I feel like all of my questions on here are so simple, but here it is:
I have always been taught that the "correct" way to walk a dog is with the leash in your right hand and across your body.
I have been through several puppy/tricks/ misc classes, 6 rally classes and my first sub novice obedience class and I have ALWAYS had my leash in my right hand. No one ever said anything about it, so I never even thought that could be wrong.
Last week in Rally class when we were about to start our second run, our instructor corrected me and said "leash in your left hand" when I looked confused and said Really? She looked at me like I was a complete idiot and said, "Yeah, like in ALL obedience trials, obedience is always left hand."
I have no doubt that she is right... but it is news to me and the fact that this is the first time she has noticed me doing it "wrong" after 6 classes seemed a little strange.
I have been searching for the last hour for a definitive answer. I checked several obedience sites, the AKC website and watched tons of CD trial youtube videos (where it seems about 50/50 for right or left hand heeling).
So... should I always have my leash in my left hand in competition? Is it a preference or is it an actual rule that you would be NQ-ed for? I am obviously willing to change, but leash in left hand feels so foreign to me, it will take some practice on my part to get used to it.
Again, I apologize for what must be a very simple question, we are just starting out and it seems there is A LOT to learn.