canine freestyle moves database

Fundamental Orientations

The following identifies positions of the dog relative to the handler. The positions are named according to which way the dog is facing relative to the handler.

In each position the dog may move forwards, backwards, sideways left and sideways right with the handler while maintaining the position. Not all positions are recognized “heel positions”. Check with your dog sport authority.

For every position, it is recommended the dog be taught to place himself into that position BEFORE moving in any direction in that position.

This database describes 3 methods for teaching a dog how to assume a position:

  1. Using rectangular platforms

  2. Using a pivot platform

  3. Squaring the dog into position

Clicking on an orientation will take you to "How to Teach" the dog that particular position.

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All of the above orientations can also be considered "heel" positions, where "heel position" is defined as some part of the dog's body, in line with a particular part of the handler, maintaining that position relative to the handler while the handler is stationary, moves forwards, backwards, left or right sideways (side-passing).

The position behavior should be precise and on verbal cue
long before the first step is taken by the handler.

Note: Some freestyle organizations may not permit any contact between dog and handler during a competition routine.

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