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ur Snoo ning Yoto Bypass ker Skill: Obstac Sharpe ur Dog Yo Teach les By Stuart Mah The game of Snooker, as with all agility games, has its roots in teaching a specific type of agility skill. The skill required in Snooker is to have the dog move with or to you without taking an obstacle until directed. This comes in very handy when you have to bypass one or more obstacles in moving, say, from a red obstacle to the 7-point obstacle and bypass several obstacles on the way. Suppose though, that you don’t ever intend to play Snooker? What possible reason would you have to teach a skill like bypassing an obstacle? Let’s look at an example where this skill would be very helpful on a Standard agility course. In Figure 1, the A-frame to the jump feeds the dog directly to the right end of the tunnel. The correct course, however, is the left end of the tunnel, so you have to keep the dog off the right end. Often, handlers will try to move laterally or rotate to the left in an attempt to pull the dog off the wrong end of the tunnel. While this may keep the dog off the wrong end, it also pulls the dog away from the correct end and pres1 5 ents jump #6 as an option. Now you are faced with a possible off-course or refusal as illustrated in Figure 2. What if you could move cleanly and directly to the correct end of the tunnel without having to resort to overrotating, pulling away laterally, or stopping? As seen in Figure 3, having the dog run with you and bypass the off-course tunnel entrance gives the dog a direct line to the correct tunnel entrance and lessens the possibility of an off-course or refusal. 2 5 3 5 6 4 6 4 6 4 3 3 3 24 Clean Run | June 11

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

Clean Run - June 2011
Editorializing: When Did Agility Become About Looks?
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
Building and Balancing Handler and Obstacle Focus, Part 3
Sharpening Your Snooker Skill: Teach Your Dog to Bypass Obstacles
Lameness in Agility Dogs
Confessions of a Gambling Addict, Part 2: Planning the Opening
AKC’s New Kid on the Block: Time 2 Beat
Challenges for Rising Stars
Intervertebral Disc Disease in the Canine Athlete
Challenges at CR Central
FOCUS and Impulse-control Classes: Week 2
Ready, Set, Trial! Walk, then Run
Tips for Training Running Contacts, Part 1
When is Good Enough Enough?
Agility Bloopers

Clean Run - June 2011