Moving Towards Mastery: 14 Layouts to Challenge Your Handling

16 Feb 2016Steve Schwarz

As I mentioned in my previous article: “Move Obstacles to Challenge Your Handling”, you can take any sequence and move the jumps (along with their numbers) to change the handling challenges. It’s still the same sequence but now you’ve got a new course with new handling challenges!

I think this is such a great way to push your training, especially in a small space, that I spent the past week updating the software on the agilitycourses.com website to automatically create 14 different Jump Box The Jump Box in Course DesignBox/Hobday Box/Jump Box/Jump SquareJump Box DrillsDo It Yourself Box Jump SequencesDouble Box Sequence GeneratorJump Box Drill GeneratorDouble Box SequencesNew Jump Box Sequence GeneratorStar Box Sequence GeneratorStar Box Sequences layouts for every jump Box sequence!

Imagine you selected the skills you wanted to practice or made up your own sequence and ended up with this Box sequence:

Basic box jump sequence

The obvious challenges are moving the jumps as far apart as your practice space allows and then moving them to minimum jump distances. The website does that for you, it generates the same layouts with larger and minimum spacing between the jumps:

Basic box jump sequence

By the way I don’t put distances on the sequences for this very reason; when you change the distances between jumps anywhere between 15 feet (5m) and 30 feet (9m) you’ll find the challenges change along with the distances! But if you need distances I default to 20 feet (6m) between jumps in the basic box layout and the other layouts are shown in a 40 foot by 40 foot (12m by 12m) space so they aren’t too small to read. Always adjust the layouts for safety!

The next variations move the side jumps up and down while leaving the top/bottom jumps changes 270 270 Degree Jump SequenceBack Side Entry to 270/Training Opportunity - VideoHandling 270 Degree Jump Sequencess to Back Sides Back Side/Back Side JumpHandling the Quad Back Side - Patrick Bucher Course/VideoThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesBack Side of Jump Handling Combinations - Video and you’ll be moving to get there too!

Basic box jump sequence

The next variation moves the top and bottom jumps to the right or left and changes some 270s to long Back Sides and others to Threadles Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesTraditional Threadle HandlingSingle Sided Threadle Handling:

Basic box jump sequence

Moving the top and bottom jumps to the opposites sides makes a “stair step” like layout. This changes the simple straight lines between the top and bottom jumps into great Snooker practice!

Basic box jump sequence

Next the website slides the jumps so they line up on the center of each bar; giving a good Jump Wrap Jump Wrap/WrapHandling 360 Jump Wraps aka "Over and Over" - VideoJump Wrap Handling TipsJump Wrap Handling - With Video workout:

Basic box jump sequence

We’re still not done… It next rotates the top and bottom jumps make sure you add in some Threadle Threadle SequenceMary Ellen Barry on Threadle HandlingThe Connection Between Threadles and Back SidesTraditional Threadle HandlingSingle Sided Threadle Handlings:

Basic box jump sequence

Lastly the top and bottom jumps are both rotated and slid to the same side to work a wide range of skills:

Basic box jump sequence

Here is link to this example page with the layouts and sixteen different dog paths through the sequence that you could work on.

Use the agilitycourses.com Box page to find or create your own practice sequences!

I’ll keep saying it: by moving the obstacles around with the same sequence it will push you out of your comfort zone, you won’t just find a different sequence with challenges you know how to handle. It’ll have you combine handling “moves” in ways you haven’t tried before, and make you really think about how you are going to handle it.

I hope you have as much fun training with these new layouts as I did creating them for you!

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