Round 1: Jumpers with Weaves – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Round 1: Jumpers with Weaves

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  • Jill Arenson says:

    I’m interested in know which program Jennifer used to “mark up” during her analysis.

  • Collene says:

    For the convergence skills Jennifer mentions for the ideal handling 18-19: Is that a specific verbal cue? Or more a trained/normal response of the dog to come in to your location?

    Would an example be perhaps a slight decel before 18 commitment and then making sure to have maybe a slight shoulder turn and motion directly towards 19 to ensure the dog sees it as the next obstacle?

    What training do you suggest to teach/test the convergence skills needed for this situation?

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Knowing that our dogs naturally run parallel to us, convergence is always what I would consider a trained skills. One of the most common example of convergence is a serpentine. We often hear of people having trouble with the dog coming in over the center jump. In many cases, a handler may proactively or reactively rotate towards their dog with an outside arm to help the dog converge.

      For training the skill, I start by teaching stationary recalls (collection recall, slice recall, etc) and then progress through the training of adding motion. This teaches the dog what is expected when motion is added and places value on the decision to converge over the jump. When applying it to a course I will almost always use my dogs name for convergence. That is what I’d consider my cue. While my seasoned dogs are likely to do so anyway, it helps remind them that I want them to follow more than my motion.

      In this scenario, if you decelerate too much/long at 18 you might not being ahead for the push from 19-20. That is one important part to convergence – you must be ahead to do it. If you were to decelerate at 18 and fall being going to 19, then a rear cross on the flat might be a nice alternative to make sure the dog turns to 20.

  • Barb VE says:

    Interesting to hear Jennifer’s analysis and then watch how I ran it with both Patt and Lollie. Since Patt is well over 8 years old, I almost run him by intuition, so hearing an analytical discussion (which closely matched my handling choices) was very fun.

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