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Ketschker Turns originated in mainland Europe (some say Germany), and they were invented by Jürgen Ketschker. Ketschker Turns have been used in mainland Europe and at the FCI Agility World Championships for many years and are now becoming more popular in Great Britain. As with every handling manoeuvre, there are appropriate and inappropriate places to utilise them on courses. Once again, the turn in itself is not a bad thing, only the choice of where you employ one.

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This manoeuvre completely takes the back of jump #1 out of the dog’s line of sight so that the off-course option is removed. However, I have noticed that handlers who use Ketschker Turns in this way end up with their dogs being unsure if they are supposed to be collecting inside the handler or not on a normal front cross. The dog then ends up landing wider, thinking he may be going to the other side of the handler, and the handler has to stand her ground for longer to ensure that the dog collects on the inside of the front cross. For this reason I rarely do Ketschker Turns unless I am on a wing of a jump. Situations where these turns are often used is where the handler is actively passing the dog behind her as in Figure 9, and I would definitely avoid these. Some handlers even stand between two jumps and send their dog round the back of them as shown in Figure 10. A dog

always slows down in this scenario because the handler is facing him for too long; so the handler has to really insist the dog carries on behind her to take the jumps. This is because there is no handler support for those two jumps. The handler is static and facing the wrong way. The dog is trying to tell the handler that this is uncomfortable for him, so watch where your dog slows down on course and learn from what he is telling you. I totally avoid handling manoeuvres that are uncomfortable for my dog and, anyway, what is the point if the dog slows down? As previously mentioned, if you teach your dog to deliberately pass behind you and carry on to take an obstacle, then problems will develop with the dog collecting inside the handler on normal front crosses. So with the sequence shown in Figure 9, instead of a Ketschker Turn the handler does a front cross between jumps #3 and #4. She wants to run away from the dog, but when she does the dog carries on around her and takes the off-course broad jump as you can see in Figure 11. This is because the two handling manoeuvres look virtually identical to the dog. Therefore, to get the dog to come on the inside of her for jump #4, the handler has to stand her ground after the front cross and not move. If the handler has to babysit every front cross on a course, she can’t get to where she needs to be to achieve an accurate, fast run. However, if Ketschker Turns are only performed very close to a jump wing, this doesn’t have the same negative effect and doesn’t convey to the dog that it is acceptable to carry on driving out behind the handler to an obstacle. I hope this article has been beneficial in showing the correct handling of Ketschker Turns and the pros and cons of using them. 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. November 12 | Clean Run 59


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Clean Run - November 2012
Contents
Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Tip of the Month
Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Backyard Dogs
The Four Agreements
Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
What’s in Your Toolbox?
Being a Good Student, Part 1
Analyze This!
Tips for Weave Pole Entries
Not a Practice Dog Anymore
The 2-Minute Warm-up
The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
What Is a Ketschker Turn?
Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out
Clean Run - November 2012 - Clean Run - November 2012
Clean Run - November 2012 - 2
Clean Run - November 2012 - Contents
Clean Run - November 2012 - 4
Clean Run - November 2012 - Editorializing: Sportsmanship Is Not Just About Being Nice
Clean Run - November 2012 - Tip of the Month
Clean Run - November 2012 - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Agility...
Clean Run - November 2012 - Backyard Dogs
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 10
Clean Run - November 2012 - 11
Clean Run - November 2012 - The Four Agreements
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 15
Clean Run - November 2012 - Power Paws Drills: Working Opposites
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Clean Run - November 2012 - 18
Clean Run - November 2012 - Training with the Stars: Jeannette Hutchison
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Clean Run - November 2012 - What’s in Your Toolbox?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Being a Good Student, Part 1
Clean Run - November 2012 - 31
Clean Run - November 2012 - Analyze This!
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Tips for Weave Pole Entries
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Not a Practice Dog Anymore
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Clean Run - November 2012 - The 2-Minute Warm-up
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Clean Run - November 2012 - The Worrier: Solutions for the Dog That Is Worried or Afraid
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Clean Run - November 2012 - What Is a Ketschker Turn?
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Agility Mind Gym: Persistence and Determination
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Clean Run - November 2012 - Building Blocks: Building a Better Lead-out
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