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Lisa, obedience and field really do feed into each other so well. Heel means heel, regardless of where you are. So many people in field seem willing to accept sloppy heeling, but the *good ones* don't. If you watch the really good handlers, their dogs come to the line heeling beautifully. (Dan crabs at me ALL the time for letting Tito get 6 inches in front of me when heeling! Seriously!) Sit means sit. Stay means stay. Fetch it means the same thing whether it's a dumbell or a bird. Come means come. They're really pretty much the same in so many ways.
You just have to uphold your standards across both venues. No excuses. If she's heeling sloppy, or doesn't sit immediately, don't ignore it just because you're not in an obedience ring.
The jump from JH to SH is huge, even with the help of a pro. Why worry about it for now? You'll get there as long as it's what you want to do! You'll just set your mind to it and you guys will get there when you're both ready. Same is true for obedience. Show when she's ready (good Lord, why would you show if she's not??).
I would say enter her in an obedience show, on a weekend you're not showing in breed. Take her in the ring and consider it a fun match, just to see where she's at and what you need to work on. It will be valuable information!
CH Rosewood Little Giant VCD3 UDX VER RA TDX MHU SH MXP MJP MFP T2BP DJ VCX WCX CCA CGC FFX-OG (born 3-10-2007), also UCH HR UH UUD AN UJJ URO1 UHIT a.k.a. "Tito" (the Tito Monster)
waiting at the bridge:
My first dog, and my most special girl
Gibson's Golden Girl, CD, CGC, TDI ( 3-20-1997 - 11-22-2013) a.k.a. "Tiny", "Queen B"
and my heart dog
Gibson's Golden Guy, CD, CGC, TDI ( 01-31-1998 - 01-02-2012) a.k.a. "Toby", "HRH"