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Exercise with Options

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  • seahorse.joan@gmail.com says:


    Joan & Chewie

  • Liz Barlow says:

    These sessions were some of his first ones so he’s jumping HUGE! He gets a bit more efficient on the advanced course.

    Here’s Frank with the rear cross option and a failed tunnel threadle. https://youtu.be/RMPtFL5Bax4 (i need to train this more)

    Here’s a blind cross & blind cross option

    Here’s a front cross and a tunnel threadle (he really questions the threadle.) https://youtu.be/4_chrNNJfF8

    I’m sure I did a front cross at the tunnel but don’t seem to have videoed it. I think it made for a better line.

      • Liz Barlow says:

        Thanks for the feedback. I have busted out the Linda Mecklenburg Mastering Jumping skills book and did a couple of those exercises, ordered the Susan Salo book – postage cost about the same as the book itself! And I trained a collection grid the other day. (I remembered one my NZ trainer did – based on Susan’s exercises).

        Frank’s a special lad – we’re not currently competing because he got too stressed, so I’m just happy that he’s happy working (huge sproings included) at the moment. 🙂

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          It’s great that he’s working. When you have a dog that gets fearful or shuts down, you often need to prioritize happiness and confidence above ALL else!

  • Sue says:

    Hi Sarah! I forgot the last jump!
    Scariest option was going for the front cross before the tunnel and I think that front cross was executed badly by me as I was worried about a collision!

  • Claire says:

    Hi Sarah. Here is my video with Andy running the Exercises


  • Claire says:

    Hi Sarah. Nancy and I videoed for each other. I am posting her videos for her since she is getting ready to leave for the AKC Invitational

    Here is Wesley running the Exercises


  • Sally Lewis says:

    Here are my exercises with my Irish Water Spaniel, Porter. The challenge sequences are also included. I had trouble getting far enough ahead for the blind cross option between #2 and #3 due to the tight space I was working in, so it was a little late and awkward. The challenge sequences are also included in this video.


    Rain is preventing me from doing the last small space exercises before we fly to Florida on Wednesday, but this course has gotten me out to practice almost daily and it was reflected in our local trials. We have been getting placements in very competitive Los Angeles County 20″ class competition. Thanks for all of your feedback!

  • Mary says:

    Lesson 5. Sorry for the bad lens placement. I left an extra rep in there on the challenge because she fell after 9 and I wanted to zoom in on coaches eye to see what happened.


  • Barb VE says:

    Hi Sarah,


    This went pretty well. Patt did not drop nearly as many bars as the last exercise. Lollie did well and Enzo was a puppy.

    When I saw the map, I thought a BC from 2 to 3 would not work very well. But in your demo and on the ground, it was surprisingly easy. The choices from 5 to 6 were straight forward with the older 2 but Enzo had a lot of trouble with the threadle.

    By the time we finished, I could run 3-4-5-6; 3-4-5-near end tunnel and 3-4-5-2. An excellent training opportunity!

    For all the dogs, the timing and/or placement of a FC or BC at 5 to 6 was not stellar. I’m glad I had the video to review and see that.


  • Angela.sarra@yahoo.com says:

    My preference is the blind between 2&3 and the front before the tunnel. The blind before the tunnel after a rear was really tough. I would never try this in a show. I’d pair the blind before the tunnel with either the front or the blind between 2&3. Too me the rear just puts you too far behind and puts a lot of pressure to send to 4. Wondering if you can explain why you paired the blind with the rear? Was it just to practice that difficult send and blind? I was surprised that we struggled getting the threadle to the tunnel. He really wanted the wrong side of the tunnel so much so it took physically blocking him. As for the challenge, i’m Most confident with the backside slice to blind but was very pleased with his effort with the threadle. I also like his 270 jumping effort more today…


  • Joni & Eevee says:

    Needless to say, we could not get the blind into the tunnel.

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