Class Course: Wrap Your Head Around This

03 Aug 2011Steve Schwarz

My course from last night at For Your K-9 is on the more technical side featuring Serpentines Serpentine SequenceSerpentine Handling Techniques, Threadles Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesTraditional Threadle HandlingSingle Sided Threadle Handling and a generous helping of Jump Wraps Jump Wrap/WrapHandling 360 Jump Wraps aka "Over and Over" - VideoJump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap Handling - With Video. It ran fast and smoothly for handlers driving ahead giving timely cues…

Course Setup

I had my Intermediate group run 1-13 so they could get some contact work in and we could refresh their Serpentine and Threadle handling skills. The Advanced class ran the whole course and both groups ran the white and black variations. There was some grumbling about 14-18 but after the second run everyone was making it look beautiful.

Here are some handling thoughts:

  • 1-3 dog on handler's left as a Single Sided Serpentine and Front Cross Front CrossLearning the Front Cross the weave approach
  • or 1-3 dog on handler's right and Rear Cross Rear CrossLearning the Rear Cross on the flat before 3. This gives some good practice opportunities:
    • Rear Cross the weave approach
    • drive in to still get the Front Cross before the weaves
    • Front or Rear Crossing the end of the weaves
  • Dog on right around to the end of the dog walk
  • Front Cross the exit and drive forward to show motion past the off course tunnel entrance or Shoulder Pull Post Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot TurnLearning the Post Turn and Rear Cross once past the off course tunnel.
  • Single Sided Threadle either rotating forward and Rear Crossing on the flat before 12 or stay moving backward over 11 and Shoulder Pull around 12.
  • Get moving and Front Cross Jump Wrap 14 and 15
  • Drive forward and Shoulder Pull around 16 dog on right
  • Front Cross Jump Wrap of 17 kept dogs from going wide and gave them a better line to 18. Alternately, "throw"/send the dog to 17 so they jump collected and shoulder pull to 18.
  • Handler either side of jump 18 and either side of 20 worked just as well.

This was a good one! I hope you try it and report back.

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