What is Heelwork to Music

Heelwork to music is an exciting dog activity sport

Heelwork to Music (HTM) is a relatively recent competitive activity in which participants devise routines of up to four minutes, set to music, and perform the routines with their dog. HTM is divided into two categories – Heelwork to Music and Freestyle – and most Competitions stage official classes in both categories.

Heelwork to Music came originally from the sport of canine obedience and uses the heelwork elements of that sport. It requires a dog to walk in one of the 8 prescribed heelwork positions and the handler to choreograph that heelwork to a piece of music.

 

How?

By using positive training techniques; food, toys games etc.. Dogs are trained to maintain a heelwork position and move with their handlers at a variety of speeds in various directions.

Do dogs dance?

No – the music and the ‘dancing’ is for the handler who has to choreograph the dog’s movements at heel in time to or using the phrasing, beat or rhythm of the music. The handler can move and dance if they wish but the dog is simply doing heelwork. this makes it more challenging and fun for the handler the dog does not care what music is played.

Proud HTM team GB sponsors 2020 – Kopek Security

Kopek Security is proud to announce that we will be sponsoring the HTM GB Team this year, with all the bad news of lockdowns and cancelled shows it seems the show will go on! bellow are the new dates with fingers crossed we will see you there.

World Championship – was scheduled for June 2020 – now postponed until 23rd – 25th October 2020
Open European Championship – was Scheduled for 15th – 16th October – now looking at postponing to 2021

The below teams have been confirmed to compete at the FCI World Championships from 22-25 October 2020 in Seltz, France.

The below teams have been confirmed to compete at the FCI World Championships from 22-25 October 2020 in Seltz, France.

HTM Team GB 2020
Lucy Creek with Harriot Skiffle King (Skiff)
Helen Dennis with Comebyanaway Pure Love (Kara)
Caroline Garrett with Wildsea Phoenix of Fire (Fawkes)
Kath Hardman with Stillmoor Extra Special (Denby)  and Team Manager
Lucy Heath with Stillmoor Winter Sun (Indie)
Nicci Hindson with Comebyanaway Wildest Dream (Elsa)
Louise Ince with Decoyman’s Piper Edward (Troy)

The below teams have been confirmed to compete at the Open European Championships.

HTM Team GB 2020
Kath Hardman with Stillmoor Extra Special (Denby) and Team Manager
Lucy Heath with Stillmoor Winter Sun (Indie) and Trip Hazard (Trip)
Nicci Hindson with Comebyanaway Wildest Dream  (Elsa)
Caroline Garrett with Wildsea Phoenix of Fire (Fawkes)
Irene Walsh with Oltomaine Jack (Jack)
Pamela Sullivan with Bandaitch Mack The Knife  (Mackie)