April 2012

After teaching your dog to take a single jump, you can change the angle of approach, varying your position from 1 through 6, as shown below. This exercise comes from  "Your Handling at Severe Angles" on page 271 of Agility Right from the Start by Eva Bertilsson and Emelie Johnson Vegh, an excellent agility foundation

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The first sequence I introduce to young dogs is the tunnel-jump, shown below. I begin with a recall through both obstacles and then alternate repetitions of acceleration with deceleration. Prior to this, a puppy has already done at least one session of accel/decel work on a single jump, so when you add the tunnel, it's

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The threadle maneuver intimidates many competitors; double threadles are the stuff of nightmares. Most handlers can stumble through one threadle, but find themselves in poor position to make the second threadle, especially when there is wide spacing. In the diagram below, jumps 1 and 2 are 10 feet apart from each other and 10 feet

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The diagram below shows a common sequence often seen at national and international competitions. While there are three general ways to handle this, most people will opt for a front cross between 1 and 2.   However, a tricky judge will often place several off course traps between the 2nd and 3rd obstacles. In this

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This past weekend, my border collie Rook and I travelled to Reno, Nevada for the 2012 AKC National Agility Championship, where she had some nice runs and made an appearance in the exciting Challenger's Round! The AKC has recently shortened the length of the chute, and many handler-dog teams struggled with the tight turn after

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