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Nested Challenge Sequence

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  • Randy says:

    This submission includes two runs through the sequence. We had practice sessions on different days before recording the video and found the most common problem for us was going off course, after the backside at #2, to heading incorrectly to jump #4. Scout would cross behind me after the backside and head to #4. I tried to keep a tight turn coming out of #2—and thought I did. Still, the off-course happened repeatedly, so I eventually removed jump #4 and practiced running from 2 to 3. After that, I returned #4 to its position. Added some video here to show this.

    I’m not sure if it was our relative inexperience with backsides, or a case of suspect handling. We welcome any suggestions for any future practice points, things to keep in mind, while executing a backside in general or for a sequence such as this one.

    BTW, I’m working on using my off hand during the front cross a bit more (for various reasons), but that effort sometimes may appear to affect my footwork for now.

  • Sharon says:

    I kept trying to back side #2 and get to #3 going around the left wing. We sort of got it, but not smooth. We have no send to the back side. I got a little better just doing #2 to #3 (included). then I thought I would try a total 360 wrap around the right wing. I know it took longer, but he executed #2 to #3 better. Also I could use some ideas for how to get him to run when he doesn’t seem interested.

  • says:

    Ok, sometimes I will run the sequence before I watch your video. I don’t know why, except I was outside and it was cold 🤷‍♀️
    Here are our runs (3x) the 1st I used the BS for #2; the 2nd I did #2 as a Threadle rear; the 3rd was again the Threadle rear.
    I have a specific request🙏, could you run a side-by-side of my #2&#3 attempts. The reason is, that on #3, I am NOT wearing my big knee brace. I have also dropped the height as I played with another dog between sessions and forgot to raise them back up. I would like to compare how I am moving. (The dog is awesome, it is the handler that needs work!🥴 )

  • says:

    Ares challenge. I did it 2 ways in the opening. The 2nd time through I tried to get better turns throughout. I added the triple at the end just because we had some issues with the triple at the last trial. Especially if it was last obstacle so I thought – kill two birds with one stone…

  • Barb VE says:

    Enzo’s Runs:

    This was fun! I don’t know what you call your maneuver on #2; the One Mind Dog People call it “Running the Dog’s Line”. It is not my best skill, that is why there are 3 runs. On the first one, I did the “running the dog’s line”; on the second one, I did the German and on the third one I did “running the dog’s line” but I did a better job of sending to the backside and LEAVING.
    I moved the camera, thinking it would be easier to compare the runs. What it doesn’t show is how little space there is to set him up for the lead out. It was particularly hard to get a good line for the German.
    Also, you might notice that his wraps on #6 (turn to the right) are much better than his wraps to the left (from the previous module). We are working on that, also. 😊

  • Daniela F says:
    I tried the suggested handling and an alternative for both dogs. Pico can do pretty tight loop wraps, but I think the suggested handling was still faster. With Dizzy I preferred using blinds over fronts.

  • Barb VE says:

    I am surprised that there isn’t a discussion about whether to go around the right or left wing at # 2. If you go around the left wing with a German turn, you get the same handling options at 3 to 4 and, maybe, a smoother line 2-3-4. I hope to get it set up on Tuesday and I’ll try it both ways.

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Gold star Barb! I agree with you! Originally I had a different #3 (about where the 30 line is at the top). I didn’t like the spacing for big dogs with that so I changed it and didn’t recalibrate my brain to the new sequence. I think the times are likely very close, but yes, definitely worth a discussion and attempt. Looking forward to what you find!

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      I haven’t looked at yours yet, but Daniela had a handling choice that gave that slightly better line 3-4 (coming from the right wing instead of left), but what I noticed was that the distance from 2 to 3 is so far that any slight change in angle of approach is largely negated as there is plenty of space for the dog to adjust to the #3 jump.

      • Barb VE says:

        Yes, Daniela’s wrap with her little dog looked good but I wouldn’t expect a wrap to beat a slice for a larger dog. She did the same handling at #2 both times with Dizzy, as far as I could tell.

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