Dearlove Nested Class Course - Sep 14 and 21 2006

12 Sep 2006Steve Schwarz

This week’s sequences focus on choosing crosses and

Front Cross Learning the Front Cross - VideoFront Cross or Post Turn Learning the Post TurnPost Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot TurnJump Wraps Jump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap Handling - With VideoJump Wrap/Wrap and three jump Pin Wheelhandling. The Intermediate sequences work Pin Wheels in both directions with a couple jump wraps. The Advanced sequences contain multiple Jump Wraps including Wraps into Serpentines Serpentine Handling TechniquesSerpentine Sequence.

There are two Intermediate team sequences. The first opens with a jump-tunnel-jump sequence into a three jump Pin Wheel whose third jump is the first jump of another three jump Pin Wheel in the opposite direction. Then on to the table. From the table it is a pair of Jump Wraps into a final Pin Wheel.

The second Intermediate sequence opens with a jump to a Jump Wrap to the tunnel. The tunnel acts as the first jump of a Serpentine whose third jump is the start of a Pin Wheel to the table. The same pair of Jump Wraps as in the other intermediate sequence now leads into the reverse jump-jump-tunnel Serpentine. Out of the tunnel is another Jump Wrap back into the tunnel.

Honestly, the opening of the first Advanced team sequence might be awkward due to the location of the second jump. Handlers will need to decide how they will handle the subsequent pair of Jump Wraps before choosing which side of the second jump to take. The direction to wrap the dog on the second wrap will effect the approach into the jump-jump-tunnel Serpentine. Coming out of the tunnel is a big 180 with a 90 degree turn to the jump and table. A big four jump Pin Wheel with a Jump Wrap on the final jump sets up the dog for the last two jumps.

The second Advanced sequence opens the same was as the first. It detours to the table at the fourth obstacle. The double Jump Wrap appears again in the opposite direction into a 180. After the 180 is a frankly ugly 90 degree tunnel entrance. The tunnel exit starts a Serpentine again up the middle of the course. Another pair of Jump Wraps in the opposite direction follow. This time the choice of wrap direction on the second jump should set the dog up for the jump and into the tunnel.

The two Advanced sequences should be quite challenging; I’m looking forward to seeing how the handler’s tackle it.

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:

  • Assume there is a start line at the bottom of the course. 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 when your dog comes out of the tunnel? Meeting your dog at the exit of the tunnel might not be a good plan for a fast dog...
  • Will you Front Cross or Rear Cross going from 5 to 6? What if you cross between 4 and 5 instead?
  • From table 9 to jump 10 you have at least three choices: Front Cross and Post Turn, Post Turn and Rear, or Lateral Lead Out(where you would put the Front Cross) and Post Turn.
  • Which side of jump 11 do you want to be on to handle the closing? Are you worried about the off course tunnel?

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:

  • Assume the start line is at the bottom of the course, does a Lead Out give you any advantage? If so where would you like to be?
  • Your handling of jumps 3-4 will influence your handling of the opening. Will you Push out to jump 2 with your dog on your right? Or will you handle out of the tunnel with your dog on your left and Rear Cross from 3-4?
  • Which direction will your wrap your dog around jump 4 to get set up for jump 5?
  • Jumps 5-6-7 make a classic Serpentine Serpentine Handling TechniquesSerpentine Sequence what side of the jumps will you handle it on?
  • Out of the tunnel is a 180, do you Front or Rear Cross from jump 9 to 10?
  • From the table it looks like a set of Post Turns with the dog on the handler's right through jump 15.
  • What direction do you Wrap your dog around jump 15? Does the direction help you avoid the off course tunnel after jump 16?

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

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