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All start lines, and handling in general, is a balance of turning and forward cues. Forward cues include the arm nearest the dog being raised (I call it my accelerator arm), and this arm shouldn’t be dropped until the dog takes off for the jump.
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handler ends up being further ahead than the handler in Figure 10 who is trying to get a longer lead-out. Handlers think they are getting further ahead by leading out past jump #2, yet they have to remain in the first handler position for a long time to commit the dog to jump #2. If the handler pushes forward she will push the dog through the gap between jumps #1 and #2. So she has to stay static and keep pulling the dog to her. This leaves her behind and too far away to control jump #3, let alone the turn after jump #3. If the handler is still pushing forward to get #3, then she can’t show the turn to #4. Likewise look at Figure 11 and you will see that the handler has led out over halfway to jump #2 and then run laterally away. If you are ahead of your dog he will see your lateral movement away and mimic your path, which pulls him off jump #2. Once again lateral movement away from the dog while he stays straight has to be taught. It’s much better to start more lateral to the dog initially, but drive a straight line to support jump #2 as is shown in Figure 12. As the handler is moving straight, she can rotate her shoulders to show the dog the next direction while he’s on the approach to jump #2. She can also use a verbal command to help with the turn. Once the dog is past the handler and can no longer see her, she can move across ready to use serpentine handling for jumps #3 to #4. Once again the handler’s path is mimicking the desired dog’s path.

All start lines, and handling in general, is a balance of turning and forward cues. Forward cues include the arm nearest the dog being raised (I call it my accelerator arm), and this arm shouldn’t be dropped until the dog takes off for the jump. In this way there is no ambiguity about whether the handler wants a turn before or after a jump.Your other arm (furthest away from the dog) is similar to the brake on your vehicle. It does its job on the approach to a corner but your vehicle does not stop moving forward unless you slam on the brakes and use no accelerator pedal. Keeping the arm nearest the dog raised gives you acceleration up to the jump whilst your other arm (if doing a rear or front cross) gives information about the turn after the jump. I hope this has given you some ideas about using your arms, handling path, and lateral distance to achieve these tricky start lines. D

Dawn Weaver has been an agility trainer for over 25 years. She is a 7-time FCI World Team member, and a 3-time IFCS World Team member. She has won many gold medals with several dogs and has won the coveted 2011 Crufts in the large category with her dog Ag Ch It’s Easy with a Beezy (a Beardie-Border Collie cross). Dawn has won every major British final in recent years. Her Poodle Ag Ch Piquant Painted Sunshine has the most championship tickets of any dog in Britain, currently having 15. She is also the only dog to have won Olympia four years running and all the major Crufts finals. Ag Ch Tonring Just a Puzzle is the only Papillon in Britain ever to have become an agility champion and is the 2011 Crufts Singles winner. Dawn is the author of the training manual in the U.K., Knowledge Equals Speed! She also offers online handling and contacts video instruction via www.dawnweaveragility.com. To contact Dawn directly, send email to info@dawnweaveragility.com. 32 Clean Run | August 12


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Clean Run - August 2012
Contents
Editorializing: On Insanity
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Backyard Dogs
The Information Highway of Agility
Analyze This!
Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
Seesaw Training: The Bang Game and the Pre-Bang Game
But He’s Perfect at Home
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Contents
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Editorializing: On Insanity
Clean Run - August 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - August 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility…
Clean Run - August 2012 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - August 2012 - The Information Highway of Agility
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Analyze This!
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Footwork for Agility: Rear Crosses
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Control Unleashed Solutions and Answers: The Bark Stops Here
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Knowledge Equals Speed: Start-line Positioning & Lead-outs
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Waiting for Your Turn in Agility Class
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: The Competition Mindset—Creating Power and Flow
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Clean Run - August 2012 - Building Blocks: Weave Entries at Speed
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Clean Run - August 2012 - From Hoof to Woof: What Riders Can Teach Handlers
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