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Midcourse Approach to Jump
* Avoid excessive handler forward motion and sudden
* Most dogs perform their best with you either alongside
or behind them, but not ahead. Unfortunately this is not
always possible if you can't keep pace with your dog. See
* Minimize recalls and run-bys where possible, and maximize
sends. Where appropriate, forward sends and rear crosses
may be a better strategy than landing-side front or blind
crosses for many dogs. See Figure 18.
* Minimize situations that require your dog to converge in
extension where you are moving and ahead of your dog.
Rather than ask your dog to turn inside your path, handle
him so that he is on the outside of your path (pull rather
than push). See Figure 19.
* Turns on the flat (rear, front/blind, or pull) done between
the jumps rather than over the jumps can be helpful to
prevent direct approaches, which can exacerbate ETOs. See
Figure 20. In some cases, turns on the flat may also be used
to control your dog's takeoff distance.
* When cueing your dog to turn over a jump, use early turning cues; consider using verbal cues that indicate direction.
You should not expect your dog to add a stride and collect
when you cue a turn; his takeoff will be early regardless.
Your goal is that he maintains confidence in your cues and
efficient, anticipated turns on landing result.
* When cueing your dog to go straight over a jump, consider
handling from behind and sending your dog ahead using
early verbal cues. Experiment, as some dogs will take off immediately when a verbal cue is used particularly if you are
handling from alongside or ahead of your dog. This is not
favorable with a dog that is already prone to ETOs.
* If your dog is closer to the jump than his typical early takeoff
distance when cued to jump (for example, his ETOs are usually 12' from the jump and he's 8' away when cued), he may
be able to visualize the jump from that location and take
off appropriately. See Figure 21. Where possible, consider
shaping your dog's approach to control his takeoff distance.
Use turns on the flat executed close to the jump on the takeoff side. The closer you both are to the jump, the more likely
your dog will choose an appropriate takeoff. See Figure 22.
* Some dogs may have improved visualization of the jump
when you are stationary and positioned with the jump, nearly in the same plane. In this case, your dog may be able to add
a stride and achieve an appropriate takeoff point. Try facing
your dog with direct eye contact, positioned close to the
jump. Whether on the takeoff or landing side, it is advisable
to stop your dog close to the jump before cueing it. Unfortunately this is not always effective. Some dogs will continue to have difficulty judging the takeoff distance regardless.
See Figure 23.
* Re-establish eye contact with your dog after a tunnel especially in situations where you may not be in your dog's field
of view when he exits. See Figure 24.
* Support jumps or other obstacles that you know may have
increased difficulty for your dog by maintaining eye contact
and a hand signal as well as close proximity.
* Experiment with your handling and your dog's approach to
the tire and triple, and other obstacles (such as the table)
that may be more difficult for him.
* Most dogs perform best on courses with more turns, rather
than those with open and flowing straight lines. When the
class gives you the option to invent your own course, as in
some games classes, choose to handle jumps with shaping,
slices, and landing-side approaches rather than perpendicular approaches, where possible. Take tunnels into consideration in your course plan if jumps before or after them are
a problem for your dog.
hANdLINg MIdCOURSE JUMP APPROAChES
In this example, the black handler's lead-out and handling plan (with
less lead-out distance, less overall motion, and location behind the
dog as much as possible) is more likely to succeed than the orange
handler's plan (long lead-out distance, overall increased motion, and
location ahead of dog).
In this example, the black handler waits on the takeoff side of the jump
for her dog to exit the tunnel. She is next to her dog as he takes jump #6
and then sends him ahead for jump #7, allowing her to wait at jump
#8. Compare to the orange handler whose plan is to run all the way to
#7 and back. The added motion and location ahead of the dog may
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