Clean Run - March 2013 - (Page 18)

Gnarly Rears By Nancy Gyes 1 2 6 3 5 4 4 3 RC RC RC 3 5 TH RC 2 2 6 7 8 1 1 Start with a very short lead-out so that you do not over-run your dog at the rear cross. You need to create a turn before #2 toward #3. Turn your shoulders toward #3. As soon as your dog is on the path to #3, start moving toward the right wing of #3 to do the rear. Do another rear cross from #4 to #5. 4 4 7 6 3 RC RC RC 8 5 2 9 1 There are three rear crosses in this drill. After a short lead-out do a rear cross from #2 to #3, then from #5 to #6, and finally from #7 to #8. Be patient on the cross from #5 to #6. You might travel deeper into the pinwheel so that you don't cut the corner and end up standing still. 18 This drill begins the same as the last drill but has one of those pesky rearcross threadles from #3 to #4. After the rear cross at #3, threadle your dog through the gap and send him out to #5. Then get into position for a rear cross from #5 to #6 as shown. Patience grasshopper! Don't push your dog off #6. In last month’s article my focus was on rear crosses and I just couldn’t stop myself from continuing the subject matter this month. Nowadays we seem to focus a lot of attention in training on the skills to get us ahead of our dog (like front crosses and serpentines) as well as collection cues to get our dogs to turn tight. The skills of cutting corners, getting ahead, and collecting our dogs won’t help our dogs when the time comes for us to execute a rear cross. times when you need to tell your dog to go ahead of you and you need to wait until he passes you by before you step behind his path. We neither want to over-run our dogs and stop all forward movement toward an obstacle, nor do we want to hang back and fall behind on course. You never want to get caught in sidechange limbo; like being too far forward to execute a good rear cross, and yet not far enough forward to do a good front cross. Doing rear crosses takes patience; there are The solution is rear cross training and embracing the rear cross as an important and viable form of changing sides that we all need in our handling tool box. Many dogs need to be rewarded over and over again during training— not just in the beginning stages of teaching the rear cross, but randomly in every training session throughout their career. We need to reward the forward motion our dogs make toClean Run | March 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2013

Clean Run - March 2013
Editorializing: Would You Treat a Dog Like That?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 1
Power Paws Drills: Gnarly Rears
Ultimate Instructors: What Makes a Really Good Instructor?
Can You Handle It?
Head-Turning Turns, Part 3
The 10-Minute Trainer
Busting the Myths: Set Goals? Or Just Enjoy the Moment?
Out Spot Out! Five Required Skills for Successful Distance Work
Living Room Agility: Front & Rear Crosses
Nutrition for the Canine Athlete, Part 2
Puppy Agility Games, Part 1
Training with the Stars: Greg Derrett
The Judge’s Debriefing
Foundation Jumping, Part 1

Clean Run - March 2013