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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-13-2012, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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Left-handed question

Okay, so I've searched some and it seems everyone does Schutzhund right-handed; dog heeling to the left, etc.

I probably know the answer to this, but you can't do everything with the dog heeling to the right, can you?

Being left-handed, that's what I've always done with my dogs; but with a puppy on the way shortly and wanting to get into Schutzhund I'm thinking I'll have to abandon that with her. (Of course it might make it easier to walk multiple dogs to have one on each side...)

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Dog has to heel on the left. Rule, doesn't matter if you are right handed or left.

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Yeah, that's what I figured. I suppose after I get her titled I can retrain her to heel on the right.
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no need to necessarily "retrain" her, imo. just add to what she knows. teach her a cross over command (to move from your left to your right, and back) so over time, she will know to heel on whichever side you indicate.

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Just use a different command. This would be no different from using two different commands for formal heeling Vs. walking nicely on a walk.

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You teach a heel on the right side in Schutzhund anyway. Its just for a small part of the routine. You use the word "transport" instead of "fuss" or "heel" :-P

I'm left handed. Its easier to heal on the left anyway.. your "good" hand is right there with the dog. The only tough thing is throwing the dumbbell.

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Hunter, where in the routine do you ever do a transport with the dog on the right side of the handler???

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LOL I'm right handed and still can't throw the friggin dumbbell!
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Hunter, where in the routine do you ever do a transport with the dog on the right side of the handler???
I wasn't serious. I was implying the side transport. Because it looks like a focused heel on the right side.. its just not the handler lol

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