I don't honestly care for the look of the IPO heeling. Sorry IPO ppl. Was it always that way? The super extreme head carriage? Is there any functional purpose to it? I am honestly curious not trying to pick a fight.
I don't think the dog even needs to be looking at you at all in AKC as long as they maintain the position, between head and shoulder along the left leg.
I don't recall anythingredients in the regs about eye contact.
I do believe some AKC ppl do heeling like the IPO dog above, at least Bridget Carlsen but I don't know if she got her start in IPO or AKC or which influenced which.
To each their own. I would rather have my dog also be able to keep track of where he is going if it means taking his eyes off me...he is watching me most of the time, he also needs to navigate store aisles with displays and things.