Exercise with Options – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Exercise with Options

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  • Sue & the Ratties says:

    Here are Joey’s runs. This is his first sequence since his injury. I’m running him at 10″ instead of 12″. Sorry for the camera angle. I was having tripod issues!

      • Sue & the Ratties says:

        Sarah, thanks for the feedback. I’m just always so slow getting the front cue started. I’ll work on that. I have a problem with both dogs on the rear. If I put much pressure earlier, the dogs shy off the jump. I’m trying to work it out by slowly increasing the pressure, but I’m having a hard time with that. One time, I stepped in too strong. Cecil froze and I almost fell over him. Then he was afraid to run with me for a few days. These dogs are soft! Do you have any tips for training a stronger rear? I was thinking of tossing treats to get an earlier commit. ?? Maybe I’ll send you a video of a problem with earlier pressure and let you critique it?

  • Sue & the Ratties says:

    Hi there! Here is a link to Cecil’s exercises. Joey has a tender illiopsoas, so he’s getting a break for a few weeks.

    Cecil Mod 4

    Thanks so much! Sue

  • Liz Barlow says:

    Hello! I hope i’m not too late for feedback. I’ve finally got some headspace to do this training. I’ve got 2 poodles. Polly (9.5 y.o.) and Frank (4 y.o.).

    Polly does not have a rear cross so I elected to blind 5-6

    Here’s Polly doing the Wrap https://www.coachseye.com/v/d24a852915f348efbc97c3a02dea2547

    Here’s Polly doing the slice

    I was totally surprised that the slice and wrap were pretty much identical for her https://www.coachseye.com/v/f7a82b12d1e14fcdadc8dca24db4e926

    I loved this course for teaching rear crosses – which I haven’t been able to figure out how to teach for Frank. So here’s us doing the double rear cross, I’d like to hear what you say about why we didn’t pull off the second rear on 6.

    (When I handled Frank the same way as I did with Polly – the slice was a touch faster)

    Please let me know if the links don’t work – I haven’t used Coach’s Eye much for sharing.

  • phosenfeld@wowway.com says:

    hi Sarah. I am not going to Invitationals this year, but am trying to improve timing of my cues, push our speed while maintaining contact with Copper Sun throughout the run. looking forward to your feedback – love having this opportunity to take advantage of your and Jenn’s expert eyes.

    three exercises:
    I thought the first and third options were the best for us.

    challenge sequence:
    while I liked all three options, the third felt smoothest, but I liked trying all three of them. thanks!

  • CarrieN says:

    If I can, this evening I am going to rework these. On options 1 and 2, I rushed after the rear/Jaako and misplaced my decel. On option 3, i definitely could have left sooner to get a better line from the blind.

  • Sue says:

    HI Sarah! I found this very difficult. It didn’t help that I watched it in my lunch break then set straight to it when I got home and probably forgot some of the intricate detail!
    Turning from 5 to 6 was hard! I didn’t give him any turning cues for some reason (maybe I’m too tired! 🙂 )
    I also made up my own handling at the end, though he may have patterned by then!

  • seahorse.joan@gmail.com says:


    Lesson 1 of Module 4 with 3 options. Chewie liked the Front Cross option the best. Thanks Joan.

  • Nancy T says:

    Lesson 2 with 3 options. Thank you


  • Christinede1 says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Here’s our exercises and the challenge… but I did a FC at jump 6 in the challenge (instead of the drill — I forgot by the time I got to the arena 😉 and was trying to get it done before the rain… if I can get the other option in I’ll send along. Thanks a bunch!!


  • Claire says:


    Here is our video showing the 3 options for this Exercise

    I am normally not comfortable doing a rear cross so this Exercise was good for me.

  • Sally Lewis says:

    Porter does the exercises. I flipped the course in my borrowed yard for the challenges, to try and use the widest part of the yard. Still a little tight and I ducked under some foliage after my front cross.


  • Mary says:

    Streak exercises set 2. the rears felt awkward but it’s good practice for when I just can’t get to places.


  • Barb VE says:

    Please take a look at this video. While I ran and filmed all 3 dogs, I think the most interesting set of exercises is with Enzo. I numbered the tries for clarity.


    1. RC #4; RC #6 (off course tunnel; just off camera)
    2. RC #4; RC #6 successfully done
    3. BC 3 to 4; BC 5 to 6
    4. BC 3 to 4; BC 5 to 6 (trying to improve timing)
    5. Wrap #4 to the inside; RC #6
    6. BC 3 to 4; BC 5 to 6 (maybe worse than #4)
    ~~time out for video review; decided to try the BC from 5 to 6 much sooner~~
    7. BC 3 to 4; BC 5 to 6 (better)
    8. Send 4, 5, backside 2 to keep him honest
    9. BC 3 to 4; BC 5 to 6; do you agree this is the “good one”?

  • Angela.sarra@yahoo.com says:

    Really interesting exercise and a good one for me as I struggle to figure out which option is faster. I would have picked exercise 3 because of confidence in being able to execute it, and that turned out to be slow by almost a full second. Rear crosses are a struggle for us. We got exercise 1 on the third try. I included a failure in the video so you can see what we are dealing with. It was soooo hard to get to that blind, I doubt I would have/will attempt a similar blind at a big event. Here’s our work, lmk what you think…

    I did put together a side by side of wrap left versus wrap right and am really surprised by the difference being so much!!!

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/XlskqYLCiFg https://youtu.be/kusFfCokds4

      Really nice blind cross. But I hear ya, it’s hard to have that confidence in the ring. It would be great to find an agreesive blind like that at a local trial and get that experience and confidence.

      • Angela.sarra@yahoo.com says:

        Thank you!!! Excellent feedback! The discussion on rear crosses and off courses and also making sure I have commitment before applying pressure is very valuable!! We do not do a lot of rear crosses of any kind but occasionally it is unavoidable. I do periodically do rear crosses on the flat and rear cross landings when the course dictates it but generally not a go to for me. I had never considered that those types of rears could lead to push offs. Both my current dog and first agility dog are prone to push offs on rears… interesting 🤔 thank you…

      • Angela.sarra@yahoo.com says:

        Been thinking about your comments on him pushing off on rears and am wondering if I should wait until physical commitment to pressure in or is that too late?

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          Physical commitment is too late. In that case, the dog is already committed to taking the jump a certain way, bending toward you or at best straight ahead. Likely jumping closer to the middle of the jump or drifting to the near wing.

          With late pressure you may get a spin after the jump as your dog lands curling toward where you used to be and has to adjust to where you are after. The bar will also come down often as the dog attempts to switch leads in midair.

          For rear crosses, I like to freeze frame the dog over the bar and see where they are looking, which part of the bar they are over.

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