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Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Northern British Columbia
Re: How do you get a dog to heel like that?
It makes for a nice collected gait which makes the front light and encourages prancing, like the Lippizaner Stallions that Betsy mentioned.
Personally, I don't like the look of it, the dog seems robotic. I think (just my musings - don't have anything to base this on), it helps to counteract the tendency for dogs to crowd the handler that is often seen in the eye-contact training type heel. Granted, I have very little experience, but haven't had any issues teaching my dogs the eye-contact heeling without the crowding (Gryff is still a work in progress - but he is getting it - I just never allow any crowding or forging, and reward quickly the right position).
I'm wondering if this head-up heeling is a fad? Or weather it will be the new standard upon which all correct heeling will be based?
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