Administrator & LOTR Addict
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Bloomington, IN, USA
How is your footwork? Until your footwork is good, you will not be able to get good about turns with your dog.
No matter if you are doing the AKC OB about turn (to the right) or the SchH left about you need to learn to keep your feet underneath you in as tight of a pattern as possible. If your feet/legs tend to hang back or stick out in places you will cause your dog to go wide and/or lag as they come out of the about turn. I tend to do a modified version of a T pattern as I make the about (easier to show). This needs to be practiced w/o your dog until it becomes natural to you. Actually all footwork should be practiced a lot without your dog.
Unfortunately the AKC person I train with doesn't have any videos on about turns on her site. I hoped that she did. Need to get after her about that. She actually uses a mat with footprints drawn on it that is then put on the floor. Sort of like the old dance school foot step diagrams.
Attached is a really bad drawing of what I am talking about for about turns. As I said, easier to show than to describe. Of course you should come out of the about turn in the same line as you were orginally walking, but that is hard to show in a picture.
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