Dearlove Intermediate Mini-Course - Front Cross Drills
13 Aug 2004
I designed this practice course so Dearlove’s intermediate handlers could work on their . I know from personal experience that focusing on more complicated handling without continuing to invest time in foundation exercises only serves to erode the fundamentals. So I wanted to have them run this course specifically using front crosses.
The arrangement of the first four obstacles is based on part of a course from a Stacy Peardot-Goudy seminar I audited at Stone City Kennel Club. I liked the challenge she presented with this part of the course; but by “dictating” the handling for the intermediate handlers the off-course tunnel wasn’t much of a challenge for most of them.
For jumps 1-4 I asked the handlers to run the course using two Front Crosses. In this section I asked that they start and end with the dogs on their right to keep the dogs out of the tunnel. I have the paths drawn exageratedly (word?) away from the jumps to emphasize the handler’s turning so as to clear the jump uprights as they move to the next cross location.
I asked them to pick up their dogs on their right side coming out of the tunnel. Then finish the sequence with two more Front Crosses through jumps 7-9.
This turned out to be a good drill for most students. In addition to the physical practice of doing the course, we got to talk about where to setup a dog on the start line, if and how to lead out, where to Cross, committing to a Front Cross, and “fixing” a dog wrapping behind the handler on the cross.
For a more aggressive handling approach please see my other article
- Dearlove Intermediate Course - Front vs. Rear Crosses
- Running Dearlove Intermediate Course of 4 Oct 2004
- Dearlove Advanced Course - Front vs. Rear Crosses
- Running Dearlove Agility Intermediate Course of 29 Aug 2004