Accel/Decel

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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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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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Once you've taught your dog to respond to your acceleration and deceleration cues, you should look for sequences on course to use this new skill effectively. Most handlers will use acceleration and deceleration unconsciously on course. However, when you plan your deceleration in advance, you can create amazing turns and eliminate traps with this very

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Body language, both position and motion, are very important parts of the cues you use in dog agility. By creating differences in body language, we can communicate more clearly with our canine partners. Take a look at the video below to see how a small change in handling can lead to a dramatic improvement in

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Here's a great little three jump setup that allows you to work on many different beginning level skills. Review the position and timing of your acceleration and deceleration cues, and then work on these with just two jumps. You can test your dog's understanding of the decel by trying it on the other side. And

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Acceleration and Deceleration are movement cues that our dogs respond to naturally. If you take your dog to a park and start running, your dog will run too! If you slow down, your dog will slow down, add strides, and check in with you to see what you are doing. Our goal is to turn

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After introducing your dog to acceleration and deceleration and angled approaches, you are ready to combine these two elements on some short sequences, demonstrated in the video below by 11 month old border collie Miriya. These drills focus on both speed (acceleration) and tight turns (deceleration).     Helpful Tips 1. Great performance DEMANDS an

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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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Cheating Threadles

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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