Clean Run - November 2012 - (Page 24)

Many students can come to class and execute a sequence when the instructor gives them ideas on how to handle it. Many times in class situations we only have time to execute a sequence in one particular way. In reality, there is usually more than one way that sequences can be efficiently and effectively executed. I do believe that to be the best competitor you can be, when you see a sequence in competition, rather than fret about how to get through it you should have several different ways to do it in your toolbox. Then, you can choose the one that best fits the situation or the dog’s best skills. ’s in What Your Toolbox? By Mary Ellen Barry To decide which skill is the dog’s best, it is important to learn how he reacts to your different cues. This allows us to better plan our training and competition handling choices. I expect to be able to run my dog in any of the manners presented below; but I am usually better able to predict my dog’s reactions to various strategies based on our having rehearsed several different strategies. In training, I try to plan to increase our skills on any weaknesses; while in competition, I tend to choose strategies that I know we are stronger on when I need a clean run. The following sequences are meant to be done with all of the handling strategies presented. The only way to increase the skills in your toolbox is to try all of the options, even if some of them are outside of your comfort zone. I recognize that some of the choices presented may be for options that you currently do not want in your toolbox (such as blind crosses). However, I do highly encourage working through all the options presented and feel free to try some others that I haven’t presented. The exercise, shown in Figure 1, is inspired from the Steeplechase Finals course designed by Dave Grubel for the USDAA North Central Regional Championships. Choices from #1 to #3 1 6 3 4 2 5 1 • Lead out part way with your dog on your left and decelerate as your dog approaches #3 • Lead out with your dog on your left to #3 and show no motion as your dog approaches #3 • Lead out part way with your dog on your right and show lateral motion into your dog (i.e., rear cross) at jump #3 24 Clean Run | November 12

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - November 2012

Clean Run - November 2012
Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Backyard Dogs
The Four Agreements
Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Being a Good Student, Part 1
Analyze This!
Tips for Weave Pole Entries
Not a Practice Dog Anymore
The 2-Minute Warm-up
The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
What Is a Ketschker Turn?
Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out

Clean Run - November 2012