Happy Hurdle Course 2/12/14

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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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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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A Threadle is a maneuver where the dog takes an obstacle, then comes between two obstacles to take the next obstacle in the same direction.

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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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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