Heelwork to Music
Heelwork to music (or HTM) is a dog competition giving owners
or handlers of their dogs, an opportunity to show off their skills in
obedience by doing "heelwork" and "freestyle" movements which
are combined with music.
The 'routines' and choice of music are devised by the owners or handlers. The choice of music is also very important in devising a routine.
This routine can really demonstrate the teamwork and skills
developed between the owner/handler and their dog.
There are two types of class:
Heelwork - which concentrates on a dog's ability to stay in different
heel positions while the owner/handler moves to music.
The dog must stay in one of eight 'heel' positions for over
two thirds of the routine.
Freestyle - the dog is required to show a variety of tricks and other obedience skills that are not necessarily at the heel position which must not constitute more than one third of the routine.
Can my dog take part ?
HTM is available for all dogs to try, so your dog can be a pedigree,
pure-bred or a cross breed.
For competition, dogs must be 12 months or over to enter the
Heelwork Class and 18 months or over to enter the Freestyle Class,
but training can begin earlier, with a limit on the amount of
'back leg work' asked of them.
If you decide that you would like to try HTM or Freestyle then
contact the club via the email below
Click on the link below to contact the club.