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Precise Heeling Deconstructed

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 allows dog to seamlessly adjust his body to stay in position as the handler moves. Are dogs born with the floaty, animated gait that makes their heeling so flashy, or can we train it? (Spoiler: We can train it!)

In this presentation, we will deconstruct the complex behavior of precise heeling, analyze the differences between an adequate performance and a breath-taking one down to the atomic level. Then we will isolate the component behaviors that are needed and develop a plan to teach them so that we can optimize any dog’s movement and skills and bring that team closer to the magical ideal.

Please note: This Session was recorded in 2019; content presented in 2020 may vary slightly. 

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).