Competition Heeling Tips

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Competition Heeling Tips

In my experience, “Heeling” is the most difficult exercise in the obedience ring. In fact it is generally stated that it takes up to two years to get a dog to cope with top level heeling. Competition Heelwork is an art that not many handlers can truly master. The “stays” are your bread and butter exercises for which you must get full marks. Heeling is more demanding. It puts a great deal of pressure and precision on a dog. Thus it can have a negative effect on a dog if not treated correctly as a game to enjoy.
This article is aimed at helping those entering competitive obedience with useful tips to provide the “polish” that can prepare you for what you aim to achieve at a trial or show. Remember, competition is only a test of training, so if the training is incomplete you cannot expect to do well. Read the rest of this entry »




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