October 04, 2005

Open Agility (ANKC)


This is my drawing of the opening sequence of the Saturday morning Open Agility course. There seemed to be as many ways of handling it as there were dogs running. I started with Thommo on my left and handled 1-2-3 with the Serpentine movement that Greg Derret teaches. This gave a nice line to the weave pole entry. An outstretched arm would send him out to 7, and 7-8 required a nicely timed and positioned front cross.

5 comments:

Murray said...

I would handle this sequence by doing a lead out to a position between the No4 & the corner of the scramble, call dog toward me over the broad jump followed by a front cross command over two, when dog is in line with 3, pivot body towards 4 & command dog forward over 3 & into weaves.
Leaves dog in perfect position for LH weaves leaving handler with time to set up for a smooth 5, 6, 7 & 8 handling sequence which means half the course completed without handler having to raise a sweat.

Jan said...

Wow! I'd love to be able to handle it like this, but I don't think I'd risk it. Without seeing it on the ground, I'd probably start with my dog on the rightpush her over 2, front cross to bring her back across 3 and set up a line for the weave poles. I'd like to think I could stay in that spot with just single steps forward to get her around 5-8.

Greg said...

We set this up at training last night .... interesting sequence ... we had fun with it ... Murray's lead out suggestion was great practice, but not sure if it got you an advantage on the course ... you didn't need to be ahead of your dog for 4-5-6 .. my dog runs better if I push not pull.

murray said...

The nested Master course was even more interesting in the handling sense, if anyone is interested in it for training purposes just drop me a line at mtyler@alphalink.com.au

Kaye said...

I think the lead out does give you an advantage in guiding your dog through the discriminations. It allows you to manage weavers and scramble and still be in position for the teeter.