August 27, 2012

Handling Tip for the Double Rear Cross

In our previous article, Using a Double Rear Cross Instead of a Serpentine, we showed how the double rear cross can be just as fast as the serpentine maneuver. One of the keys for performing a great double rear cross is to make sure that you stay out of your dog’s path.

Many handlers will step into the gap between jumps #1 and #2, thinking that they are helping their dog commit to jump #2. Unfortunately, this will force their dog to come around their leg, adding yardage and time to their run. This wider path will also bring the off course tunnel into view. See the diagram below.

Stay out of your dog’s way to run a tight line (green).

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