Advanced Class Mini Course
10 Jun 2010
I came up with an interesting class course this week at For Your Canine containing On and Off Side Weave Entries, , a and . There are a number of different handling possibilities. Sorry no video this time…
Here are my thoughts on handling the opening as shown in the diagram below.
Handling the Opening
For the opening the most successful handling was to start with dog on the handler’s left. The cue the jump wrap with the handler’s right arm and bring the dog between the gap between jumps 2 and 3. Once the dog is through the gap then rotate to the right toward jump 3. That sets the dog on a nice line straight over the jump and to the table.
From the table it is just a wrap taking the dog over the jump to the dog’s left. For the experienced dog the 90 degree weave entry shouldn’t need much help from the handler. The less experienced dog benefits from the handler taking the blue path to give the dog straight on weave approach.
Now for the middle of the course:
Handling the Middle
From the weaves there are two primary handling approaches. This part of the course is quite challenging for handlers with fast dogs with running teeters. In general the green handling path worked nicely for faster handlers and dogs with independent, stopped contacts. If the dog can be counted on to take the teeter and, if necessary, pause in a stop; then the handler can run straight from the weaves and be in position “S” to scoop the dog as they come over the jump. If not in position the handler is in for a collision or a loopy series of. But if the handler can scoop the dog the dog will easily take jump 9 and a pull to jump 10.
The slower handler and/or dogs without independent contacts need the handler to take the blue path to support their teeter performance. Then the handler can Front Cross and back up to jump 8 with the dog on their left arm. This cues a nice jump wrap with the dog on the handler’s left just like in the green handling.
Once the dog is on the way to jump 10 the handler can start the 270 by Rear Crossing on the take off of jump 10. A slight push after jump 11 gives the dog a straight approach to the dog walk.
From the dog walk it is dog on right through the weaves. Then a front cross at the end of the weave and justthrough the final jumps.
I hope you give this one a try. My students did a great job and got to try several handling approaches.