Backyard Dogs Practice Sequences - 2019 Jan
26 Feb 2020
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 Handling TipsJump Wrap/WrapJump Wrap Handling - With Video, slices, pin wheels, serpentines Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques, back sides Handling the Quad Back Side - Patrick Bucher Course/VideoThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesBack Side/Back Side JumpBack Side of Jump Handling Combinations - Video, and threadles Mary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesThreadle SequenceSingle Sided Threadle HandlingTraditional Threadle Handling.
Here is the equipment layout in a 40 ft x 50 ft space:
Here is the equipment layout in a 12 m x 15 m space:
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:
Here is the equipment layout in a 15 m x 15 m space:
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.
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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