Round 2: Standard – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Round 2: Standard

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  • says:

    Could you rear between #11 and #12?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      It depends on the exact set up and the angle at which the tire is set, but in general, no you can not. The dog will be going straight or turning to their right toward the off course #18 and you will end up pushing into their line in order to create the turn to #12 which will at best give you a wide turn.

      An exception is for handlers who are at the tire before their dog gets there, and they use a verbal to turn their dog away from them as they land from the tire, and then the handler rear crosses the dog. There’s a subtle difference here in that the handler is creating the turn with the verbal and the rear cross is an after thought–it doesn’t actually create the turn. For almost all other handlers, rear crossing after the tire is a mistake. For the dog to know a turn is coming at the tire, the rear cross must be executed before the tire.

  • Lisa Ann says:

    What do you think of a lead-out for 1-2 so I can be on the correct side for #3? Is there a downside to this approach?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes, it’s fine. You can lead out almost anywhere as long as your timing is good! The key is to be facing and moving toward the broad jump (the 2 to 3 line) right before the dog takes off for #2, so they know they have to turn left BEFORE leaving the ground for jump #2.

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