2 – How To Stack Your Dog

How to Stack Your Dog

How To Stack Your Dog:

Stacking your dog

What is stacking your dog?

Why stacking your dog is important and how to make the “picture”.

Successful handlers and how they catch the judge’s eye.

How to Hand Stack

Starting puppies on the table

The 3 Principles of Stacking

  1. The head controls the body
  2. Placing the Legs – Elbows and Hocks
  3. 5 Second Rule – Automatic, Habitual, Muscle Memory

Professional Tip – How not to fidget, and walking into the stack

Teaching the Free Stack

Leash free training – No, there is no “NO”.

Watch Me focus foundation

Body Language and Non-Verbal Movement as a Command

Winning with the Free Stack

Handler’s Bond and Responsibility to the dog


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    • Lee on 01/10/2019 at 3:24 PM

      Terrific information, but would have profited immensely from a video or at least still photos. It was hard to see the “picture.”

      • Laura Reeves on 11/08/2019 at 8:07 AM

        On the list of projects to work toward in the coming year! lol

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  7. Julie Smith on 03/30/2019 at 11:18 AM

    Appreciate your insights into conformation/stacking. We are new to the show world and would like to progress to free stacking perfection. What is your opinion on stacking blocks to assist with muscle memory?

    • Laura Reeves on 11/08/2019 at 8:00 AM

      They can be a useful tool. But, like any tool, they can cause harm if you aren’t careful! lol All Practice is muscle memory. Practice all the ways to teach your dog where to put his feet… stacking blocks can be helpful, but are not the ONLY answer…

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