Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
Our dogs also do both for the same reason (Rally), but for SchH trials we stick with the around the back finish as it is the one they are most proficient in, but mainly because it is the one that has the correct command associated with it. In a SchH trial you can lose points for having a different command for heeling and the finish. They should be the same command, since the finish is technically just telling the dog to go to heel position. So even if the dog is taught both, make sure the command for one is the same as your heel command, and that is the one you use at a SchH trial. A dog also cannot do 2 different finishes during a routine (say a flip on the recall but around the back on the retrieves). The same finish must be used throughout. And remember no hand signals allowed in a SchH trial either, so you must have a command word that clearly tells the dog which finish to do and is consistently used throughout the routine, also for all heel commands.
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