Instructor: Nancy Gagliardi Little
This course is designed for experienced handlers as well as new obedience handlers that know nothing about the finer points of handling during heeling in obedience.
Dogs make mistakes in heeling when they are not properly cued with smooth, consistent, and clear movements by the handler. This class will help you identify the areas of potential confusion in your handling and also help you develop better handling skills. Once you clean up your handling, your dog's heeling will improve.
Many people struggle with heeling handling. If you have problems with footwork - like finding yourself on the wrong foot at the wrong time or focusing so much on your feet that you are late in executing, then this is the class for you. I have a different way of looking at handling that will shift your focus away from your feet. If you have no idea what it means to handle turns, starts, and stops in heeling (and desire to do so), then this class is also for you.
We will focus on handling for heeling primarily without your dog. If your handling is perfect and we have time, I might have you add your dog for more of a challenge.
My strengths are that I am creative, detailed oriented and I love to use my knowledge from agility to help people in obedience (same concepts, just a different application). I have a very unique way of helping people with handling - take your mind off of your feet and be more successful. Come and join us!!