An observation, in general, AKC dogs look like they're lagging to SchH people, and SchH dogs look like they're forging to AKC people. I think it comes from that "head to shoulder" range in AKC (which sounds ideally like the neck would be in line with the leg) and the shoulder point in SchH. Not trying to get into a AKC vs. SchH, but I think the body carriage of dogs that I have seen at local shows is also very different. SchH dogs tend to be very pulled together and vertical in their heeling. AKC dogs seem more stretched out. I imagine this would give more space to work with to get correct position.
Also, another generalization, SchH judges reward and favor power and enthusiasm. Not saying that correct position isn't important, but it is less important for some judges than a dog that looks very "up". I think AKC seems to favor correct position more. Soem you're more likely to see a dog in AKC that is there with the handler, but perhaps not as attentive looking up and without that "barely contained" look.
So I think that's where you get the difference in the look of the exercises in the lower/club levels of competition between the 2 venues. Personally, I agree. I would much rather have a dog that forges or crowds a little than a dog that lags and is way off of me.
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