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

Maneuver JWW STD Finals Total
decel 5 3 2 10
front cross 2 0 0 2
rear cross 5 3 5 13
270/backside 0 1 1 2
serpentine 0 0 1 1
v-set/shape 1 1 0 2
threadle 0 0 1 1
lead out pivot 0 0 0 0
forced front 0 0 0 0
bypass/side 0 2 0 2

2016 AKC National Agility Championship

Maneuver ISC JWW STD Hybrid Finals Total
decel 3 2 2 3 5 15
front cross 4 3 5 1 5 18
rear cross 1 2 0 1 0 4
270/backside 2 1 0 2 1 6
serpentine 0 0 0 1 1 2
v-set/shape 0 0 0 0 1 1
threadle 1 1 1 0 0 3
lead out pivot 0 0 1 0 0 1
forced front 1 0 0 0 0 1
bypass/side 1 1 0 0 1 3

Gitch and Esteban at the 2016 Westminster Masters Agility Championship

Gitch and Esteban at the 2016 AKC National Agility Championship

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