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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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Contrasting Sequences

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This week, I worked my youngster on this nice little practice sequence. The layout gave me the chance to work on several different skills and test Venture's understanding with contrasting sequences. The weaves were set up for other dogs and could be incorporated into the sequences as well, but my young dog is still working

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In the video below, we show you a recent typical training session with our young border collie Miriya. This session is her first time to transition from threadle work in the flat to actual jumps, and every repetition is shown in order, although we've edited out the transitions (time between repetitions) to keep the video

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Happy Hurdle Course 2/12/14

Happy Hurdle Course 2/12/14 thumbnail

Any course with multiple 270s provides handlers with numerous handling options. In the course below, Ann Croft has designed one of the most challenging practice sequences I have ever run. For handlers who don't typically blind cross in these situations, your dog must have a strong understanding of motion, threadles, and rear crosses to be

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Practicing Wraps & 270s

In the video below, Bad Dog Agility training partner Lori and her 11 month old Border Collie Amp run a sequence that emphasizes 270s. Starting with a 270 to the backside for jump #1 allows you to start the exercise without a stay or helper to hold your dog. Focus on moving to the next

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Building Value for Backsides With Your Puppy thumbnail

The key to fantastic 270s and sends to the backsides of jumps is to build as much value for taking the backside as you build for taking the jump straight on. With our puppies, we introduce sends to the backside at the same time we introduce taking the jump straight on. The puppy learns to

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Threadle-Rear Cross vs Push Through

The winning run in the large dog final at the 2012 European Open featured an impressive threadle-rear cross combination by Silvia Trkman at a critical place on course, shown below. In this article, we present two different ways to handle this type of sequence. The essence of the challenge is shown in the diagram below.

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Combination: 270 + Rear Cross

In the September 2012 issue of Clean Run, Nancy Gyes wrote the article "Power Paws Drills: International Trends" that featured the opening of a course by Dutch agility judge Kees Stoel, with variations for handlers to practice. The original 6 obstacle opening is shown below: We tried several different handling options for this sequence in

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