Rear Cross

There are just two steps to performing a great rear cross with your agility dog. Step #1: Set the dog's line. The rear cross starts with you standing close to the wing of jump #1. Ideally, you should be able to reach out your hand and touch the wing. If you can't touch it, you're too far away. On

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Many people believe that aggressive handling with fast-running front crosses produces the fastest agility runs. However, there are many times when you will not be able to put yourself in a good position for a front cross, but  can use a rear cross without any loss in time. A good rear cross has many components;

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Combination: 270 + Serpentine

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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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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