pitbullmamaliz wrote:I don't know if that's the official name of them, but that turn where I turn around in one direction and Inara circles behind me going the other way and ends up back in a heel position.
Anyway, for those of you who use this turn, do you have a cue for it? If not, how does your dog know when to do that turn as opposed to staying on your left and just doing an about turn?
pitbullmamaliz wrote:Katie, that's what I was figuring, that I'd just have to be consistent with it. I know it's harder to do (especially on leash!) but it just looks so damned impressive!
TheRedQueen wrote:Isn't it used in Rally too? There is a word for it in Rally, I thought...
pitbullmamaliz wrote:I found that it is called a "Left About Turn" in Rally.
Hundilein wrote:If you're talking about what I think you're talking about, I started teaching it to Hannah for Rally. I called it "whee!". I believe I started out using a hand target to lure her and then moved up to just telling her "go whee!" as I started my turn. She picked it up pretty quickly. I can't remember if I've done it with Renee. Maybe I'll try it with her this weekend. If I do, I'll try to remember to video tape it so I can see how I do it.
pitbullmamaliz wrote:Wheeee!!!! I like that, . I think I will put it on a cue since she still will need to know a regular about turn as well...
pitbullmamaliz wrote:I know I will need a regular about turn for obedience trials - not sure if they require a Schutz. turn at higher levels. So for now I'm teaching it just for fun and because it looks really good, but I may need it later. I'm really enjoying taking classes and competing and may branch into Rally or something else that requires it. Definitely not for Schutzhund.
pitbullmamaliz wrote:But then how would I work it when she still needs to know a regular about turn? Such a conundrum!
I can't even imagine Inara in a Schutzhund competition!
pitbullmamaliz wrote:Cripes, I haven't been paying attention to which leg I lead my turns with. I'm still trying to remember to always start heeling with my left leg (and failing!). I'm trying to think how I turn...thinking about it, I feel like if I want to turn left, either a basic left or a left about, I lead with my left leg. Maybe because I'm not doing super sharp turns yet since we're still learning? Are you saying that a left turn starts with the right leg and vice versa because once we're good enough my one foot (the inside foot) will just be a pivot point?
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