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Old 01-06-2017, 01:47 PM
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How Would You Handle This Agility Course?

Here is a good "How Would You Handle This." I set this up for my students. It is HARD to stump my students as they qualify in classes like Premier regularly, but this one got them.

This course is actually from the new Premier challenges the AKC sent to judges a few months back. I just linked one challenge straight into the next one. It was rough, but a great way to train for the new challenges we may be seeing in Premier courses.

If you want, you can just take a section of the course and say how you would handle it. Like just take 1 - 5 or 6 - 9 or 10 - 12 or 12 - 17. Some ways very much worked better than others.

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Oh this one is tricky! I can see why it's in Premier classes!

I would start on the inside of the tunnel and then have to run to try to get Roxie to collect (her current issue) and would problem put myself on the left side of 2 and treat 2-3-4 as a pinwheel, sending out (but supporting) 3. 4-5 I would bowl them into the tunnel and rear cross to the inside of tunnel probably standing in front of the off course jump to make sure that my dogs did not take it. I would send to 6 while using my word "check" to tell them they need to collect and turn to get 7 without getting an off course. I would probably TRY to be on the right side of 7 on the landing side to prepare for 8, although I am not sure (other then using check again) I would keep them from going off course again. at 11/16. 8 to 9 I would probably rear again and try to be on the left side of 9 on the landing side. I would try to send to 10 using check to signal collection and a tight turn in hopes that they would wrap the jump tightly and support to the backside for 11. (Sending to backsides need to be supported) Would probably check again for another tight wrap to 12. I would rear 12 in an attempt to get in the pin wheel for 12-13-14, head towards the inside of the tunnel on 15, and lead out of the tunnel and be as close to 16 as I could. And then after I would die. What a difficult course!
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lol!! You chose some really good handling options! My students ran this, and some areas had several options that worked and others had only one or two options that worked. They struggled with it,and it's HARD to get my students baffeled. They all struggled with 6 - 9.

I think you may have missed it, but number 3 is a backside.

After we worked it, my students started acing it. They just had to figure out the best ways to handle it. It was lots of fun. And, amazingly, no one died at the end!
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Oh god I did miss that 3 is a backside. This really is a nightmare course for me! (We don't work backsides nearly as much as we should).

I looks like a great course, and something you totally want to see in practice. It's a tight course which is a struggle with one of my dogs (Roxie jumps everything in extension) but would be ok with the other.
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Yes. I was teaching backsides last night and told my students that they need to be training backsides with new puppies just a week or so after teaching the pup to take the jump from the front (no bars or low bars). I think we still have this view that they are "advanced," when really backsides are just another "trick" you teach with a jump. I've been trying to undo my opinion of them as "advanced," and it's really helped my performance. I also think people have a mental block on how to handle backsides. There are a zillion fun ways to handle them!!
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I have noticed that once you set back and mentally tell your self that backsides are not different from any other obstacle and that you just have to know how to handle them they don't seem as bad. For me it depends on the backside. I can do beginner backsides, but some of the stuff I see in UKI and European models is crazy.
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Wow. What a map. :O

Well, on my right for 1, 2, 3, and 4. I'd need to cut out around 3, saying 'around', then collecting him on my right for a serpentine-like 4. ('Around' again.) On my right for 5, 6 and 7 -being VERY careful to not let him leave my side to got to other jumps. I'd pivot as he goes over 7, collecting him on my left for 8. Rear to 9. On my right for 10 and 11 (Once again, 'around'). Now a lazy circle, still on my right, turning towards the tunnel. Right for 12, rear to 13. Left for 14, 15 and 16. Turn command brings him 180 degrees. On my right for 17.

Mind you, I'm not sure he could do any of this. :P I did try to choose maneuvers, though, that I know he can accomplish. It's wrong courses that would take him down.
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