Dearlove Intermediate Class - Chaining Skills
16 Aug 2004
I designed this practice course so Dearlove’s intermediate handlers could work on running a little longer course and chaining together their skills.
Here are the handling options I was thinking about when I designed this course. The course up to the table is pretty straightforward. Coming out of the tunnel handlers can get to the landing side of jump 4 and pick up the dogs on their right hand side. I could imagine crossing on the flat on the landing side of jump 5 but that would set a wide line and put the handler behind the dog. Either way the handler should get and pull the dog around the pin wheel on their right arm.
The interesting part of the course is after the table. You want the dog to wrap tight around jump 10. It is a good test of student’s practice of the Jump-Come-Cookie drill. One solution would be to lead out to jump 10 and face the table. Then position your body to point towards jump 11 while using your right arm to signal the jump to jump 10. Alternately, a front cross over jump 10 with an early cue for the front cross would work as long as the dog knows to collect and not over jump the jump.
For another course using the same setup please see article
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