Accel/Decel

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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Tight Turns and Short Chutes

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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Combination: Decel + Rear Cross

Exercise 4 shows a common sequence with an off course tunnel trap nearby. Many handlers will try to front cross between jumps #2 and #3, but this requires the handler to be ahead of the dog in order to execute the front cross. With an attempted front cross, the handler is driving the dog into

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Let's be contrary, and start our discussion with Exercise 2. Exercise 2 powers your dog straight toward an off course tunnel but requires a very sharp turn away from the tunnel and back to jump #3. Using our motion as the handler, we can decelerate (slow down) at jump #2 to show the dog that

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