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The “L” is used occasionally in conformation shows but not as often as it used to be. Westminster used it in early 2000 and it was interesting to see how many professional handlers did not do it correctly. This pattern allows the judge to see rear, front and side motion of the dog. The “L” is a hand change pattern meaning that the dog will gait on the left side of the handler for half the pattern and on the right side of the handler for the other half. It is important to teach your dog to gait comfortably on both your left and right sides.

The “L” can be done in either direction meaning that the first turn can be either right or left. In the left handed “L” you will start with the dog on the left, for the right handed “L” start with the dog on the right (the dog is always started on the side of the first turn).

To do the “L” to the left start with the dog on your left, approach the judge (the "Judge" is the little circle on the diagram, you will be approaching from the judges left) and turn toward the first leg of the pattern so that your dog is in front of and going directly away from the judge. Quickly pick a visual point at the far end of the ring (if outside or ring is un-matted) to head toward so that you gait your dog in a straight line (it is very hard to evaluate movement when the dog looks like a drunken sailor!). If the ring is matted you will keep the dog in the center of the mat at all times. When you reach the far side of the ring you will turn left and go to the next corner. Slow down just before you reach the corner and switch the lead to your right hand. Next, pivot towards the dog as you turn the dog towards you (so that you are facing one another), continue the pivot to face back the way you just came with the dog now on your right side. You will complete the pattern by retracing your steps back to the judge (see diagram). When you are approximately 6 feet away from the judge you will stop the dog in a stand position to show the dogs’ natural stance, do not hand set his feet during this time. You should stop the dog facing the judge or at a ¾ angle to the judge making sure to keep your body out of the judges line of sight. Many handlers show the dogs profile but that is not really correct. You may bait the dog to get an alert expression. When the judge dismisses you take your dog all the way around the ring to the end of the line-up.

The “L” to the right is done the same way except that you start with the dog on your right as the first turn is to the right. You will be switching the lead to your left hand when turning to retrace the pattern back to the judge.
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