Heel Work to Music
Obedience training with a twist!
Heelwork to Music (HTM) is a relatively recent activity in which handlers devise and perform routines set to music alongside their dog.
Heelwork to Music derived originally from the set exercises forming the heelwork component of competition Obedience with a musical backing, but it quickly grew into a much more demanding and creative discipline.
The introduction of Freestyle (routines interpreting the music in which predefined heelwork movements form only a third or less of the total) added still further to the growing appeal of the sport.
Heelwork to Music has a wide range of facets, from a creative 'play' environment where pet owners develop a bond with their dogs, to opportunities for more advanced training and competition, to an enthralling and moving spectator event. At its best the sport can be quite breath-taking, as anyone who has witnessed the 'Best in Show' evening at Crufts in recent years will be aware.