This one is easy!
I have no formal footwork for halts but I do have a rule.
Here it is.
Write it down and make sure that your feet are listening when you read it back. Are you ready? ok. Here it is:
NEVER LET ME HEAR YOUR FEET.
It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter if you stop on your left foot, your right foot, off a long stride or a short one. If I cannot hear your feet, then you are smooth and quiet. If I hear your feet when you halt, then you smacked some part of your foot into the ground. That’s bad. Quiet feet are good feet, and good feet make good dogs. Good dogs make happy dogs and happy dogs make happy handlers.
Honestly, what else could you want?
In this video I start by working alone. Then I follow it up with every one of my dogs. Lyra – she’s climbing up my leg and wants to heel too close. I stop quietly. (I really need to do something about her heeling, don’t I?). Raika – she’s heeling a little wide. I stop quietly. And Brito. He’s just about right.
Always….I halt quietly. Or at least that’s my goal. Sometimes I’m more successful than other times.
I haven’t worked halts with any of these dogs in a very long while and that shows in their positioning – but they can follow quiet feet. (crooked is a different issue – I’ll work on that separately).
You cannot hear my feet. Now admittedly, you won’t be able to hear that on a video, so get up from your computer, walk around your house, and practice your halts without a dog. Practice stopping on either foot. Practice near walls. Practice after your turns. And never, ever let your feet make a sound. Now add a dog.
See? Quiet feet are good feet.