OB530: FCI Style Heeling

Instructor: Kamal Fernandez

Course Details

Heelwork is often described as the canine equivalent of the equine sport of dressage... the invisible communication between each entity being a thing of beauty by combining elegance, power, drive and technical precision into one unique picture.

In UK obedience, heelwork is an exercise that evokes the most discussion, differentiation and debate. A large proportion of points and time is allocated to heelwork in a conventional British Obedience Test, thus a large emphasis is placed in its importance. The aim of this course, is to teach all aspects needed to train your dog to do heelwork as required for UK, FCI and IPO sports.

The emphasis will be on UK style heelwork, but it can and has been adapted to train for other styles, including heeling for AKC, IPO, Australian, FCI and NZKC rules. My previous students have attained wins in IPO at National Level and a place on the GB Team, Australian Obedience Champion title, and AKC titles, to name but a few.

In this course, heelwork will be broken down into short bite size pieces and each layer built up systematically.

The conclusion will be how to connect all these components to achieve that dynamic picture and teamwork!

The course will cover:

- Core fundamentals of static heelwork position training
- Training movement, and discussing assessing construction in relation to heelwork
- Teaching a constant hand touch for heelwork and removal of the cue for competition.
- Footwork, deportment and handling.
- Teaching turns, and handling of turns.
- Building drive and motivation into your heelwork
- Adaptions for FCI, IPO and AKC rules.
- Problem solving, trouble shooting, adaptions for smaller dogs.

To better understand what FCI heeling looks like, check out this video:


There are no scheduled sessions for this class at this time. We update our schedule frequently, so please subscribe to our mailing list for notifications.

Registration will begin at 11:30am PST.

Enrollment limits: 12 gold, 25 silver, unlimited bronze. If you are interested in a bronze level class, you can sign up any time during the registration period.

For answers to commonly asked questions see our FAQ page.


Week 1:

Prep class – Theory, explanation of methodology, explaining 'plumb line' position, weight change, talk through construction and how it affects heelwork.

Hand touches – starting them and building duration.

Statics – Capital D's, Foot targets, stand at heel right leg forward, food follows.

Week 2:

Progressing hand targets, moving hand targets, Stand at heel left leg forward, building drive into movement

Week 3:

Lateral movements, pivot turns, building duration into your statics.

Week 4:

Piecing your statics together, first steps, linking it all together.

Week 5:

Footwork, deportment, putting components together.

Week 6:

Finishing touches, removal of hand cue, games to build drive and enhance movement, trouble shooting, problem solving.

Prerequisites and Equipment


Course Testimonials


I really loved the FCI Style Heeling Course with Kamal, I had a great time learning new technics and watching other students progress through the exercises. This was my first course on Fenzy DogSports Academy and I will definitely enroll on more obedience courses. Thx Denise and Kamal for the wonderful course ! Nuno Pereira & Safira           

I really enjoyed this class. I have been doing heelwork for years but found this to be a new and exciting approach. I am a dog trainer professionally and Kamal's methods were effective and easy-to-understand for a wide range of students. I now use them in my classes. Amy W.             

Kamal is the king of UK heelwork and I love the way he teaches it. It will take some time till I get a decent heelwork but thanks to this class it's doable in a clear way that is also fun for both dog and human.             

Really enjoyed this course. Video clips were easy to understand and follow. Suggestions and comments offered by instructor were helpful. This course answered a lot of questions I had about teaching a young dog the heelwork position. The methods used are very positive and would recommend to anybody who is wanting to do competitive obedience. Nicky R             

This was a phenomenal class - I felt challenged but empowered to continue to do better. The energy created by his heeling techniques is contagious and makes us all want to be better handlers !!!              

This was a phenomenal class - I felt challenged but empowered to continue to do better. The energy created by his heeling techniques is contagious and makes us all want to be better handlers !!!            

This is a great class for introducing or refining your heeling. Great ways of splitting out the position, attitude and cadence involved in great heeling regardless of which venue you compete in. Can't wait to see what he has in store for the next one! Molly B    

Kamal is about individual attention,always being supportive and pushing for success. He is an awesome teacher.