Clean Run - May 2013 - 51

By Nancy Gyes

Timing Turns

We all wish we could have perfect timing on course with our dogs. If you are
like me you have some incredible runs
in your memory, maybe from a practice
session or training camp where you received all the right input to help you consider the timing for each turn. Maybe it
was one of these elusive perfect runs in
competition where it all just clicked and
you felt in perfect synch with your dog.
If you are trying to recreate those
moments so that they happen almost
every time you train or compete with
your dog, you will need to spend some
training sessions on and off throughout
your career where you think first and
foremost about the timing of each and
every verbal and physical cue you give
to your dog.
Use some simple patterns like the circle in this setup, or a big U, or a simple
alphabet drill to practice watching your
dog take off and land each jump and
practice when you will give information
to your dog.
1

If you can train yourself to be able to
cue over a jump, or before a jump, or
as soon as your dog lands, then you
can decide what timing works best for
you and your dog inside of your own
handling system. Stride length and dog
speed are two of the most important
considerations for when to cue your
dog to turn or to go on. Each time your
dog adds an unnecessary stride on the
ground it will cost you time. If you collect up your dog for too many strides
before a jump, you may get a tight turn
but at a time cost. If you are late giving
your cue, your dog may jump too long
and cost you time on the landing of the
jump. Many problems are created by
late execution of cues. Your dog may
go off course, fall on his face because
of the late information, or pull a bar in
his effort to respond.
Ideally we want to keep the dog in full,
long strides until just a moment before
he needs to turn in order to have him
collect up just the right amount. That

2

is the biggest trick in agility—to keep
enough forward momentum to be competitive and cue enough collection to
help the turns. Every dog needs a different amount of collection and turning information; you need to pick the correct
amount and correct timing for your dog.
The first exercises this month, see
Figures 1-5, are simple circle drills
where your only focus is on giving your
cue when you want to give it. Never
tell yourself not to be late, instead tell
yourself exactly when you want to give
your physical or verbal information; for
example, “I will tell my dog to go to the
next obstacle when his feet are touching the ground just after completing
the prior obstacle.”
Editor's Note: A video showing Nancy demonstrating this timing exercise is available at www.cleanrun.
com/index.cfm?fuseaction=feature.
display&feature_id=291 or you can
go to the Magazine Forum page at
cleanrun.com and select Videos.
3

Hup!

Hup!

Hup!
Hup!

Hup!

Hup!
Hup!

Send your dog around the circle on
both your right and left sides. Try to
notice where your dog takes off for
each jump. Keep pace with your dog,
moving as fast or slow as needed to
keep your dog moving around the
circle smoothly.
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Now you're ready for the first test. As
your dog is at the apex (highest point)
of his arc at each jump, give some
kind of verbal forward cue. You can
use your jumping cue, like "Over" or
"Hup," or you can use "Go" or "Go
on." The word is not important as long
as it does not disturb your dog's
forward progress around the circle.

Hup!

Now I want you to change when you
give your verbal to change as your
Now I want you cue. Just when you
dog's front feet are landing the jump,
give your verbal cue. Just as your
give your go-on or jumping cue. You
dog's front feet are landing the jump,
can give these cues quietly so they
give your go-on or jumping cue. You
don't really interfere with what your
can give these cues quietly so they
dog is doing on the circle. The goal is
don't really interfere with what your
to watch your dog as he progresses
dog is circle, and practice being able
on the doing on the circle. The goal is
to watch your dog cues progresses
to give your verbalas he and/or your
on the cues and practice being
motion circle,anytime you want. able
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Clean Run - May 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Clean Run - May 2013

Clean Run - May 2013
Contents
Reflections from a Novice Handler or What I Have Learned from My Dogs
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
So You’ve Got a Small Dog Now
Training to Your Strengths
The Judge’s Debriefing
Front Cross Footwork
Club Games to Light the Competitive Fires
The 10-Minute Trainer
Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 2
Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 3
How to Choose Your Best Agility Instructor
4 Easy Steps to Getting More Accomplished When You Train
Carpal Hyperextension Injuries
Power Paws Drills: Timing Turns
Ultimate Instructors: Lesson Planning & Foundation, Part 2
Busting the Myths: Too Slow for Your Dog?
I Know That’s Not the Way You’re Supposed to Handle This, But…
Training with the Stars: Amanda Nelson
Clean Run - May 2013 - Clean Run - May 2013
Clean Run - May 2013 - 2
Clean Run - May 2013 - Contents
Clean Run - May 2013 - 4
Clean Run - May 2013 - Reflections from a Novice Handler or What I Have Learned from My Dogs
Clean Run - May 2013 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - May 2013 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - May 2013 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - May 2013 - 9
Clean Run - May 2013 - 10
Clean Run - May 2013 - So You’ve Got a Small Dog Now
Clean Run - May 2013 - 12
Clean Run - May 2013 - 13
Clean Run - May 2013 - 14
Clean Run - May 2013 - 15
Clean Run - May 2013 - 16
Clean Run - May 2013 - 17
Clean Run - May 2013 - Training to Your Strengths
Clean Run - May 2013 - 19
Clean Run - May 2013 - The Judge’s Debriefing
Clean Run - May 2013 - 21
Clean Run - May 2013 - Front Cross Footwork
Clean Run - May 2013 - 23
Clean Run - May 2013 - 24
Clean Run - May 2013 - 25
Clean Run - May 2013 - Club Games to Light the Competitive Fires
Clean Run - May 2013 - 27
Clean Run - May 2013 - 28
Clean Run - May 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
Clean Run - May 2013 - 30
Clean Run - May 2013 - 31
Clean Run - May 2013 - 32
Clean Run - May 2013 - Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 2
Clean Run - May 2013 - 34
Clean Run - May 2013 - 35
Clean Run - May 2013 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Teaching Verbal Directional Commands, Part 3
Clean Run - May 2013 - 37
Clean Run - May 2013 - 38
Clean Run - May 2013 - 39
Clean Run - May 2013 - How to Choose Your Best Agility Instructor
Clean Run - May 2013 - 41
Clean Run - May 2013 - 4 Easy Steps to Getting More Accomplished When You Train
Clean Run - May 2013 - 43
Clean Run - May 2013 - 44
Clean Run - May 2013 - 45
Clean Run - May 2013 - Carpal Hyperextension Injuries
Clean Run - May 2013 - 47
Clean Run - May 2013 - 48
Clean Run - May 2013 - 49
Clean Run - May 2013 - 50
Clean Run - May 2013 - Power Paws Drills: Timing Turns
Clean Run - May 2013 - 52
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Clean Run - May 2013 - 55
Clean Run - May 2013 - 56
Clean Run - May 2013 - Ultimate Instructors: Lesson Planning & Foundation, Part 2
Clean Run - May 2013 - 58
Clean Run - May 2013 - Busting the Myths: Too Slow for Your Dog?
Clean Run - May 2013 - 60
Clean Run - May 2013 - I Know That’s Not the Way You’re Supposed to Handle This, But…
Clean Run - May 2013 - 62
Clean Run - May 2013 - Training with the Stars: Amanda Nelson
Clean Run - May 2013 - 64
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