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AWC Inspired Small Space Exercise: Choices and Weaves thumbnail

Today’s small space exercise starts with the #1 - #4 opening of the 2016 Agility World Championship Large Individual Jumping course. Which wrap at #2 is faster for your dog? Can you successfully keep your dog off the tunnel with either wrap at #2? The remainder of the course presents the handler with two additional

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Small Space Exercise from AWC with Nested Drills thumbnail

Today's small space exercise comes from the 2016 Agility World Championship Medium Individual Jumping course. The opening line is preserved along with the challenging weave pole entry, all within a 70' by 40' space. Taking the weaves in the opposite direction provides a test of your dog's weave exit as well as additional tunnel/jump discriminations.

Handling Exercises for 2016 AKC Nationals #18 Choice thumbnail

Try these four handling variations for this exercise based on the #18 choice at the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship. Full Loop Wrap (4.46 seconds) - the most popular choice at the event, but may be the slower option Forced Front Cross (4.06 seconds) - creates the s-path, requires getting to the take off side

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MORE Handling Practice with Two Jumps thumbnail

Here's a second two jump exercise to test your handling and your dog's jumping (click here for our original two jump exercise). The perpendicular jumps did result in a few more knocked bars initially as they created more sliced approaches, often with pressure. I ended up with a 9 obstacle sequence that uses only 2

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Handling Practice with Two Jumps thumbnail

Recently, I designed a sequence that I could use to test my dog's ability to keep up 26" jumps with a variety of handling. I specifically wanted a sequence that I could set up quickly and easily for "work for your dinner" practice. I ended up with a 9 obstacle sequence that uses only 2

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CKC Practice Sequences

CKC Practice Sequences thumbnail

There are 4 weeks left before the American Kennel Club International Team Tryouts in Minnesota, so over the next months, we're going to share some of the handling that we're reviewing in preparation for the event. Esteban reverse engineered this jumpers course from a video taken at the Canadian Kennel Club tryouts that took place

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Why We Call a Backside a 270

Why We Call a Backside a 270 thumbnail

During our live commentary of the AKC National Agility Championship Challengers round, we often referred to jump #15 as a 270. This annoyed some listeners (and may have confused others). In this video, Sarah outlines how we arrived at this potentially confusing state of affairs.  

International Challenge: The Holmberg Double thumbnail

Peter Holmberg, an agility judge from Norway, unleashed his "Holmberg Double" on small height competitors at a trial in Drammen, Norway this past weekend (focus on jumps #6 and #7): First, please note that while 120 cm (4 feet) puts the jumps very close together, the sequence can be handled as if the second jump

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AKC Premier Class Challenge: The Inverted Pinwheel thumbnail

The American Kennel Club (AKC) has been developing a new Premier Class that will emphasize international handling elements like threadles, 270s, forced layering, longer distances between obstacles, and bi-directional jumps/tunnels. Various clubs have offered the class as a demonstration, and one of them mentioned the use of inverted pinwheels. Many people, including us, had never

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