dog moving sideways

Discussion in 'Dog Tricks' started by tugidq64, May 1, 2009.

  1. tugidq64 Experienced Member

    I was wondering if anyone has an idea or has taught their dog to step sideways with the handler? I am trying to teach my dog to dance with music and I would like her to follow my lead and step sideways with me. It's a hard one, at least for me.
    Thank you. Debby and Belle (a 3 yr. old lab who is really trying)

  2. fickla Experienced Member

    I have, but now I"m not sure if I remember how I taught it. I think I taught Lance to pivot in heel first (with their front feet on a book at first and then fading the book) and then slowly started moving sideways, a half inch at first. Lance isn't very good at it for more than 3 steps yet. With Vito, I'm just starting to work on this and am rewarding him for the tiniest shuffle to me. I've also done a little bit of having the dogs wait, while I take one step forward and a couple inches to the right so it's easier than just a straight sideways step.

    At a Sue Ailsby seminar, she said that she tells her dog to swing (or the command for finish left) as she moves a tiny bit to the right. But she teaches the swing as more of the pivot to find heel rather than the do a counter clockwise circle to heel I've seen some dogs do.

    Good luck! It's a lot of hind end awareness!
  3. maggies mom Well-Known Member


    I am also teaching my dog canine freestyle and I might be able to help. I use the command "pass" hold my palm vertically in front of her (Of course, hiding a treat) wave my palm slightly and gently nudge her side with me knee. Once she takes a step or two...I reward. We did move on to both of us facing the same direction and "passing" together, but I've had to revert to me facing her side and I will take it slower until she masters the command.

    GOOD LUCK!!!
  4. fickla Experienced Member

    that's a good point about teaching it in front first before moving to heel position. Lance does a lot better with finding "front" then heel. Vito however is currently having a much easier time with pivoting and going sideways in heel then he does in front.
  5. marieke New Member

    I taught Guus position "front" first. Then I would step to the side, holding a treat in front of his nose. He'd followed me by moving his front paws. Then I would click for any sign of him piveting his hind legs.

    I later expanded it to me turning and Guus turning around me like the arm of a clock. That was quite easy because he'd already learned to keep his position in front of me.
  6. szecsuani Experienced Member

    Here's a video of how many ways you can move sideways with your dog. :o) (of course there are some more)


    You can start in a heel position. Then you move a step on the right, and ask for a heel again. Try to get the dog not to sit down. And there you have a sideway heel. :)
  7. snooks Experienced Member those fuzzy furry dogs... :) I've been wanting to teach this.

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