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Nested Challenge Sequence

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  • Collene says:

    Just getting to some of these now LOL and had to comment on a great thing I picked up trying this sequence with my very novice pup. He is a pretty sharp guy and is really training me on being very precise with my physical cues (which is my primary cue since I am bad at verbals).

    For option 1 RC 5-6: in my setup, I kept wanting to run a zig zag: diagonal to get past 5 and onto 6 takeoff side in order then veer towards 6 and to set the line for the RC. “NO NO NO” says my pup, “unless you are wanting me to take the off course 7”.

    I complimented him on his observation and reset to follow the line you demo which stays more on the landing side of 6 before RC and bingo we are on the same page! Good pup!

  • Michelle says:

    Here’s Jake’s attempt. It took a while for me to figure out the timing on the challenge. He kept going long at 6 around the far side of the wing instead of wrapping. Just about the time I get this figured out I’m gonna have to retire him!!

      • Michelle says:

        TY Sarah. I did mean to say something about that spin move. On the 1st attempt I felt that Jake was literally right on my heels & I had to push him out to get him over the next jump. So when I tried it the 2nd time I did move it out from the wing for that reason. A spin is right up there with the RC as not being my 1st choice!

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          Great to experiment with it, but I doubt it’s needed much for Jake in particular.

          • Michelle says:

            Ones of our runs this past weekend presented the option at 6 above, wrap or extend past the far wing to come back to 7. Think 7-6-2-6-7 but the jumps were placed a little differently. It was tall to small & I watched dog after dog do the wrap on 2 causing them to 1) slow down a lot, & 2) slice 6 when they could have done the extension creating a very nice line back to 6 – 7. I immediately thought of this exercise & had Jake do the extension around the far wing making sure my position was correct so he understood we weren’t wrapping. He handled it very nicely!

          • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

            I LOVE this!!! It highlights how beneficial these small space exercises can be. We DO see so many recurring patterns in agility!!

            I think too many handlers default to wraps. I thing it’s one part that it’s usually the easiest for the HANDLER to handle. And one part that wraps LOOK so tight and efficient.

  • Ellen says:

    I need help with these sequences. Meri was not feeling it today. She did #7 as a backside several times when we did the slice on #6. I need to figure out how to fix that. Maybe I didn’t have the course set correctly? The wrap worked better it seemed.

  • says:

    Here are Maddie’s runs on this nested sequence challenge, I think spacing of the obstacles may have contributed and made this slightly more difficult than on the map. Again I for some reason totally forgot the last jump, so sorry!

  • Kayla Swanberg says:

    Here’s our work on these sequences, fast and fun finish!

    Carat confirmed that she really dislikes pressured leadouts with technical pieces in the challenge sequence…she’s my soft, sensitive dog so I’d never ask for this in competition unless absolutely necessary but I think it’s important to practice. 🙂

    Pandora turns so tightly she definitely doesn’t need the spin as I had to send her back out towards 4 🙈

    Looking forward to your feedback, thanks!

  • says:

    Here is Mia and I on the nested challenge.

    – first attempt, no decel, she had no idea where the jump even was
    – try not to tight wraps like the second option if I have other options, although she does a pretty good job of it.
    – again interesting to film these short sequences, I need to more of that


      • says:

        again thank you for the feedback! One of the things I always look at is what happens the “1st” time. On my first attempt, I felt the issue immediately when I did not decel. Problem is, in a competition you only get one chance so I need to “see” this before my dog painfully shows me. Also I did not see until you pointed it out that she added that extra stride with the decel, that was interesting… This dog jumps big and always has but she is willing to turn (and slow down) if I give her the right information. She’s like driving a race car. 😉

        • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

          Big dogs need those decel cues WAY earlier than most people think because they only have 1-2 strides between to make adjustments. For a really strong decel, you need to be there within a stride of them landing from the previous obstacle!

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