having trained with Jogi I can tell you that he does not want eye contact in heeling. He is working from a fixed point focus, ball hid under armpit (out of sight of dog)and released as such for reward.
no i know his contact point he aims for is the shoulder - but again, to look at the shoulder and make eye contact with it, based on height most dogs need to look BACKWARDS - which puts them at an automatic forge. the dog maintains the same position well, but he is in fact forged.
for me, that would put me at an automatic disadvantage - so for me, i have my dog try to look at my face, or my mouth. that enables my dobermans to be heeling, in position, with attention, and not forged (Though to be honest, many still try to forge). i am toying with my evil collie looking at my hand at my waist, because i am finding that due to my *ahem* breasts its making him forge to have eye contact.
in addition, having an exceptionally tall dog that has to pace makes heeling in position harder - their momentum is hard to match. i heeled SO FAST in the ring with rah, it was crazy. we count our pace speed and the average person heels at 132-136 bpm, i was at 160+
weve also been discussing head position on the competition obedience page - some feel heads up is attention, but dogs CAN pay attention without it. its just something we require
my dogs position: (PLEASE ignore me in the fat pics - the one set was actually the impetus i needed for the weight loss!)
the last time i showed mercury:
heeling with no attention
forgey mcforgerston at the same trial:
the dog was high as a kite. yeah i was pissed at him, he was a total dick at this trial
rah at the all star tournament - we are starting the fast here
the fuzzy heeling
this is the position i want him in.
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