Dearlove Advanced Course - Front vs. Rear Crosses

04 Oct 2004Steve Schwarz

I designed this practice course so Dearlove’s advanced handlers could work on trying some different handling options.

Course With Obstacle Numbers

Here are my thoughts about possible handling options:

  • I think it would be interesting for handlers to go directly from the dog committing to the tunnel to the landing side of jump 2. The dog will curve towards the handler coming out of the tunnel. By running a parallel path to the dog the handler could Front Cross Front CrossLearning the Front Cross over jump 2 and be ahead of the dog going to jump 3. It probably isn't necessary, except maybe for the fastest dogs, but it will be fun to try. Alternately Rear Cross Rear CrossLearning the Rear Cross on the landing after jump 2.
  • The Threadle Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesTraditional Threadle HandlingSingle Sided Threadle Handling between jumps 3 and 4 could just become a push over jump 4 if the handler sets up a very flat angle on the dog's approach to jump 3
  • Stay in the center and possibly run like heck through jumps 8-11
  • Rear Cross or Front Cross jump 11 to 12. It will be interesting to see how this plays out
  • I'm tempted to Front Cross the landing of jump 12 and handle jumps 13 to 14 with the dog on my right. But just keeping the dog on the handler's left will probably be sufficient.

I’m looking forward to a healthy Milo running this course…

For another course using the same setup please see this article.

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