Originally Posted by Jerry N Connie Walker View Post
Would she be better and would it take more training to make her drop her head and pace on the slow?
???? Those are two separate things.
Personally speaking, I don't want my dogs pacing ever. But it's not the worst thing in the world if the dog is not losing points and attention is there. It's just an ugly gait. Sometimes it happens because the dog is lazy or sometimes there's other reasons. But if a dog is pacing, does not mean that dog will lose points. One of the top dogs I know (and I mean nationally top dog) - she paces all the time. And I've talked to people whose dogs pace and they reached points where they don't give a darn if the dogs are getting high scores and are reliably and quick and efficient at everything else.
That said, I do know of people who work like your dog (lovely worker btw) who have lost points because of bumping and forging. One of my friends took her boy into the ring and did a truly beautiful run with him. Just heads up, beautiful movement, engagement, etc.... I thought it was going to be a 198 or 199 score? Ended up being 194, which wasn't a bad score to begin with but did not reflect the run. Spoke to her afterwards and heard the judge was nicking her left and right for bumping and forging.
Dogs dropping their heads - believe me, that's the HARDEST THING TO TRAIN away. And once your dog has figured out that he doesn't need to keep his head up - he doesn't. <= And I think some people have decided that it's not worth pulling their hair out over.
Btw, my definition of dropping the head is when the dog is looking forward or away. Head angle is something people split hairs over, but whatever you do - most of us want our dogs focused on us. I'm ok if their focal point is my hip because that's keeping them in heel position and no chance of wrapping around. That said, I do like a straight line from my dog's face to mine where I'm looking down where he needs to be. Stuff like that.