Dearlove Nested Class Course - Aug 31 and Sep 7 2006

29 Aug 2006Steve Schwarz

This week’s sequences focus on choosing crosses and

Pin Wheel handling. The Advanced sequences will require handlers to balance their need to get into position with their dog's distance handling abilities. All four sequences use the same three obstacle opening, the handling for that section "sets the stage" for the rest of the sequence.

There are two Intermediate team sequences. The first opens with a jump-tunnel-jump sequence into a four jump Pin Wheel. Then on to the table. From the table it is an easy three jump Pin Wheel that turns back into another Pin Wheel in the opposite direction (making a gentle “S” path through the course).

After the opening the second Intermediate sequence asks the handler decide how they’ll get in position to handle the three jump Pin Wheel to the table. From the table it is a Jump Wrap Handling 360 Jump Wraps aka "Over and Over" - VideoJump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap/WrapJump Wrap Handling - With Video to a Serpentine Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques to finish the sequence.

From the fast opening sequence the first Advanced team sequence goes into a tight 270 270 Degree Jump SequenceBack Side Entry to 270/Training Opportunity - VideoHandling 270 Degree Jump Sequences with a long run to the table. From there it is a “semi”-Serpentine back to the tunnel. Then a fast four jump Pin Wheel with a Layering opportunity through the last two jumps.

The second Advanced sequence opens with the same opening as the other sequences and into a three jump Pin Wheel to the table. From the table it is another three jump Pin Wheel in the opposite direction with Jump Wrap Handling 360 Jump Wraps aka "Over and Over" - VideoJump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap/WrapJump Wrap Handling - With Video to the final two jumps.

I’m particularly interested in running the left hand Advanced sequence with Milo.

Course Setup With Obstacle Coordinates

Course Setup With Obstacle Coordinates

Intermediate Class

Intermediate Course Sequence 1Intermediate Course Sequence 4

The usual drill: have the handlers walk the course and run it once without any specified handling. Then discuss the following handling options for the left hand sequence:

  • As usual, does a Lead Out give you any advantage? If so where would you be? Where would you set up your dog? Which side of your dog will you be on taking jump 1?
  • What side of jump 3 do you want to be on?
  • The challenge will be getting from the tunnel and into position to handle the Pin Wheel.
  • What Pin Wheel handling method will you use?
  • The turn to the table can be handled at least three ways which would you choose and why?
  • For the "S" sequence 10-11-12-13-14 which side of jump 12 will you be on? Will the off course to the tunnel be an issue for your dog?

Advanced Class

Advanced Course Sequence 1Advanced Course Sequence 2

Walk it, run it, discuss it, and run it again! The left hand sequence is discussed below:

  • As usual, does a Lead Out give you any advantage? If so where would you be? Where would you set up your dog? Which side of your dog will you be on taking jump 1?
  • The 270 from 4-5 will be challenging since the dog will have a lot of speed coming out of the tunnel. I think a Post Turn Post Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot TurnLearning the Post Turn in the pocket will work as long as you aren't racing your dog to get into position. Otherwise a Rear Cross Rear CrossLearning the Rear Cross on the landing side of jump 3 may be a better choice.
  • I'm thinking dog on the handler's right for 6-7-8-9-10.
  • Rear Cross on the landing of jump 11 or Front Cross on the take off of jump 12?
  • A Post Turn through 13-14-15 and keeping the dog on the handler's left?
  • Can you Layer jump 4-8-12 as you go to jump 16? Does Layering help you get the dog over jump 17?

Please add your comments and handling approach(es) for these courses below!

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