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Every sport has some kind of footwork, agility included. Unfortunately, footwork is not given very much attention. Footwork for front crosses is very important. Proper footwork for a front cross can get you through a course more fluidly, with fewer steps, and even take a few seconds off your time. Proper footwork can also better cue your dog for the next obstacle. Most importantly, good footwork can prevent injury. Unfortunately, knee injuries are increasingly common in agility, but can sometimes be prevented by improving footwork. Figure 2 illustrates a forward motion front cross or a front cross on the flat. Pretend you need to get to the other side of the dogwalk to handle a tricky part of the course. You will need to do a front cross, but there is really not an obstacle to front cross; you are doing a front cross “on the flat” between #2 and #3. 2 2 3 1 Forward Motion Front Cross Since there is not an obstacle where you are doing your front cross, you will need to take that same small step “away” from the dogwalk. It doesn’t matter what angle your front cross is or the obstacle you are making your front cross at (weaves, contact, or tunnel), that one step is always the same. It’s very easy to practice this step. First stand in front of a jump with your feet shoulder-width apart, knees slightly bent. Now, on the ball of each foot, push side to side like a tennis player. Do you feel the spring in your step? This is how pushing out of a front cross should feel. The more incorrect your foot plant, the less power and spring you will feel. Now, at the same jump, put your feet together and take a small hop toward the jump, turning and planting your right foot parallel to the jump on the ball of your foot, and push. When you plant your right foot, your right shoulder should be facing the jump, the left shoulder opposite. Do this several times. Remember to practice this on the other side. Then try the front crosses shown in the diagrams. Start slow and gradually go faster. Once you think you have it, try it with your dog. Also, when you are at a trial, after you are done walking the course for your dog, remember the sections of the course where you are making a front cross and practice your step and push off. The more you practice your front crosses like this at all angles, the more naturally they will come to you on course. D Karen Holik has been involved in agility for over 20 years. She is an 8-time AKC/USA World Team Member and 4-time National Champion, including Silver Medalist at the FCI World Championships. She can be contacted through www.oncourseagility.com Eric Bobkowski is a personal trainer currently residing in Brandon, Florida. He offers private/group lessons and can be contacted through www.oncourseagility.com. 62 Clean Run | July 12 http://www.oncourseagility.com http://www.oncourseagility.com

Clean Run - July 2012

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

Clean Run - July 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Children at Agility Trials
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The History of the Virtual Agility League
Agility Mind Gym: See Success
Agility After Joint Replacement
Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Not Your Normal Agility Dog
Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
Chute Straight
Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Clean Run - July 2012 - Clean Run - July 2012
Clean Run - July 2012 - 2
Clean Run - July 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - July 2012 - 4
Clean Run - July 2012 - Editorializing: Children at Agility Trials
Clean Run - July 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - July 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - July 2012 - Backyard Dogs
Clean Run - July 2012 - 9
Clean Run - July 2012 - 10
Clean Run - July 2012 - The History of the Virtual Agility League
Clean Run - July 2012 - 12
Clean Run - July 2012 - 13
Clean Run - July 2012 - 14
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: See Success
Clean Run - July 2012 - 16
Clean Run - July 2012 - 17
Clean Run - July 2012 - Agility After Joint Replacement
Clean Run - July 2012 - 19
Clean Run - July 2012 - 20
Clean Run - July 2012 - 21
Clean Run - July 2012 - 22
Clean Run - July 2012 - Power Paws Drills: On the Diagonal
Clean Run - July 2012 - 24
Clean Run - July 2012 - 25
Clean Run - July 2012 - 26
Clean Run - July 2012 - 27
Clean Run - July 2012 - Higher Than a Kite: Training the Over-Aroused Agility Dog
Clean Run - July 2012 - 29
Clean Run - July 2012 - 30
Clean Run - July 2012 - 31
Clean Run - July 2012 - 32
Clean Run - July 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Clean Run - July 2012 - Not Your Normal Agility Dog
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 36
Clean Run - July 2012 - 37
Clean Run - July 2012 - 38
Clean Run - July 2012 - Building Blocks: Building Hands-on Confidence and Control
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 41
Clean Run - July 2012 - 42
Clean Run - July 2012 - Principles of Self-control on the Agility Course
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 45
Clean Run - July 2012 - 46
Clean Run - July 2012 - Chute Straight
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 49
Clean Run - July 2012 - 50
Clean Run - July 2012 - 51
Clean Run - July 2012 - Small Dog vs. Large Dog Handling
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 55
Clean Run - July 2012 - 56
Clean Run - July 2012 - I Decided to Be Happy... and Then I Was! Tips on How to Get a New Attitude
Clean Run - July 2012 - 58
Clean Run - July 2012 - 59
Clean Run - July 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Front Crosses
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Clean Run - July 2012 - 62
Clean Run - July 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
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