How Fast?

Photo by Bob Segal
Photo by Bob Segal

I’m back again to share another of Peter Frost’s excellent handling blogs. This time he shares with us advice on the speed at which we should be moving our dogs, a very frequent question. For those of you learning to handle your own dog or those who are spiffing up your skills, I think Peter is offering some top notch advice and am grateful he is taking the time to share with us all!

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A fantastic illustration of a dog at optimum speed. Handler is Grant Gibson. A fantastic illustration of a dog at optimum speed.
Handler is Grant Gibson.

Why too fast is better than too slow.

One of the most frequent questions that I’m asked in handling training sessions is, “How do I know the right speed to run my dog?”  Every dog – regardless of breed – has its own optimum speed in the trot gait that best demonstrates its conformation while moving. When this speed is achieved, the dog will exhibit their maximum reach, drive, and ‘trueness’ of movement i.e. not overstepping; not to mention their most correct top line, head carriage and tail set.

My answer to this question is this: “Too fast is better than too slow, however, your dog’s optimum speed is always the best”.

Firstly, why is too fast better than too slow? My reasoning is this: If asked by a judge to show your dog on the…

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