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Precise Heeling Deconstructed (2019)

Can we reverse-engineer beautiful heeling? When you see a team moving together in sync, heeling looks almost like a dance. Flashy, top-scoring heeling requires fluent understanding of the position combined with complex movement skills that allow the dog to adjust his body seamlessly to stay in position as the handler moves. Are dogs born with the floaty, animated gait that makes their heeling so flashy, or can it be trained? (Spoiler: We can train it!)

In this Session, Hannah Branigan deconstructs the complex behavior of precise heeling and analyzes the differences between an adequate performance and a breathtaking one. Learn how to isolate the component behaviors that are needed and develop a plan to optimize any dog’s movement and skills and to bring a team closer to the magical ideal.

Hannah Branigan

Hannah Branigan has been training dogs and teaching people for more than 12 years. In addition to being a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), she is a faculty member for KPA, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT). Hannah is also a popular speaker and teaches workshops all over the country. As the owner of Wonderpups, LLC, Hannah is committed to training both dogs and people with positive reinforcement methods.

Hannah has titled her dogs in conformation, obedience, schutzhund, agility, and rally. Her dogs have multiple class wins, both AKC and UKC High in Trial awards, and scores that qualify for several Front & Finish Awards of Excellence (FFX).