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It wasn’t that long ago that heelwork to music was something you only saw at Crufts. Now, it’s a fast-growing sport that’s loved by dog and humans alike across the country.
So what’s heelwork to music all about?
As the Kennel Club puts it, heelwork to music is ‘Obedience training with a twist! Your dog has to display its obedience skills within a choreographed routine, which has been devised by the handler, alongside a chosen piece of music.’
It might sound tricky at first, but there are loads of reasons to give heelwork to music a try. Here are just four…
Spending time with your four-legged friend while moving around to upbeat music is always a guaranteed mood lifter! At Tug-E-Nuff Dog Gear, we often talk about the need for training to be enjoyable, and this is the perfect way to help make obedience training fun for both of you - especially if you add in a few training toys as the ultimate reward for getting it right!
Unless you go to a regular class, obedience training can be a lonely game. We love heelwork to music because there are classes and clubs up and down the country that you can join at any level. There’s no such thing as the ideal breed for heelwork to music, but it is recommended that your dog has good recall and is well socialised before you join as heelwork to music happens off-lead. Find your local club and get stuck in!
When you play and train alone, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. Getting involved in heelwork to music means you can work at your own pace, but gently challenge yourself and your dog to achieve more. Who knows, it could be you in the competitors ring at Crufts next year!
Do you take part in heelwork to music? Tell us what you love about it in the comments!