Next, Rich warms up Titan with some "spins". Particularly with the long-backed dogs, I like to warm them up with some exercises like this before we do alot of demanding physical movements. This is the warm-up to your fitness class, and it also lets you measure whether the dog is in the right frame of mind and ready to work. Spin to both directions. Dogs, like people and horses (and probably other animals, as well) have a side preference, so be sure to work the off-side. I tell handlers to think of the "wax on, wax off" of the Karate Kid. If you want to spin to the left, sweep your hand across the front of your body from right to left, and vice versa. The spins move into a front position and also begin to shape the return to heel.
With the front position, the handler continues to take baby steps backwards so that the position is close to the handler and the dog moves his rear end up to his front, instead of rocking back.
And next, Rich works with Titan to shape the proper head position for heeling, adopting the Knut Fuchs method of working with the dog between his legs. This allows him to shape the head position without having to nag with a leash or worry that the dog is not in correct physical position.
As they begin to move, you an see the beginning of the drive off the rear that results in the extended, flashy forehand movement.
and when Rich moves him to heel position, it looks something like this...