K9 Freestyle with Richard Curtis Heelwork to music and Freestyle

Training tips

How do i get started in heelwork to music or canine freestyle ? Before you start in either of these sports its always best to have some good basic obedience. The next step is to work on the easier moves such as twist, round, weave etc how to teach these can be found on the Moves DVD or the book which are both available in the shop. As you dogs toolbox of moves increases you can start to attach some together and this will be the start of performing a routine
Training for freestyle and heelwork to music
How long should i train my dog for ? Its best to train your dog for five minutes a few times a day rather than one long session. Try and pick times when your dog is more receptive which maybe before feeding or if an excitable dog that could be after a walk.
Herbie doing heelwork to music
What advice would i give someone competing for the first time ? The best advice would be to make sure you know your routine inside out. if you have not listened to the music a hundred times then you need to listen to it more. You don’t need to work the dog when learning the routine just walk through it without the dog but giving the commands as if working the dog. On the day do not work the dog too much at the venue just a little bit of attention work is best. Above all when you are in the ring smile and keep the dog moving even if the routine is going wrong.
Betty a canine freestyle chihuahua
How do i progress the moves my dog can perform? There are many ways you can make the moves your dog performs look a lot harder. You can teach the dog to perform the move at a distance if it is a static move. You can also have the dog behind you or facing ahead of you. Any of these will score you well when you get into the ring to compete.
Whizzy Crufts freestyle winner
K9 Freestyle with Richard Curtis Heelwork to music and Freestyle

Training tips

How do i get started in heelwork to music or canine freestyle ? Before you start in either of these sports its always best to have some good basic obedience. The next step is to work on the easier moves such as twist, round, weave etc how to teach these can be found on the Moves DVD or the book which are both available in the shop. As you dogs toolbox of moves increases you can start to attach some together and this will be the start of performing a routine
How long should i train my dog for ? Its best to train your dog for five minutes a few times a day rather than one long session. Try and pick times when your dog is more receptive which maybe before feeding or if an excitable dog that could be after a walk.
What advice would i give someone competing for the first time ? The best advice would be to make sure you know your routine inside out. if you have not listened to the music a hundred times then you need to listen to it more. You don’t need to work the dog when learning the routine just walk through it without the dog but giving the commands as if working the dog. On the day do not work the dog too much at the venue just a little bit of attention work is best. Above all when you are in the ring smile and keep the dog moving even if the routine is going wrong.
How do i progress the moves my dog can perform? There are many ways you can make the moves your dog performs look a lot harder. You can teach the dog to perform the move at a distance if it is a static move. You can also have the dog behind you or facing ahead of you. Any of these will score you well when you get into the ring to compete.