Left/Right Tunnel – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Left/Right Tunnel

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  • hbrowne@columbus.rr.com says:

    I have read Sarah’s response on Donna’s confusion about which is left and right and i am still not clear! IT seems to me that you are sending the dog to the dog’s left with the right command. When i use left and right with my dogs, it is left and right based on their left or right shoulder.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Can you give me a time stamp? I just rewatched the video and believe the dog is always turning correctly. As you say, to their right or their left.

  • Leanne says:

    When standing alongside the dog later in the video the handler continues to use the opposite arm to cue each direction – this makes sense because it maintains consistency however the movement becomes very awkward. Is it best to just keep doing this throughout their career? Perhaps its only awkward when the dog is on the same side of the handler that they need to turn to. What are your thoughts here?

    • Esteban Fernandezlopez says:

      I think of this as a “combination” of two cues–the direction plus the tunnel. Eventually, at a very high level, the dog will do it without any arms or even body motion or position requirement, understanding to turn left or right on the verbal alone, and when the tunnel comes into view, taking it on the “tunnel” verbal cue. So in theory, this is a transition step that you won’t spend much time on. In reality, we almost always help our dogs with position and motion (as shown in this video) so we never develop the verbal skill to send the dog away from us to a tunnel as we head in some other direction. So if you want a highly verbal dog, this is a transition step. If your dog won’t require that kind of skill, then this is an exercise that won’t matter much, except it can reinforce the dog turning correctly on the cues “right” or “left” with the tunnel functioning as the immediate reward.

  • Donna McL says:

    I use right and left verbal cues when going over jumps but this cue seems to be “wrong”; left tunnel is really the right side when facing the tunnel and visa versa. I’m confused.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Left and right are from the dog’s perspective. So it is the right tunnel for the handler. But since the dog has he back to the tunnel it is a left turn into the tunnel. Does that make sense?


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