Exercise with Options – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Exercise with Options

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  • Carol/Pogo says:

    Here are the exercises for week 3. We did them quickly, just one time each because I forgot to bring water with me and I had to finish before Pogo was too thirsty! Watching my part, I wish I were a bit more crisp…not sure how to change that after years of being more “floaty”…maybe it is something to just live with at this point, although I bet Pogo would appreciate a more timely, decisive style. https://youtu.be/0TGen7FVAK4

  • beardie1234 says:

    Very happy with the way these exercises worked. For the first time I felt comfortable doing every option with both dogs. The weather smiled on us on Saturday; not so much on Sunday!



  • Randy says:

    Could you explain the steps you’d take to get the “trained commitment” you mention to execute the tunnel send in Exercise 1? During a practice session, a couple of early attempts saw my small sheltie make a right turn to the wrong side of the tunnel, after I gave verbal and physical cues and decelerated to avoid getting too deep toward the tunnel entry. We’ve had success in practice, but I want to ensure that successful execution here is the result of learning and not patterning for this specific exercise.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      A lot of my commitment training involves the dogs understating of verbals despite my motion. In this case, will they go forward to a tunnel even if I’ve decelerated (assuming you cue the tunnel BEFORE decelerating)? A lot of this also has to do with reward placements but also teaching the value of verbals. My baseline for verbal training is 6 non-agility verbals by the time they are a year. I recommend sit, down, stand, left, right and backing up. Once I have these, or at least a few of them, I want to work through 3 stages for training. 1) no body assistance; truly just saying the word and having them respond 2) non-motion distractors; can you get them to respond to a verbal while you are jogging in place, dangling a toy, jumping jacks, food sitting on the ground, etc? 3) responding to a verbal while in motion; as you are walking, jogging, running, can you give a verbal and have them respond without need to aid with a hand cue or change your speed? Having a dog who understands these concepts before you even get to the agility field makes things much easier. So much of what agility is responding to verbal cues when our motion doesn’t support it. Example, you go running past the teeter/DW and while your motion says “keep going”, the dog needs to stop and wait because of what your verbal (“hit it”, “touch”, etc) says.

      Here I want so much value and understanding for “tunnel” that the dog will go without me so I can move toward the next obstacle. When my dog does go, I want to make sure to reward at the tunnel exit and NOT for returning to my side.

      Does that help you get started?

      • Randy says:

        Yes, definitely. Appreciate and value the detailed explanation, which gives us a basic framework to use in training moving forward, beginning with this exercise. This is a great topic that has sparked even more questions in my mind. Thank you.

  • Sharon says:

    First of all, Congratulations on your finishes with P!nk and Swift at Nationals yesterday.

    These are my attempts at the Exercise 3 options. I picked up at jump 2 on option 3. I was starting to loose Toby’s attention. I’m not sure I did the right combinations of skills. I can’t run well because I have a bad knee so I am so rarely in front of my dog, I have never tried a blind cross in competition. I rely heavily on rear crossing and distance, but I need help with handling cues. For instance I noticed on this one I used “right” from 6 to 7 some times and “around” other times. I don’t know which is most appropriate. I think Toby has a lot of potential and I want to learn the best ways I can to help him do the best he can with me as his handler.


    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Regarding the verbal 6-7, it depends a bit on where you think the dog will land off jump #6. If they land on the take-off side of #7 then “right” works. If you think they will land on the wrong side of #7 which then makes it a backside, I’d suggest the “around”. In that scenario, the verbal could change from dog to dog.

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/aN54hv-mPYU

  • Denice says:

    Dixie: https://youtu.be/IwP0WHVwPws
    Jocu and Destin: (recording was only paused between them so they are both on one video….) https://youtu.be/ozmx7ewA5cg

  • Hdickin580 says:

    Here is my work on this set. I had quite a bit of problems with the turn at jump 5 with all the various handling options. Also, I can’t seem to get the timing and logistics correct for the spin. I thought these were fun exercises despite having issues in executing them. https://youtu.be/8d-5f3cIeH4

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      What is Furrrgs extended jump spacing? I really think the issue with #5 is due to the spacing and not his response to cues. K is a bit the other way. She is not as honest with your cueing but did hesitate and add a stride with the spin.

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/q2DXjMSiEMw

  • Brook Phinney says:

    Submitting for feedback.

  • katy.mallory@yahoo.com says:

    Here’s Ares video. I added a triple at the end (mainly for Riot who knocks it a lot…). And I see on the video I gave way too much room on my FX


  • Barb VE says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Here is Enzo working on these exercises.


  • Barb VE says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    On exercise #3, do you consider the turn you did on #5 to be a Jaakko turn? It seems to me that it was more collected than what I think of as a Jaakko. On the other hand, I don’t know what else to call it. (I think a clear vocabulary and well defined terms would be a real help to our sport. )

    Thanks, Barb

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Hey there Barb! I will be 100% honest with you and tell you that I do not follow the OMD system nor am I really familiar with it. So I do not know what a Jaakko turn is. What I focus on is what the my cues (motion, location, shoulders, arms, verbal, eyes) are telling my dog. I gave the benefit of additional turning cues (rotation towards the dog, direct eye contact, takeoff side location) but then followed up with the blind since I didn’t want the side change.

      • Barb VE says:

        And I completely understand that perspective.
        It would be easier, I believe, if we all had a common vocabulary. It would make a nice short cut when describing a planned move.
        For example, in ice skating, everyone knows what a salchow or a lutz or an axel is.
        But we aren’t there in dog agility. I did train with someone who was fierce about learning the names, so I mostly know them. As Mary Ellen Barry pointed out in her excellent Clean Run Articles, we are doing about the same thing and understanding the same reasons. 🙂

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          I totally agree! It would be soooo nice to communicate to others with a single vocabulary! Seems most sports have that (ices taking, basketball, etc) but marketing in agility has seemed to interferer a bit and as you said, we just aren’t there.

          I used to be good about names of skills, and then when I would travel to teach it was called something different depending on what part of the country you were in. That’s when I just went with the idea that I don’t care WHAT you call it as long as you know WHAT you are doing WHY it works.

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