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3 17 T 7 D-R 18 16 6 D-L 19 15 D-L 14 D-R 4 13 12 8 D-L 9 5 D-R 11 a front or rear cross for the side changes. Look for a place on the course where you might do two front crosses in a row, one before and one after an obstacle, and consider whether push/serpentine handling could replace the two front crosses. In some places on course, your front or rear cross helps you to indicate the direction change. Think about how to cue the rest of the turns that do not have a change of side. Some ways that we indicate turns without side changes are verbal cues, including directional cues Left and Right, and collection cues like using the dog’s name. You might also turn your shoulders, move laterally, do a reverse flow pivot, or decelerate. Identify and then memorize the handling position you will be in when your dog completes any given obstacle. Mark the course map with the position you will move to while the dog is executing independent obstacles like contacts, weaves, and tunnels. Look for places on the course where you have a forward or lateral send (a Go On or Out) and locate the spot you will be in when your dog completes the send to that obstacle. Identify the “logical” obstacles on your dog’s direct path to another obstacle that you should not have to “work.” These obstacles should take care of themselves if your dog is trained to take everything on his direct path. If you cannot decide which obstacle is logical, consider what handling you would use to keep your dog off the obstacle. If you decide it would take a lot of effort to keep your dog off the obstacle, then you should not have to do much to cue the dog to do that obstacle. While Walking the Course Quickly walk the entire course. Read every number cone and notice on which side of the jump it is placed. Notice if the course is built the same as it is drawn on paper. If you have time, change your course map to reflect any changes to the actual course so once you leave the field you can look at it on paper and recreate your handling plan. 10 20 D-L 3 2 D-R 1 The blue lines show a possible handler path if you start with your dog without a leadout on the inside of the arc and then move to the inside of each subsequent arc. In some cases the handler position could indicate either a front or a rear cross. The handler path is shown as dog on right side (D-R) or dog on left side (D-L). 4 17 T 7 12 18 16 6 8 11 19 15 4 20 14 10 13 9 5 3 2 1 If you have not yet memorized the course from the map, you need to do so now. You can use different techniques, like memorizing the course by the small sequences; for example, a two-jump leadout, a three-jump pinwheel to the right, four jumps in a large arc to the left, tunnel, then straight to a 180, three jumps in a zigzag line to the weaves, and so on. Some handlers prefer to memorize the course backward. I like to use numbers of obstacles and look for short patterns that are distinct in my mind like a picture. Don’t start making handling plans until you have walked the full course. Look at the straight lines between each obstacle by walking the dog’s path to examine what your dog will see as in Figure 4. Visualize where your dog will land after the jumps, and where he will be when he completes an obstacle. How much momentum your dog carries into a turn determines how quickly he responds to your turn command and how tight he can turn. On paper, the traps may not have looked like potential off-courses, but because of the way the course was built they are now major handling spots. Look for places where you need to decelerate, lines where you need to accelerate and sprint, and places where you can send and then later pick up your dog. Walk the changes of side that you planned and decide if they will be front or rear crosses now that you have the obstacles in front of you. Always consider the last handling maneuver you must make on course very early in your plans for executing a change of side. If you absolutely must do a front cross between #18 and #19, then the rear cross you considered at #16 to #17 may no longer work. Sometimes you will need to make the final Clean Run | September 09 The green arrows show the obstacles your dog might be looking at if you do not indicate a turn, a line, or how close to you the dog should be while moving along a path. At #1, the dog is not looking toward the seesaw unless you set a straighter line to that obstacle with your lead-out. At #2, there are no obstacles to draw your dog’s attention until he turns; then possibly the tunnel will be what he is looking at. At #3, your dog might see the tunnel or dogwalk. At #4, your dog could see both jump #10 and the chute. At #5, your dog is pointed toward #8/#12. At #6, your dog sees the table. At #7, the correct jump may be prominent, but even the wrong end of the chute could draw your dog’s eye. What your dog sees depends on the turn you can indicate at the previous obstacle. If you take a wide turn at #7, your dog will not be looking toward #9 when he jumps #8. At #9, your dog might see the back of #10. The dog’s attention at #10 depends on which direction you turn there. At #11, your dog is facing the spread as he exits the chute. At #12, your dog may see the weaves. From #13 to #14 is a straight line, but if you handle the dogwalk on your right, your dog’s attention may be drawn toward the closer off- course tunnel entrance. On exiting the #14 tunnel your dog is pointed toward the dogwalk. At #15, your dog sees the table and #18. At #16, your dog may look at the weaves. At #17 and #18, your dog is facing out of the ring, but does not see #19 unless you turn him at jump #18. At #19, your dog sees yet one more off-course at the tunnel. 48

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run Magazine - September 2009

Clean Run Magazine - September 2009
Contents
Editorializing: The Finger of Blame
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
When Pigs Fly: The Ins and Outs of Serpentines, Part 3
Trainer’s Forum
Can You Handle It?
My Favorite Course
Shelter Champs: Auggie
To Stretch or Not To Stretch?
Comparing the Derrett and Mecklenburg Handling Systems, Part 7: Serpentines
Distance Challenge
Power Course Analysis
Foundation Fundamentals : Delegating Distance
Motion Discrimination
Training Dogs to Work with Physically Limited Handlers
Power Paws Drills: Inside/Outside Loop Drills
Hope: Our First Year
Jenny’s Guide to Successful Teamwork: Front and Blind Crosses, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Clean Run Magazine - September 2009
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 2
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Contents
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 4
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Editorializing: The Finger of Blame
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 9
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 10
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 11
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - When Pigs Fly: The Ins and Outs of Serpentines, Part 3
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 13
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 14
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 15
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 16
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 17
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 18
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Trainer’s Forum
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 20
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 21
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 22
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Can You Handle It?
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 24
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 25
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 26
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - My Favorite Course
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Shelter Champs: Auggie
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 29
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 30
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - To Stretch or Not To Stretch?
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 32
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 33
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 34
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 35
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Comparing the Derrett and Mecklenburg Handling Systems, Part 7: Serpentines
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 37
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 38
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 39
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 40
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 41
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 42
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Distance Challenge
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 44
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 45
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Power Course Analysis
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 47
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 48
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 49
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 50
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Foundation Fundamentals : Delegating Distance
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 52
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 53
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 54
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 55
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 56
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 57
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 58
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Motion Discrimination
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 60
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 61
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 62
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 63
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Training Dogs to Work with Physically Limited Handlers
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 65
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 66
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 67
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 68
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Power Paws Drills: Inside/Outside Loop Drills
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 70
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 71
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 72
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Hope: Our First Year
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 74
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - Jenny’s Guide to Successful Teamwork: Front and Blind Crosses, Part 1
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 76
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 77
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 78
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 79
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 80
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 81
Clean Run Magazine - September 2009 - 82
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