Dancing the Minuet - Two Jump Drill

28 Dec 2007Steve Schwarz

Agility pioneer Bud Houston posted some simple setups as part of a game idea with several interesting handling possibilities. He describes an agility game called the Minuet which is a timed game where the handler and dog repeat the sequence as many times as possible within a fixed time limit and get points for each complete sequence.

I had some time at ring rental when I recalled Bud’s simplest sequence and thought I’d give it a quick try:

Bud's Two Jump Minuet

Bud's Two Jump Minuet

How would you handle this?

I came up with two handling approaches:

  1. All Post Turns Post Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot TurnLearning the Post Turn
  2. All Across the Feet

I’m sure there are other solutions. I should mention the Post Turn approach can cause dizziness! Here’s a video I shot of both handlings

  • you can see where I got lackadaisical in the ATF handling and caused Meeker to back jump.

Bud originally intended this sequence as a stamina building exercise for one of his dogs. I’d agree with his assessment that it is probably more of a stamina building exercise for the handler and especially for your mental stamina.

Other Approaches

After posting this article I video taped four more handling approaches here.

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