April 8, 2016

What’s Your Bread and Butter Agility Move?

Mine is deceleration. I contrast my acceleration with deceleration, and combine deceleration mostly with front crosses and rear crosses to create fast lines for my dog while controlling turns. I reviewed all of my runs from this year’s Westminster (3 runs) and AKC nationals (5 runs) and categorized all of my moves. Thus, in the charts below you will see a reflection of my running style combined with the handling demands of the courses at these two special events. Interestingly, at Westminster I was 13-2 rear cross over front cross, but at nationals I went 18-4 front cross over rear cross. Pick a weekend trial of your own and take a look at what you’re doing on course—you might be surprised.

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2016 Westminster Masters Agility Championship

ManeuverJWWSTDFinalsTotal
decel53210
front cross2002
rear cross53513
270/backside0112
serpentine0011
v-set/shape1102
threadle0011
lead out pivot0000
forced front0000
bypass/side0202

2016 AKC National Agility Championship

ManeuverISCJWWSTDHybridFinalsTotal
decel3223515
front cross4351518
rear cross120104
270/backside210216
serpentine000112
v-set/shape000011
threadle111003
lead out pivot001001
forced front100001
bypass/side110013

Gitch and Esteban at the 2016 Westminster Masters Agility Championship

Gitch and Esteban at the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship

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