Backyard Dogs Practice Sequences - 2018 May

30 Dec 2018Steve Schwarz

This is an expanded version of my Backyard Dogs article originally published in the May 2018 issue of CleanRun.

For this month’s Backyard Dogs exercises I created sequences to work on improving entrances, exits, and handling on the way in and out of the weaves. My young dog Snap! is weaving 6 poles and this was a great opportunity to add to his skills as well as testing how far my more experienced Flyer and I can go! I also have some sequences where you can work on moving with your dog past the weaves. Somehow I turned Flyer into a “weave seeking missile” and I now include this skill in our practices.

The weaves are physically demanding on our dogs so I try not to do too many repetitions in any training session. So work on these spread across many training sessions.

Here is the equipment layout in a 40 ft x 50 ft space in English and Metric coordinates:

Couse Setup Diagram in English units Couse Setup Diagram in Metric units

Here is the equipment layout using a full set of weaves in a larger 50 ft x 50 ft space in English and Metric coordinates:

Couse Setup Diagram for a 50 x 50 space in English units Couse Setup Diagram for a 50 x 50 space in Metric units

Let’s get to work: Download a PDF of all 9 sequences on a single page

The sequences increase in difficulty with the later ones including threadles Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesTraditional Threadle HandlingSingle Sided Threadle Handling and back side Back Side/Back Side JumpHandling the Quad Back Side - Patrick Bucher Course/VideoThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesBack Side of Jump Handling Combinations - Video jump approaches.

When you are working on these sequences challenge yourself by turning your dog both directions around the jump preceding the weaves when its a jump wrap. It will change your handling on the way in and out of the wrap. Similarly, if a sequence calls for a change of sides at the weaves, can you front Front CrossLearning the Front Cross, rear Rear CrossLearning the Rear Cross, and blind cross on both the entrance and exit of the weaves?

I’ll always challenge you to develop the skills to not just “get through” a sequence, but to be able to master it using as many techniques as possible.

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