Sensational Sidesteps in Heel and Front

Sunday Oct 6

3:50 PM

Experience Level: All

Do you want to know the most useful heeling move you can teach your dog? Sidesteps! Got a dog that heels wide? Do a sidestep! Does your dog sit crooked? A sidestep can fix that! Forging, wrapping, and more can all be improved by doing a sidestep. Teaching your dog lateral movement helps with rear-end awareness, too, which can help strengthen other behaviors.

In this session, you will learn how to teach lovely lateral movement! Working dogs who understand left pivots will have an advantage. Before starting lateral training, we’ll briefly cover the steps to get dogs off the pivot bowl.

You’ll also learn how to get lateral movement in front! This comes in handy for strengthening the front behavior. It’s also a required move in the Master level of rally.

Come join Nicole and learn how to teach your dog sensational sidesteps in heel and in front!

Presenter Bio

Nicole Wiebusch

Nicole Wiebusch CPDT-KA (she/her) has been competing in dog sports for over 25 years. Starting in 4-H, Nicole quickly became addicted to the sport of obedience and has been showing in obedience, rally, and agility ever since. Her first golden retriever, Tucker CDX RAE MX MXJ, was her “crossover” dog, the one who taught her the value of positive reinforcement training.

Her second golden retriever, Toby, earned multiple high-level titles in obedience, rally, and agility. Toby earned a UDX2 and OM3 in obedience, and was retired just 30 points shy of finishing his OTCH (Obedience Trial Champion) due to physical reasons. Toby also earned an RAE in rally, and at two separate Golden Retriever National Specialties, won the very large Advanced Rally classes. Throughout his career, Toby won multiple High in Trial and High Combined awards. Toby passed away in 2021 at the amazing age of 15 years and 8 months. He taught Nicole to enjoy the journey and made her laugh every time she stepped foot into a ring.

Strive is Nicole’s third golden and first female. She is in the Golden Retriever Club of America’s (GRCA) Obedience Dog Hall of Fame for her High in Trial awards in obedience. She earned her RACH (Rally Championship) with numerous High Triples and High Combineds. Strive produced a fabulous litter whose accomplishments have earned her the title of Outstanding Dam through the GRCA. Strive is currently enjoying being trained and shown by Nicole’s daughter in agility, rally, obedience, and 4-H.

Excel is Strive’s son and Nicole’s 4th golden retriever. He is very close to earning his RACH and is competing in agility. Excel taught Nicole the importance of life skills, reward markers, and relaxation techniques.

Finally, Rise is Nicole’s youngest golden. He has earned his Novice Trick Dog title and is learning to be a good puppy. Rise is a fabulous pup and Nicole is excited to see where their journey leads.

Nicole started Golden Paws Dog Training LLC in 2008. She teaches both pet people and dog sports enthusiasts dog-friendly training methods. Nicole has been an instructor for FDSA since 2019, teaching rally, obedience, and foundation classes. She is also a TEAM judge and has earned both the Obedience/Rally/Freestyle Trainer’s Certificate and the Sports Foundation Trainer’s Certificate from FDSA. In addition, Nicole is a CPDT-KA, a Canine Good Citizen and Trick Dog evaluator, a Professional Member of the APDT, and the leader and trainer for the local 4-H Dog program.

Nicole resides in Northern Minnesota with her husband, three children, and multiple dogs and horses. Aside from dog training, she enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with her horses.

Nicole’s website can be found at and she can be contacted at