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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-11-2009, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
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Schutzhund Heeling

Do all the dogs at trials do the heads-up heeling? Just wondering, I've decided to train Balto for the BH.
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Re: Schutzhund Heeling

It's not a requirement but you will get higher scores for it.
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Re: Schutzhund Heeling

The head looking up is focus. The dog can walk straight ahead and not look at you, but the whole routine will not be as high point wise. The judge will also tell you, should have better attention on handler. The other problem is a dog that's NOT looking at you will also be sloppier looking on corners, etc.

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Re: Schutzhund Heeling

It's not a requirement, but it does lead to higher scores. Partly because of the picture it presents, and partly because as Angela mentioned the attention helps keep the dog from missing changes of pace/direction.

It becomes more important for points the higher you advance through titles. For a BH, so long as the dog performs the exercises correctly, focus or not won't make much difference.


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Re: Schutzhund Heeling

I'm very fat, so my dog looks at my feet. LOL! That's focus.

I'm on a diet, so after we finish our Rally Excellent title, I'll retrain with a new command word.
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I met a trainer once that said that he dog should look at the EYES of the handler and never to any other part of the handler's body.

Of course he was a man trainer that doesn't have a couple of big obstacles on the way for the dog to look directly to the eyes of their female handlers...

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Originally Posted By: LicanAntaiI met a trainer once that said that he dog should look at the EYES of the handler and never to any other part of the handler's body.
Sure, if both dog and handler have body types that can do it. Not all GSD's can crane their necks like mals, and not all handlers have body types to allow this. There is virtually no way to tell the difference between focusing on the eyes, or the shoulder or ever the chest for that matter.

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Re: Schutzhund Heeling

And this trainer is also no more than 5 ft tall. It's easier when you and your dog are almost at the same eye level, LOL!

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Originally Posted By: ZeusGSD There is virtually no way to tell the difference between focusing on the eyes, or the shoulder or ever the chest for that matter.
Yep, and I've also found that with the toy, he's looking at the toy (usually under my chin on the left like a phone), but when we heel without the toy, he looks at my eyes.
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Re: Schutzhund Heeling

It's a fine line as long as the dog is not overly crowding & bumping too much.
I don't fine it correct, when the handler is fighting the dog to walk straight.
Even if the attention is great, the dog is pushing the handler.
Don't like this wrapping around look myself.

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