Warmups!

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Continue working on your foundation exercises while building mastery of every step in the progression, speed, distance, and distractions!

*Links are to video reviews.

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322. Stand - Leave 2 Steps - Call to Heel - While heeling, the handler stops and the dog stands in heel position. The dog must stand and stay while the handler takes two steps forward and pauses. The handler begins to heel forward and then commands the dog to heel. The dog must speed up noticeably to resume heel position. (Stationary) 

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—> THIS SIGN HAS NO SITS! <— 

311. Backup 3 Steps - Stand & Leave - Call to Finish – Forward - The Call sign will be placed approximately three feet away from this sign. While heeling, the dog and handler reverse direction and walk backwards at least 3 steps. The handler may pause to stand and leave the dog. The dog must stand and stay until called. The handler will walk to the Call sign and turn to face the dog. Without moving their feet, the handler may command/signal the dog to finish. The dog must finish to the right or left. As the dog clears the handler’s path, the handler will heel forward. (Stationary) 

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** Watch video for details on which way is "right." While that seems obvious, it's not to many people.**

309. Backup 3 Steps – Right Backup 1 or 2 Steps – Forward - While heeling, the dog and handler reverse direction walking backwards at least 3 steps, and without stopping, take one or two steps backwards 90° to the right and then heel forward. The dog must move with the handler. 

310. Backup 3 Steps – Left Backup 1 or 2 Steps – Forward - While heeling, the dog and handler reverse direction walking backwards at least 3 steps, and without stopping, take one or two steps backwards 90° to the left and then heel forward. The dog must move with the handler. 

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315. Double Left About Turn - Right Turn - While heeling, the handler will make an about turn to the left, while at the same time the dog must move around the handler to the right and into heel position. The handler will take two or three steps before the dog and handler make a second about turn to the left. The dog and handler then turn right and heel forward. 

315. Double Left About Turn - Left Turn - While heeling, the handler will make an about turn to the left, while at the same time the dog must move around the handler to the right and into heel position. The handler will take two or three steps before the dog and handler make a second about turn to the left. The dog and handler then turn left and heel forward.

There are THREE different versions of this sign!

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314. Cloverleaf - This sign requires the pylons be spaced approximately 6 feet apart. The dog and handler must complete the cloverleaf by crossing the center line four times. The pylons will be numbered in the order they are to be performed. This is a change of direction sign and upon exiting the team may go in any direction to the next sign. 

My favorite part! Spins & Twirls!

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312. Dog Spins Right - Forward – While heeling, the handler stops and the dog, without sitting, spins in a circle to the right alongside the handler. When the dog returns to heel position, the dog and handler heel forward. 

313. Dog Spins Left - Forward – While heeling, the handler stops and the dog, without sitting, spins in a circle to the left alongside the handler. When the dog returns to heel position, the dog and handler heel forward. 

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321. Dog Circles Right Around Handler - Handler Circles Left - While heeling, the dog and handler will stop forward motion. The dog must circle right around the handler and the handler will circle left at the same time the dog is moving right. The dog and handler heel forward. This is a 360° circle with the dog and handler moving in opposite directions. 

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319. Side by Side 360°Right Circle - While heeling, the dog and handler will stop forward motion and make a 360° side by side right circle. 

320. Side by Side 360°Left Circle - While heeling, the dog and handler will stop forward motion and make a 360° side by side left circle.