Clean Run - March 2011 - (Page 44)

By Nancy Gyes Long Way, Short Way drills Whatever your venue or your game, at times you will need to make a determination about which path or direction to take your dog on the course. You should always consider the dog’s path first, then apply whatever handling method works best for you to take the dog on that path. Greg Derrett’s “decision making” refers to the guidelines you might use in choosing which direction to take the dog on course: Where you are coming from, where you are going to, and the shortest distance to the next obstacle will influence the dog path you choose. 1 7 Going the long or logical path for the dog is often the fastest way to complete a sequence. But I know after years of teaching there are some dogs that can roll around a jump wing very quickly, so the longer path is not the fastest for the team. You need to understand the benefits of taking a dog on a certain path and how his execution of the jump, his path before and after, and the number of strides he needs to take will affect how much time it takes him to complete the sequence. A dog often needs to take many more strides to wrap around a jump in a direction that goes against the flow than he needs to take if he uses the straightforward path. Videotaping, timing, and practice turning the dog both with and against the flow of the dog’s path are helpful to educate yourself about which path is best for your dog. Choosing correctly can greatly affect your final course time, and hence, your qualification on that course and/or your placement in the class. Many examples in this article show how to compare paths and mea- 1A Push 6 through SRP 6 6 7 2 7 TH 5 5 5 FC 4 4 3 TH 2 2 3 FC 2 1 1 Handle this drill the first time in this way: Dog on left #1 to #2. Threadle through to #3 and again to #4. Take dog to right on #4 and do a front cross to the weaves. Serpentine and push through to #7 with dog on right. 44 Same drill. Start the same way with the threadle through to #3. Do a front cross from #3 to #4 and take dog to left on #4. Use a threadle cue to the weaves if needed, then do a rear cross at the weaves and threadle through to #7. Clean Run | March 11 1 TH 3 4 RC

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - March 2011

Clean Run - March 2011
Editorializing: Go Get the Dog
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Who Needs a Training Partner?
Difficult Students, Difficult Dogs, Happy Endings
Ready, Set, Trial! Volunteering at Agility Trials
The Breeders Behind the Dogs
Working on Stimulus Control
Teaching FOCUS and Impulse-Control Classes: Introduction
Power Paws Drills: Long Way, Short Way
Help for Heel Pain: The Facts About Plantar Fasciitis, Part 1
Hydrotherapy for the Canine Athlete
Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Seminar Dollar
When Pigs Fly: You Can Do It
You Know Your Dog Is Aggressive If... Part 5
Want the Best Training Results? Then Play!
Challenges for Rising Stars

Clean Run - March 2011