Minuet - Two Jump Drill - Again

15 Jan 2008Steve Schwarz

Two weeks ago I posted two handling approaches for Bud Houston’s two jump Minuet setup. After my post I got some good handling alternatives for the sequence from sharp AgilityNerd readers. So one morning this weekend before the frost fully melted and turned the yard back to mud, I setup up the video camera and took a crack at filming some of the alternatives.

To refresh your memory here is the course setup:

Bud's Two Jump Minuet

Bud's Two Jump Minuet

Here are four more handling approaches shown in the video. I name the approaches by the handling used to turn the dog between 2-3 and 4-1:

  1. Front Crosses Learning the Front Cross - VideoFront Cross on the take off side of each jump.
  2. Rear Crosses Learning the Rear CrossRear Cross on the take off side of each jump (could also be viewed as a Post Turn Learning the Post TurnPost Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot Turn followed by a Rear Cross. The wrap around the jump standard is then completed by performing a Front Cross across the length of the jump.
  3. Blind Crosses on the take off side of each jump followed by a Front Cross to complete the jump wrap.
  4. What I'd call a Single Sided Serpentine Serpentine Handling TechniquesSerpentine Sequence handling approach, where I stayed on one side of the jumps and brought Meeker over the jump into my back reaching hand as though we were handling a Serpentine. This was actually the first approach I filmed and you can see Meeker is launching long over the left jump because I'm giving him his turning cue too late.

So far we’ve got six different handling methods for this sequence. Of course you could mix up the crosses used in each sequence too to get even more permutations. Are there any more raw methods we’ve missed?

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