The following are comments on the figures found in Using Heel Position in Dog Agility Part 3 Clean Run Sept 2004, reflecting some of the changes since 2004 and why.
No changes. These are still unacceptable recalls to heel.
Figures 2 & 3
Today I realize that my location and perceived deceleration is naturally cueing my dog to turn and I do not try to override that with a trained skill. If I want my location to cue my dog to a turn, I don’t train him to respond otherwise for other situations.
Today I would never recall my dog to heel after jump 1. I would take off running to the left as my dog approached jump 1 and the recall to heel would actually happen over jump 2
Today I would be fairer to my dog and provide him with a line of motion that he could read and predict that we were going left after jump 1.
The captions on these diagrams seem to be in error to start with. In A, today I would not ask my dog to turn like this…I would be running away from him using motion to cue the turn not standing still. And, I would realize that I am cueing extension. Just ignore B,C. In D, today I do not ask my dog to recall to heel on the flat as a handling skill. I will do it in training to help improve my dog’s use of his rear end.
A I didn’t do this is 2004 and still don’t except perhaps on rare occasion if there is an obstacle ahead of my dog that my motion supports
B Today I use a lateral send on the first jump to cue the turn and to get ahead of my dog on the landing side of 2
C & D Today I cue the wrap going into the threadle so that I don’t have to worry about recalling to heel between obstacles. Today I would not call my dog to heel my dog past obstacles.
A My dog my not have understood my collection cues.
B & C No changes