Fundamental Orientations

Canine Freestyle Moves Database

The following identifies positions of the dog relative to the handler. The positions are named according to which way the dog is facing relative to the handler.

Clicking on an orientation will take you to "How to Teach" the dog a particular position.

Please note that positions can be taught using various methods, three of which are:

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All of the above orientations can also be considered "heel" positions, where "heel position" is defined as some part of the dog's body, in line with a particular part of the handler, maintaining that position relative to the handler while the handler is stationary, moves forwards, backwards, left or right sideways (side-passing).

The position behavior should be precise and on verbal cue
long before the first step is taken by the handler.

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Note: Some freestyle organizations may not permit any contact between dog and handler during a competition routine.

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