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Dogs manifest early takeoffs (ETOs) in numerous
ways. Adding one or more compressed strides while
approaching a jump ("stuttering"), dropping the head
slightly on approach to the jump ("measuring"), and
having difficulty with spread jumps are common signs,
but the defining trait of ETOs is simply a consistent error in choosing a takeoff point, resulting in a jumping
arc that apexes before the jump bar. That said, many
perfectly normal dogs will occasionally choose to leave
out a stride when the jump spacing does not support
putting that stride in. The difference is that the dog with
ETOs prefers to jump early.
Each dog with ETOs is an individual so you need to
keep complete records. Are there trial locations where
your dog knocks more bars? Feels slower? Seems more
uncomfortable? Be aware of the lighting in the space. Is
the sun at a low angle? Very bright? Is the location very
dark? Will the dog encounter rapid changes from bright
to dark? Is the flooring an unusually uniform color? Making notes of these types of environmental variables will
help you determine how to help your dog the most.
When walking the course, consider the visual picture
presented to your dog. Are there potentially confusing
visual representations? A cluttered background or a
background that is significantly the same as an object in
the foreground? Will the jump bar be difficult for your dog
to see against a background element? Are jumps a predictable distance apart?
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When the run is over compare your notes about areas
of concern to your dog's actual performance. You may
realize your particular dog has little trouble jumping
into "clutter" but has a very difficult time with elongated
spacing.
Being aware of the environment and course elements
and their effect on your dog's jumping effort will allow
you to determine which of the handling strategies to use
from Linda Mecklenburg's article, "Everything You Need
to Know About Early Takeoffs," on page 7.
Experiment with your dog; adopt the strategies that help,
abandon those that do not. With ETOs, as with all things,
dogs are individuals. The handling that helps one dog
may not help another.
Experiment with your dog's single-stride jumping distance from a sit-stay. Note the distance and always
start the dog from that location. Experiment with a
standing position, a sit, and a down. Which works best
for your dog?
Dogs with ETOs sometimes focus ahead on a line, appearing to ignore the handler, despite verbal prompting
and the handler's location. Dogs do not as a rule "blow
off" handler input. Give your dog the benefit of the doubt.
Avoid correcting your dog or giving your dog negative
feedback for off course mistakes. Again, if your dog
seems to "lock on" to lines make notes and keep the
course maps. If you can politely pace off spacing after
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