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Begin with three jumps set in an offset
serpentine as shown in Figure 3. The
jumps are aligned so that the dog sees
a straight line through all three jumps.
Release the dog and step toward the
dog’s path to jump #1. After you send
the dog to the first jump, maintain a
line parallel to the jumps, keeping your
shoulders toward the dog to support
him over jump #1. Turn your shoulders away from the dog to bring him
over jump #2. As soon as the dog commits to jump #2, immediately use your
shoulder pressure to push him out to
jump #3. Mark and reward the successful completion of the serpentine.

3

1

2

3

Set up an angled serpentine first
so that the dog sees a straight
line through the jumps.

4

1

As the dog becomes more proficient at
the serpentine, begin to turn the jumps
so that they eventually form a straight
line. As you move farther away from the
jumps, the dog’s line to the first jump
becomes closer to 90° and you have to
face the path between the dog and jump
#1. As soon as the dog commits to jump
#1, turn and maintain a line parallel to
the serpentine. See Figure 4 for the
correct positioning to handle a serpentine at a distance.
Troubleshooting Serpentines
The most common issues with independent serpentines include the dog coming
to the handler after jump #2 and missing
the third jump and the dog going wide
around jump #2.

2

·	 If the dog comes toward you after
jump #2, ensure that you are far
enough ahead of the dog to indicate
the turn to jump #3 and that you are
signaling the turn as soon as the dog
is committed to jump #2. If necessary, take one step toward the dog’s
path between #2 and #3 to push him
out for a few repetitions.
·	 If the dog goes wide around jump
#2, ensure that you are turning your
shoulders away from the dog as soon
as he has committed to jump #1.

next month
When you have completed the exercises
in this article and those in the previous
three months, you will be able to direct
your dog to any obstacle on course and
the dog will understand how to complete
it correctly, regardless of your position
on course or environmental distractions. As you and the dog become more
proficient at greater distances, your
dog’s speed and confidence will increase.
You will find yourself able to position
yourself advantageously as you move
ahead or to the side of the dog while
he continues to perform on his own.
Next month’s article will build on independent performance by teaching the dog
to turn away from you at a distance. D

3

Handler path for the serpentine at
a distance

Lorrie Reynolds has been involved with agility since 2002. She and her mixed breed NATCH-8, Versatility-NATCH-5,
Gold-C-MEX, PDCH Maxx have qualified for national championships every year in multiple venues, and have
competed at the NADAC or DOCNA championships for the past nine years, never placing lower than 8th. Lorrie
is well known in Colorado for her distance work with mixed-breed rescues Maxx, C-MEX Storm (retired), and her
newest dog, Pixie. Lorrie has been teaching her distance seminar, “Gambling is Addictive,” in Colorado since
2006 and also offers private lessons. Contact her at coagilityinfo@yahoo.com.

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Contents
Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Backyard Dogs
Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
The 10-Minute Trainer
Power Paws Drills: Serp City
Thermal Imaging for the Agility Dog
Trainer/Student, Coach/Athlete
Channel Weaves Modified
The Judge’s Debriefing
Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
The Construction Zone: Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
Look! Teaching Dogs Where to Focus
Busting the Myths: You Can Talk, You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
Out Spot Out! Teaching Independent Obstacle Performance, Part 4
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Contents
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Editorializing: “Internationalization” and Course Design Trends
Clean Run - July 2013 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - July 2013 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility
Clean Run - July 2013 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Knowledge Equals Speed! Handling Positions: What Do They Mean to the Dog
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Focus in the Ring Is Not Just for Dogs!
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The 10-Minute Trainer
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Training with the Stars: Jenn Crank
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Clean Run - July 2013 - The Construction Zone: Weatherproof 2x2 Weave Pole Bases
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Look! Teaching Dogs Where to Focus
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Clean Run - July 2013 - Busting the Myths: You Can Talk, You Can Smile, You Can Have Fun!
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