Dearlove Nested Class Course - Apr 25 & May 2 2005

23 Apr 2005Steve Schwarz

I designed this week’s course to: introduce the table and continue work on jumps and the tunnel for beginners, 270 Jump Handling variations for intermediate teams, and Front Cross to “Across the Feet” for the advanced teams. Here is the obstacle setup for all three courses:

Course Setup

Beginner Class

Beginning Course Sequence
  1. Introduce the Pause Table
  2. Work on jumps with the dog on both sides
  3. Work on extending and bending the tunnel
  4. Discuss/Introduce the Lead Out
  1. Fast Sits
  2. Fast Downs
  3. Stays - begin working on a Lead Out

Intermediate Class

Intermediate Course Sequence

This course is setup to have the handlers try three different 270 Degree jump Handling methods as described in this article:

I’ve put the two harder handling approaches after the table to allow the handler to use a Lead Out to assist them if necessary.

Discuss the advantages of each handling approach with respect to the tightness of the lines and whether or not they setup the dog correctly for the next obstacle in the sequence.


  • 270 Handling

Advanced Class

Advanced Course SequenceAdvanced Course Sequence Handling

The primary challenge on this course is the off course jump shown with the “X” when going from jump 2 to jump 3 and from jump 13 to jump 14.

As usual have the handlers walk and run it anyway they like. Then propose handling it by either using a Lateral Lead Out to past jump 2 or pre-cueing a Front Cross for jump 2. Handlers should try to get to the “X” and use an Inside Arm as though they were performing a Rear Cross Learning the Rear CrossRear Cross to keep the dog on a left lead to jump 3 and into the tunnel. If the handler has a good send to the tunnel they can just “cut and run” and pickup the dog on the landing side of jump 5. Otherwise they can Rear Cross on the take off side of jump 3 and once the dog is in the tunnel run for jump 5.

I believe Guy Blanke would call this act of drawing the dog across the handler’s body an “Across the Feet”. If the handler subsequently crossed behind the dog I think you could call this a pre-cued Rear Cross.


  • Work on Inside Arm "Across the Feet"

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