OB460: Shaping a Flashy and Confident Heel - Foundations

Instructor: Shade Whitesel

Course Details

My absolute favorite way to teach heeling is by shaping! Since heeling is such a complicated behavior chain with many different skills factoring in (head position, gait and rear end awareness being just a couple), I teach each skill separately and then stick them together. This class is the first of 3 on heeling, and is about the foundation behaviors needed in stationary heel position. It will also include left and right finishes, how to name them and pivots, including one and 2 steps and how to halt.

This class will overlap with the obedience skills in the retired Drives and Control 1 and 2 classes.



Next session starts: April 1, 2017
Registration starts: March 22, 2017
Registration ends: April 15, 2017


  • Rear end awareness-on and off platform
  • Value for basic position-stationary heel position
  • Finding heel-on and off platform
  • Back up
  • Focal point
  • Laterals
  • Pivots
  • Doodlling-1 step each direction


Prerequisites and Equipment

There are no pre requisites for this class. However, I strongly recommend Crucial Concepts of Competition, or a familiarity with shaping and how to name skills, or other foundation type shaping courses.