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Old 11-08-2013, 03:35 PM
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I think it's a combination of the style you like and your dogs structure. I train heads up heeling as I like it more than the UK wrap around style, but my beagle heels quite differently to my Malinois as they are quite different dogs structurally.

Here's an example of how my Mal heels, to me it's my ideal style of heel work. I didn't do anything to train the head position specifically, I teach her heel position and to focus on my face and make direct eye contact and the rest happens pretty naturally.

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Old 11-09-2013, 11:32 PM
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I think it depends on what you're training for. If you're just teaching heel for competetion obedience and you won't realistically use it a whole lot outside of the ring, then the health of the dog doesn't matter as much as far as whether his head is stretched too far to the side.

When we teach heel to the service dogs we train, we teach a very specific and rigid position that the dogs' bodies have to be in, but at the same time we let them choose their own position for their heads. The reason is that they'll be in heel for sometimes hours in a day, and it's not reasonable to put their bodies in a position that will be uncomfortable. So they need to be close to us, straight at our side, with their shoulder lined up with our leg; besides that they can move however they like.

Personally, for competetion obedience, I'd like my dog looking at me; but wrapping his head around to the front of my leg looks painful for him and will get very annoying for me. So he's learning that he can look up at me by moving his eyes; without putting his head in front of me and without straining his neck. But, that's just me.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:24 AM
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Personally, for competetion obedience, I'd like my dog looking at me; but wrapping his head around to the front of my leg looks painful for him and will get very annoying for me. So he's learning that he can look up at me by moving his eyes; without putting his head in front of me and without straining his neck. But, that's just me.
I think this is the best description of what I'm looking for. I don't mind if the head is slightly curled, but I don't want the dog's head in front of my knee. I want head up and eyes up.
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