Exercise with Options – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Exercise with Options

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  • AmyH says:

    Here are the RC, FC and serp/blind options. I feel like i got the best turn from the RC but it might not have been the fastest? I was very late on the FC and didn’t show any decel!

  • Dee says:

    was wondering – where’s the ideal position for the front along the front cross line? Closer to #3 or close to #2, and why?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Great question. In general, it’s better to be closer to the second jump in the FC. If you imagine two front crosses that target two different jumps, when you’re close to the first jump in the FC, your position is very similar for those two front crosses, the closer you are to the second jump, the more different your path becomes.

      However, deceleration as a cue tends to work better closer to the dog.

      Since this FC requires a significant turn, I need the strong decel cue more than I need to positional cue of being near #3. And ideally, I’m giving my decel cue and then powering toward #3 to make it clear where we’re going.

  • Sue says:

    This exact situation arose in competition this weekend, except the tunnel was a jump! I didn’t realise until I saw the video and realised I should have done the serp instead of the (very late cos I couldn’t get there) front cross! The problem with following the pros on the walk through! 😩 however, I have learnt from this! 😊🤞

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Great job recognizing the pattern! Replacing the tunnel with a jump makes a box structure and that (and the off course possibilities it creates) is a VERY common course design element.

  • timhwilliamson@gmail.com says:

    Hi I’m Katie Blair and this is Gitchi’s daughter Voulez and we’re going to the Junior Invitationals!

  • Melanie Horn says:

    Hello! Was a little rough, but we smoothed most things out. No, I don’t know my right from left (1st attempt wrong verbal) ;-). Need to work on our front crosses more. Had to back chain Exercise 4, then did better. I failed to video Maverick’s (Border Collie) blind cross, but did have footage of Eowyn’s (Silken Windhound) on her last attempt. Thank you! Melanie

  • Michelle says:

    Here Jake’s attempt. These were all 1st attempts but I did option 4 twice because I was so surprised he did it the first time & I didn’t feel like my timing was good. https://youtu.be/pYtK8eCnXf8

  • Krys Townsend says:

    Hi Sarah, this is my first attempt at videoing, editing and posting. Quite a learning curve.


    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/abFFmZNO8Vs
      Link to the Susan Salo book I mentioned: https://amzn.to/2J9sY0x

      • Krys Townsend says:

        Thanks Sarah, a friend gave me some of Susan Salo videos yesterday. I’ll see if they contain gridwork. Brynn is a very novice dog, just over 2yrs old. She entered her first trial in March just before Covid lock down started and hasn’t had any trials since. Thanks for viewing my video, the coaches eye is a fabulous tool I love it. We’ve much to work on 👍🏻

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          The videos are good, but LOONNNG and, at least for my attention span, a bit dry. But everything you need should be in there. I found the book to be easier to work with, but that’s just my preference.

          Glad you like the Coach’s Eye! We find it makes it so much easier to explain things.

          • Krys Townsend says:

            Lol that’s what my friend who gave them to me said, 🤦🏻‍♀️😆
            I’m not sure if the distance to put the marking poles (ground poles). Does it vary with dog size. Maybe I missed that bit in the vid 🤷🏻‍♀️

          • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

            Yes – it absolutely varies by size (and that is in the book). Here’s a quick summary:

            The distance between the facilitator jump and the set point jump should be roughly 1.5-2′ for 8″ dogs, 2′-3′ for 12″ dogs, 3′-4′ for 16″ dogs, 4′-5′ for 20″ dogs, 5′-6′ for large dogs. You want enough space for the dog to comfortably step into the grid and execute the jump, but too much space will not force the dog to power off their rear legs and may allow them to be more sloppy. Give your dog a few repetitions at the recommended height and then decide whether to tweak it slightly for your dog.

            Your dog should be set half the distance of the grid away from the facilitator jump. So if your grid spacing is 5′, sit your dog 2.5′ away from the facilitator jump.

          • Krys Townsend says:

            Thanks Sarah 👍🏻 Have converted measurements to metric. Brynn is a 12” dog. Will try those, thanks again

  • cswhaling@gmail.com says:

    Sorting out my tech issues, does this link play for you?

    I’m wondering why my Youtube video looks fuzzy. The video was clear on my phone and in iMovie. Your tech tutorials was REALLY helpful!

  • Sue says:

    The blind and the serp. Predictive text got the better of me – words in video should say “she patterns a lot so threw this in”

  • Sue says:

    Hi Sarah,
    So I thought I would use this course to focus on Lyric, though I’ll do some with Robbie too (he’s currently resting as he didn’t look 100% yesterday)
    Here is the rear and the front. The first front is probably typical of what I do in the ring – a bit late! 😬 short session due to the heat!

  • Ana Ford says:

    This is my 11 year old daughter, Sarah, who is signed up for this course. She will be competing in the junior competition at the Invitationals. She will be taking two Toy Australian Shepherds and now her brother’s border collie, as well.( He does not want to travel during COVID.) We’ll be videoing each lesson. https://youtu.be/RQR1zd3ST-Q

  • Ann says:

    I like doing BC because they get me ahead of my dog and the footwork is so much easier. My question: Is the BC line the same as a FC line and can I do the blind along this line if I can’t get quite down to the jump after the tunnel? I sometimes get to the ‘half way point’ where the recall (serp) you showed (loved that ) is no longer an option but I am not close to the wing of that first jump.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes, for the rear cross, you need to be close to #2 to give yourself room. For the front cross and blind cross, you only need to get as close to #2 as you need to support #2. So cutting between #2 and #3 is totally fine.

  • Denice says:

    I like that the rear cross was the first option ; )

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