I understand what you're trying to say. On my first dog, heel position was taught primarily as a motion on the left side with attention, and it was just marked and rewarded. He learned how to move his body to get into position after he was already moving down the field, through things like left turns and aversives.
When I started with Cade, we did a lot more to teach him how to move. How to cross over in the rear, how to pivot on his front end, how to scoot into a sit, how to shoulder target, and then once all these little pieces were in place...we put it together to create the "fuss". It's not back chaining, but it's building in a lot more foundation work. I agree teaching the small pieces makes it clearer and easier for the dog in the end. Although many a person has done it the other way and also done just fine.
I think if I was getting a new dog, I would start with spins, lateral movement, and other rear end work. However, I wouldn't spend as much time on it as I would with a puppy. A young adult can stand more training pressure and move more quickly than a puppy can.
Bianka vom Eisernen Loewen IPO3, CGC, TC 1-3-08
Cade vom Eisernen Loewen IPO1, CGC 3-25-09
D'Artagnan (Tag) vom Eisernen Loewen BH 2-2-10
G Aiko von Burkndeiros SchH 3, IPO3, FH, TC, KKL2 9-17-02 (Retired)
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