In Rally your dog is required to do a specific left finish and right finish. The station sign will tell you which direction the dog must go. In obedience the direction is up to the handler, you can go either way. Although in a perfect world the dog will always end up back at your left side in perfect heel position (yeah, right), I've found that some dogs manage a straighter sit when they flip, others when they go around. My GSD with her long body ends up in a great position when she goes around, she is more apt to end up crooked or diagonal on the flip. This is more of an issue with Obedience than Rally. I use two separate words to let my dogs know which way they are supposed to go: I say "heel" when I want them to finish left, and "Bye" for the right finish. You can use whatever word you want, as long as the dog understands it.
There are two kinds of dogs: Dogs who are German Shepherds, and dogs who WISH they were German Shepherds....
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