Dana Pike - Another Class Course w/Video

01 Jan 2011Steve Schwarz

Dana Pike has really been on a roll designing interesting courses and she had yet another course I really liked. This sequence had Serpentines Serpentine Handling TechniquesSerpentine Sequence, a Threadle Mary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesSingle Sided Threadle HandlingTraditional Threadle HandlingThreadle Sequence, a Back Side Handling the Quad Back Side - Patrick Bucher Course/VideoThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesBack Side/Back Side JumpBack Side of Jump Handling Combinations - Video and multiple off course challenges. Instead of handling diagrams, you get to see video of Meeker and me run a couple handling options and see what lessons I learned.

In the diagram below there are two ending options, Dana had me run the second closing in the second run in the video.

Course Setup

Sequence 1

My “take away lesson” from running this course isn’t specific to this course, but it is: “Stay Focused”. I was talking during the walk through before the second run and didn’t concentrate on my (changed) handling coming out of the weaves. So when I ran it I took Meeker off course. I am disappointed in myself for not getting the sequence correct with the different handling. So much of the handler’s job in agility is mental and at a trial you only have one chance to get it right. So it looks like I need to work harder at bringing the mental focus I need at a trial to my training sessions too. Train like you want to trial…

I hope you run this course and let me know how it went for you. Meeker and I had a blast! Thanks Dana!

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