Post Turn/Shoulder Pull/Pivot Turn
27 Jan 2006
The Post Turn, Shoulder Pull, or Pivot Turn is one of the basic agility handling maneuvers. The Post Turn is used to turn a dog with the dog staying on the same side of the handler throughout the turn. The handler remains in primarily the same location on the course but rotates (pivots) about that location.
The Post Turn may be used to turn a dog On The Flat or through a series of jumps. The Post Turn is one technique that can be used in handling 90, 180, and degree jump layouts, as well as Pin Wheels. Each of these scenarios are shown in diagrams below, where the little handler stays in one location and his arm is shown in multiple locations as he turns through the maneuver.
|Post Turn 90||Post Turn 180|
|Post Turn 270||Post Turn Pin Wheel|
Of course trainers and handlers don’t always stay in exactly the same position as they rotate. Depending on the obstacle layout, the handlers may take a couple steps as they rotate the dog around them.