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 jumps and about 20′ by 30′ of space.
While you could certainly handle this sequence as numbered without the need for some of the crosses and threadles, I constructed the following handling to test my dog’s understanding and ability to keep the bar up.
- Decel Wrap – Front Cross #2
- Backside Push #3 to Front Cross #4
- Decel Wrap – Post Turn #4
- Decel Wrap – Front Cross #5
- Backside Push #6 to Front Cross to Threadle Rear Cross #7
- Backside Push #8 to Front Cross to Same Side Threadle #8
I just found this website today and holy smokes, I am learning so much! Thanks a million!
Just a big thank you for sharing your knowledge
You are welcome!
Thanks so much for this post. This is been a great exercise for me as well as my dog. I am still breaking it down into two and three jump segments. For a newbie to agility, this is been a great exercise for me to rewind and watch your turns and body placement, then going try to do it myself. Thanks !
Fun! You can even start changing the angles and positions of the jumps to give different approaches. A great way to get your feet moving!
Thank you! I only have a small space to practice and am often not sure what to do next. Would have loved to see this in slo-mo too!
Great idea – I added this to the “MORE handling practice” post.
What do YOU do if your dog knocks a bar?
Ideally someone sets the bar while I race my dog back to the start. No punishment, no marking, but no tugging either. I keep him up and arroused (the state he will be in when actually running at a trial). If I need to set the bar myself, I jog over and do it quickly and then quickly get my dog set up again.
That was my goal! Keeping up the bar on those backsides is hard!
Thank you! I need this kind of practice to move Kite up to 26″
You are awesome!!! Just what i need for my 2 who are at different stages.
How far apart should the jumps be?
I have them set at 18 feet apart. Pretty typical AKC spacing.
Glad you like it! 😀
Love it. That is exactly how much space I have right now. Perfect for a quick ” work for your dinner”. Thank you!!