
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Try short runs. By that I mean get her to run with you for just a few steps and then stop...praise/treat for running with you without any nipping/jumping. Most herders won't immediately attack your heels....take advantage of that and reinforce just the running.
Another tactic that you can try after she understands the game is a sudden change in direction....turn into her. She'll start keeping a little distance from you...and watching you more closely.
Use the praise/treats and avoid the corrections as much as possible. Saying No and stopping isn't what you want to teach here.....you want her to run nicely...that's what you want to reward.
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