Advanced Class: Run This Course, Really! - 15-Jun-2011
21 Jun 2011
The week I set up the Northeastern regional IHC jumpers course in my backyard I decided to base my class course on the middle of the IHC course. If you look at the course below you’ll see obstacles 7-13 are ripped off from David Bozak’s IHC course. I changed the arrangement of jumps after the tunnel to fit the space and to make the tunnel more of an off course after 14.
This course lets teams work on: On Side Weave Entry, some good off course challenges, and ends on multiple ., a , , a 90 degree
If you are short on space just set up the bottom half of the course and run 8-15.
I had my Intermediate class run 1-16 using multiple handling methods for jumps 1-2-3 and 13-14-15. My Advanced group ran the whole course and did their usual bang-up-job on it and once again made me proud!
Here are some handling thoughts:
- Which way to turn the dog over 2? To the dog's left shows the off course tunnel entrance sooner but gives the dog a better line over 3 to 4. We did a quick timing of one team and turning that dog to the right over 2 was 0.2 faster.
- Support jump 3 but don't move toward it... you want to be right next to the weaves with shoulders and, most importantly, motion facing jump 4 - don't support the tunnel. Some dogs needed a slight tug on the Verbal Leash.
- Handlers chose which side of the post to be on - you won't have that restriction :^)
- Stay on the from the tunnel exit to the weaves so the dog sees the entrance and are on a tight line. On Side entrances are harder for many dogs - this is definitely a skill you want to have! I liked weaves on the handler's left best - no real reason to get to the other side.
- Slightly Push On the Last Pole toward jump 8.
- Can handle the 270 over 9 and end up on either side of jump 9. Dog on right is probably easiest - the wing of jump 10 isn't in the way - then Push over jump 12. Otherwise run from jump 9 with dog on left to get around the wing of 10 to Push to the tunnel. the entrance to 11 and
- Big dog handlers did best 14-15 to keep their dogs out of the tunnel. Small dog handlers were able to pull and Rear Cross the approach to the teeter.
- Easy-peasy through the weaves.
- I liked backing up through the 18-19 and 19-20 dog on left. Then around in the gap between 20 and 21.
- Dog on left through 22-23.
This course was a lot of fun to run, I hope you try it out and tell me your experiences!