Backyard Dogs Practice Sequences - 2019 Jan

26 Feb 2020Steve Schwarz

This is an expanded version of my Backyard Dogs article originally published in the January 2019 issue of CleanRun.

These sequences contain a full range of handling challenges including some interesting tunnel to weave and weave to tunnel entrances. As the sequences progress you’ll work work jump wraps Jump Wrap/WrapJump Wrap Handling - With VideoJump Wrap Handling Tips, slices, pin wheels, serpentines Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques, back sides 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, and threadles Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesSingle Sided Threadle HandlingTraditional Threadle Handling.

Here is the equipment layout in a 40 ft x 50 ft space:

Couse Setup Diagram 40 ft x 50 ft

Here is the equipment layout in a 12 m x 15 m space:

Couse Setup Diagram 12 m x 15 m

If you have more room (50 ft x 50 ft) you can fit in a full set of weave poles and use a 20 ft (6 m) tunnel:

Couse Setup Diagram 50 ft x 50 ft

Here is the equipment layout in a 15 m x 15 m space:

Couse Setup Diagram 15 m x 15 m

Let’s Do It!

Download a PDF of all 9 sequences on a single page

As always, I’d urge you to practice each sequence with multiple handling approaches.

It isn’t enough to “just get through” a sequence.
Try to handle each sequence every way you can imagine.

For example, even if it doesn’t “make sense” to wrap your dog around the opposite wing of a jump, it will definitely challenge your team’s skills. Not only will you have to get your dog prepared for the opposite wrap, you’ll have to get to the next obstacle smoothly. You might even find it’s faster going the direction you didn’t try first!

I never want you to say: “I want to but we can’t”. With practice, you’ll say: “We can do this many ways and this is the best way for us”.

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