Backyard Dogs Practice Sequences - 2019 Mar

21 Mar 2020Steve Schwarz

This month’s sequences contain a wide range of handling challenges and include some of my most challenging handling combinations yet! As the sequences progress you’ll work on jump wraps Jump Wrap Handling - With VideoJump Wrap/WrapJump Wrap Handling Tips, slices, serpentines Serpentine Handling TechniquesSerpentine Sequence, 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, threadles Single Sided Threadle HandlingTraditional Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesThreadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle Handling, and offset back sides and threadles.

Setup

Here is the obstacle setup for 40’ x 50’ (12 m x 15 m) area with 6 weave poles:

Setup in feet
Setup in feet
Setup in meters
Setup in meters

If you have 10 more feet of space, this setup includes a full set of weaves and opens up the course for more running!

Setup in feet
Setup in feet
Setup in meters
Setup in meters

The Sequences

Let’s get to work download a PDF of all 9 sequences on a single page.

Discussion

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, in the first sequence can you wrap your dog both to the right and to the left at jump 8? It changes how you cue the wrap and your dog’s approach to the weaves.

So 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 I know the best way for us”.

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