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which will make gaining lateral distance
much easier. Remember that no matter where you are, your body language
should support your dog's path.
Figure 2: Two jumps, beginning slightly angled and then progressing to a
straight line. Make sure that your dog
can see a straight line through the two
jumps when you start and then gradually straighten the jumps. Think about
your cues and the timing required. If
you are young and fit and can always
be there, go you! If not, make sure,
right from the beginning, that you
work the starting positions shown. If
your dog has problems when you start
from the other side of the serpentine,
angle the jumps slightly again to help.
Figure 3: Three jumps. We start with
the jumps at an angle to make the line
through them obvious to your dog.
Make sure he's set up facing the way
that he needs to go. We want this to
be easy and therefore enjoyable for
him. Gradually change the angle of the
jumps, working toward the straight
line shown. Again, vary your starting
position and movement, but always remember to support your dog no matter where you are. Make sure your feet,
hips, and shoulders are facing the way
that your dog is going and maintain
contact with him. Can you send your
dog through the line of three? Can you
recall your dog through the serpentine? Don't forget to celebrate!
Figure 4: Now that your dog is confident in his ability to slice three jumps,
we begin to angle his approach to the
first jump of the serpentine. The angle
makes the turn through the first jump
more difficult, so be patient whilst

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your dog works out an appropriate
strategy. What will you do if he knocks
the jump? Plan for mistakes and how
you will handle them. The turn gets
progressively more difficult. If your
dog really struggles, work the turn
around one jump until he is confident.
Remember to vary your starting position and to work both sides. Do the
mirror image of the sequences shown.

line of three jumps to begin with? Can
you handle the entire sequence from
behind the first jump? Think about
your cues and their timing.

Figure 5: Setup for the sequences that
follow.
Figure 6: We add a tunnel to the start.
The generally creates some speed,
have faith in your turn cues and their
timing. Remember, your dog needs to
know that he's taking the serpentine
as he leaves the tunnel, so give him
his cues in a timely fashion. Continue
to vary your position, handle from behind, and handle from in front. For the
white numbered sequence, can you
leave your dog at the tunnel, lead out
to the green handler's position, and do
the sequence as a recall? If your dog
has problems with a full recall, what
can he do? Can you start parallel with
your dog and send him out to #2, as
the black dog and handler are doing?
Figure 7: We add another jump and a
little more speed. Your dog should really be having fun by now!
Figure 8: Longer simple sequences.
This is building duration with young
dogs and is an important part of their
education.
Figures 9 and 10: A longer sequence,
with two sets of serpentines. Your dog
should be finding this easy now and
you should be confident experimenting with handling. Can you layer the

Figure 11: Another simple sequence,
this time with 18 obstacles. Remember
to handle proactively; drive your dog
to where he needs to be. If you struggle with memorizing longer sequences, try to think of a pattern rather than
individual obstacles. If you go wrong,
don't let your dog know!
Figure 12: We've taught our dogs a
pattern and by now it should be well
associated with our serpentine cue,
whatever that may be. But what if we
need to bypass the middle jump? I have
a cue for this and teach it systematically
as shown. The lure of the reinforcement
should ensure your dog's success, so
use the opportunity to associate your
bypass cue, whatever that may be.
Figure 13: Now we add two jumps to
create the serpentine pattern and see
how successful we've been training
our bypass cue. Dogs learn at different
rates, so don't judge; focus on your
progressions. A square starting position makes this easier for your dog,
work carefully toward the slice.
Figure 14 and 15: It's time to test our
newly acquired skills. Remember, your
dog does what he's been trained to do.
If he's confused or making too many
mistakes, stop and go back a few stages. Place your reinforcement to help
him make the correct association with
your cues. In the first part of Figure 15
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