Clean Run - December 2012 - (Page 12)

This month we go back to some basic turning work using 30-second drills (see CR August 2011 and June 2009). In the past, most of the 30-second drills have used one tunnel and multiple jumps. This time we will use multiple tunnels. Rising Stars Challenges for By Stuart Mah If you are not familiar with 30-second drills, there are several reasons to practice these drills. First is to practice a certain maneuver or skill in multiple, rapid succession over a short time. The skill being emphasized in these particular drills is making tight turns by practicing transitions from handler focus to obstacle focus, or vice versa. Second is to give the handler practice dealing with unexpected results (situational awareness) and staying focused on dealing with the task at hand without stopping to figure it out. The final purpose is to put some pressure on the handler to finish the sequence in a timely fashion rather than just getting through the sequence correctly but taking an inordinate amount of time to complete it. Once again, you will need a timing device that makes a noise at the end of a set time (a kitchen timer or a countdown timer, for example). As with previous 30-second drills, handlers do not stop to fix the sequence if they make a mistake. Instead, handlers need to adapt and adjust their course path quickly as they are moving through the sequence. As always, the purpose of the 30-second drills is to practice skills such as handler focus and turns, and obstacle focus going to tunnels. The actual sequence is not important; the skill underlying the sequence is. Also, as before, the reason for the 30-second time limit is so that the handler learns to switch the dog’s focus as quickly as possible and not merely to get the sequence numerically correct by doing it slowly. Also remember that these sequences are fairly intensive in getting both dog and handler to switch back and forth. Thus, it is important not to try to do all of them in a single training session but to spread them out over a few days. 12 Clean Run | December 12 Exercise 1 There are three tunnels and six jumps in the exercise shown in Figure 1. The sequence is started on one of the nonwinged jumps at the bottom of the drill, with the dog jumping into the triangle made by the four winged jumps and the three tunnels. Once the nonwinged jump is taken the dog must go into the triangle over one of the winged jumps. From inside the triangle 1

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

Clean Run - December 2012
Table of Contents
Editorializing: All Roads
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers: Identify Patterns to Gain Perspective
Challenges for Rising Stars
Power Paws Skills: Front Crosses
Agility Mind Gym: Full Circle
Training a Deaf Dog to Go the Distance
Awesome Paws Drills
Does Gender Matter When Choosing an Agility Dog?
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Overexcited Spectator
10 Games to Play with Dogs That Are Recovering from an Injury
Gait Analysis Helps Diagnose Early Lameness & Improve Performance
The F-Word: Building Resiliency to Failure!
Training with the Stars: Maureen Waldron
Building Blocks: Developing Solutions for Agility Problems
Being a Good Student, Part 2

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