Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
I believe dogs, like people, are "sided" (most people don't even realize this but as a competitive gymnast, each person will have a preference of which direction to spin, turn, twist, which foot/arm leads when tumbling, etc). Some stronger than others. Each dog will always have a natural preference of which direction to turn. Some dogs can be trained away from that if the handler desires the other direction, and some cannot. I let my SchH dogs run blinds the direction they naturally turn. They were/are both flyball dogs as well. They turn right naturally so their box turns are to the right and their blinds are run that same direction (clockwise around the blind, if I am facing it). Like Jane says it's a battle I wouldn't really pick. I've never ever heard of a dog losing a point because of the direction it ran around the blind, only for the technique which can be correct or incorrect either way. Some people will only allow a dog to go one way, that's their prerogative, it's just not something I am picky about in my training.