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    This is interesting! I thought most trainers taught two sided heeling.... FWIW, I dont.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Robinson View Post
    I believe Don Remein a very successful trainer is one sided.
    Don is one sided.....its the only subject he addresses from the left...politically from the right
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    Quote Originally Posted by Billie View Post
    This is interesting! I thought most trainers taught two sided heeling.... FWIW, I dont.
    Not the case for The TX Circuit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billie View Post
    This is interesting! I thought most trainers taught two sided heeling.... FWIW, I dont.
    It does seem to be a geographic thing. Bill Eckett is one sided.

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    If I was ambidextrous I might give it a try but after forty years I am not always accurate on one side, pushing and pulling from the left has served me well, why change now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    If I was ambidextrous I might give it a try but after forty years I am not always accurate on one side, pushing and pulling from the left has served me well, why change now?
    Amen, it was too hard for me to figure out. I have had two sided, but, in the end ran them all off the left side. When you judge in this neck of the woods, Ed, it is fun to watch, hmm let's study this for a bit as the clients ask their pros what side to run.
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    I would sure like to hear some thoughts from the pros, especially the added length of time teaching it. My first dog only heals to one side, but I have two others that im training two sided healing and it is definitely taking more time, and work to get a nice clean heal.
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    I run my dogs on the left.

    I believe that there is a theoretical advantage to running on both. But, I have not been able to utilize it. (A long time ago, I had two two sided dogs - brothers FC/AFC Freeridin Wowie Zowie and FC/AFC Sky Hy Husker Power)

    In my judging assignments, I have found that few handlers are able to make the theoretical advantage an actual advantage.

    Until I retire, and I can train 5 days a week on a full time basis, I will remain one sided. But, I think that it requires a ton of practice time to realize any benefit on game day. And maybe not even then.
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    With regard to left healing, of which i suppose by far is the most common, why the LEFT and not the RIGHT? Considering most shooters (UKC) are right handed if healed on the left shooting right shouldered you can't exactly see the dog that well....right? If healed on the left, and shooting left shouldered you have 100% view of your dog at heel while "on he bucket". Fortuantely i'm left handed so it works well....not to mention you'd get a better "gun follow", but never understood why a right hander would want a left healer. I'm sure there is a reason i'm not aware of. (?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BonMallari View Post
    Don is one sided.....its the only subject he addresses from the left...politically from the right
    If you've watched Don's dogs much you will notice something else unique -

    I find this discussion interesting - most handlers can barely master one set of instructions, why would anyone want to have to learn twice as much? Now don't say to me that it provides more tools, a tool is only useful when the mechanic knows how to use it. I can't believe the number of times I've listened to someone in the gallery discuss how they screwed up a test - but never do you hear anyone say "I overthought it". There is a reason the pro's are at the National Am .
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