Nested Challenge Sequence – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Nested Challenge Sequence

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  • Randy says:

    Submitting video of the Nested Challenge Sequence. As mentioned in previous lessons, backsides are relatively new to us, so we’d love feedback on them, along with everything else. Never did the curl before (have yet to enter a Premier event). Lots here to practice in the future. The lessons have also led us to work more on start line routines and verbal commands which, right now, are a work-in-progress.

  • Randy says:

    Could you explain your tunnel send at the start of the challenge sequence options? Watching these videos and hearing your detailed explanations have been extremely instructive. Watching your release into the tunnel led to sort of an epiphany for me because I’ve been so cavalier about this, and I now want to make sure I completely understand what would be on your checklist of criteria to ensure that someone executes this move correctly. I notice a couple of points here such as body posture/positioning and timing of the verbal command. But I’d sure like to hear your rationale.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Hi Randy!! I’m not sure I have any special formula or reasoning for this challenge sequence in particular. For some sequences it is pretty calculated based on what I want at the exit of the tunnel. In this case, I was just insuring that she was releasing off my verbal and NOT my arm or motion. I wanted her to stay while I moved and put my arm up and wait until the verbal release (“tunnel”) before she left the start line. I wanted her head forward so I led out a few steps too. Otherwise, nothing had a super strong purpose. Was there something more you saw that you were curious about?

      • Randy says:

        Thanks for your response. I’ve learned repeatedly that when it comes to agility, ‘I don’t know what I don’t know’ for a lot of things, especially when it comes to the fine points that are impactful in agility handling. That’s why I asked if you had a checklist—because I saw connection, clarity, and discipline in your set up. You did provide another gem of information to me in your explanation about how you kept your dog’s head looking forward. Another fine point I didn’t pick up in the video! You see? I don’t know what I don’t know.

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          I say that phase a lot…”you don’t know what you don’t know!” That’s why I think it’s great to have a coach or mentor when starting down this agility journey. I can’t have a novice handler walk in to a lesson where I say “what do you want to work on today?” There is a good chance they don’t know what they NEED to work on or are missing smaller pieces that are causing bigger problem. Glad you are leaning more about things than just these small sequences.

  • Carol/Pogo says:

    here are the nested sequences for week 3. What I learned here was to keep my dog-side arm in, if I want him to take the front side of the darn jump! Arms matter.

  • Sharon says:

    These are my attempts at the handling options for Challenge sequence 3. I kept trying the blind cross but never got it right. The rear cross is my go to handling option. However I would like to be able to utilize the front cross and blind when they are more efficient. So far, I just can’t count on being ahead of my dog. I would like feedback on my attempts anyway. Thank you.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      I don’t think the issue here is getting far enough ahead for the front cross; it seems to be more about your location of the front cross. Remember to stay in motion and take advantage of the time he is in the tunnel.

      • Sharon says:

        Thank you so much for the constructive feedback. Now I have to convince myself that I can sometimes get ahead of Toby and practice trying it. I have a lot of self training to do as well as training Toby. I will try more to keep moving.

  • Daniela F says:
    I think for Pico my favorite is option 1 and for Dizzy I like 3, but I also really liked 2 for both. I was having trouble getting Dizzy motivated to run on these. He likes to save his energy for trials… Thanks!

  • Barb VE says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Here is Enzo running the variations on the challenge sequence:


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