The Impact of Wings on Back Side Jump Wraps - Video
13 Oct 2014USDAA and AKC have recently issued judging guidelines recommending/requiring that judges use winged jumps when dogs are presented with a . I mentioned this in a recent FB post and was asked if there was proof of increased injury when dog's jumped tightly around jump uprights when no wing was present. I figured if both organizations had moved to require wings in these situations they had uncovered enough "proof". I had mostly heard of dogs slipping as they tried to wrap the standard tightly or when they worked hard/twisted to get over a bar from directly below it and suffered iliopsoas strains or other injuries.
I thought it would be interesting to see how our dogs set themselves up and jumped a Back Side with and without wings. So I setup a jump and my trusty video camera and taped Flyer and Petey. Watch the video, paying close attention to where their feet plant before jumping and where they land:
So sort of mixed results. Petey seems to work a little harder and jumps tighter when there is no wing while Flyer doesn’t change his approach but lands slightly tighter with wings. But then again Petey generally jumps tighter than Flyer… So at least for Petey he is pushed out slightly further by the wing. Two dogs does not a “study” make but I’m happy that we’ll be seeing more winged jumps on Back Side jumps in the organizations in which I compete.
You might try this out yourself and see if your dogs are affected by wings on back side jump wraps.