Notes: Day 102 – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Notes: Day 102

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  • cynthia says:

    Hi Sarah, I don’t understand this situation : “figure 8 front cross work (making sure he was walking, not pivoting through the turns”. Do you mean he needed to keep moving, independent of your front cross? So was he thinking it was “heeling” and he should stay with you?

    • Sarah Baker says:

      This is a heeling exercise. We walk in a figure 8 pattern, with the handler doing a front cross at each end to keep the dog heeling on the “inside” of each turn. Walking not pivoting means when we make each corner, we want the dog to walk the turn, not just pivot on their back feet to make the turn. Walking a wider turn or having a cone or something to turn around can help dogs walk instead of pivot.

      • cynthia says:

        Did he get confused between “heeling” and “not heeling” ? When I step in front of my dogs for the front cross, they pause “like what???” and then resume heeling. Moving quicker (not in heel) no problem. What are the benefits to doing this exercise? Thank you!

        • Sarah Baker says:

          The dog is always heeling in this exercise. I am not stepping in front of my dog causing him to pause, I am stepping away from him. I will try to put a video together tomorrow. This helps with body awareness, following and being able to move their back feet around wings without hitting them.


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