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Triple-bar spread jumps remain a problem; even double-bar
spreads, including those that are ascending, are difficult for
some dogs. As a test case, if just one bar is placed on the highest cups at the back of manufactured triple-bar jump standards,
it is not uncommon for a dog with ETOs to misjudge where to
take off, and knock that back bar. The problem is not due to
lack of jumping power; the dog simply doesn't recognize the
location of the highest point of the jump. See Figure 5. Some
manufactured triple-bar jump standards in the USA are particularly difficult for small dogs because the jump bars are recessed
within the side supports, making the front edge of the jump
more prominent. See Figures 6 and 7. Most dogs with ETOs do
not have trouble with the long jump, but some dogs do.
Electronic timers placed in front of the first jump become the
forwardmost element of a jump, potentially causing takeoff judgment errors. These may be placed on either side of
a jump at the start and finish lines, and may also be found
midcourse if the start or finish jump is taken during the run
as well. See Figure 8. (For more information, see Chapter 9 in
Mastering Jumping Skills, Vol. 1).

Handlers of dogs with ETOs typically report that straight, perpendicular approaches to the jumps exacerbate the problem.
Although dogs with ETOs have a shorter landing distance, because of the power needed for the long takeoff distance they
may land with forward momentum, making an immediate turn
on landing difficult. They may also have trouble jumping with
convergence, particularly with extension (convergence occurs
when you cue your dog to jump toward you and turn inside
your path or into a space restricted by your body on landing).
Many dogs perform better with a landing-side approach, parallel approach (slice), or on a curve. Consequently, courses with
backsides, threadles, and slices rather than those with generous spacing and flow may favor some dogs with ETOs.

A

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5

Dogs prone to ETOs often knock the first bar on course. The confusing presence of the timers in front of the jump can be compounded by other complicating factors, including handler location or motion ahead of the dog. A spread jump with timers at the
start line combined with a handler lead-out is not an easy combination for a dog with ETOs. Of course, all dogs may be affected by
these factors, causing them to knock the first bar, but dogs with
vision problems will not improve with training and experience.

B

This dog misjudged her takeoff point and her arc is centered over the front edge of the jump, not the bar. As a result her descent is early and she
knocks the bar.

6

Early takeoff (ETO) is the term used
to describe when the dog's takeoff distance
to a jump is inappropriately long, so that his
jumping arc is centered before the bar and
his landing distance is comparatively short.
With a one-piece triple-bar spread standard, the dog may focus on the
forwardmost edge of the jump (green dashed line). When set for small
dogs, the problem is exacerbated because the bars are recessed into
the jump.
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