We need to freshen up some and work on off leash heel. Keep us in your thoughts as we prepare and I will let you know how it goes :-)
Squeeze Cheese and a Wooden Spoon.
A great woman whom I admire did a demo on this at the ABC specialty, she uses it for rescues, show gaiting and OB Heeling.
Take a long handled wooden spoon fill it with sq. cheese, smear it around so it won't fall off. Hold it in your left hand. I keep my left hand at my waist, so it puts the spoon tip in perfect alignment with heel position. Then I work 20 foot circles to get a nice pace going. In the demo, she said 20 miles of 20 foot circles so it's not a quick fix, but starts the muscle memory for a nice pace. If it doesn't work for you, Oh Well, but I know shes not the only person titling Boxers in Obedience that uses this exercise.
Some people have also suggested liverwurst or cream cheese (both of which require refrigeration) and Peanut Butter. I don't use PB because it's think and gives you the Mr. Ed effect and slows everything down. I do use the cream cheese with Jakob, because it is thicker won't splash back on his face.
I've been doing this (every day) with Josie since the seminar and let me tell you, at 5 months of age she has heeling skills that would put Goldens to shame! And Jakob, who I entered in a UKC trial Sunday, was running a 191 in Grad Novice with the best heeling scores he's ever had. He went down on the 3 minute long sit (after 2 minutes as I was told since it's out of sight), but hey-so did most of the dogs in Open. (Jake isn't UKC Reg. so we had to show in a non-reg class).