Exercise with Options – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Exercise with Options

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  • Randy says:

    Submitting exercises 1-3. https://youtu.be/Y1NTRMVNGBk
    Enjoyed working them and learned a lot. One of the things I’m trying to improve is the blended cue which really like. That cue has helped to fix a problem we were having with front crosses in certain situations. Also need to work on consistently using verbal cues which also have helped Scout a lot, but I haven’t been much of a talker in the past on course and during practices, so this may take some time because I’m always preoccupied trying to concentrate on my motion, position, etc. But using the verbal cues can help keep my head in the game because, I’ve found, you have to be really focused and connected in order to give timely verbal cues. A lot of my runs are blurred memories! (FYI video segments are from three different days.)

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Great work! I would keep working on the verbals, but motion and location are still more important! So keep up the good work there.

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/iKGjoKJZ1Fk

      • Randy says:

        I have to give feedback on the feedback! At the moment, I’ve been switching between the Small Space Bootcamp and the VIP program, which I joined for the first time. In reaction to comments you’ve made on both sides, I want to thank you and urge you to be “picky.” What you pointed out here (pausing too long at a jump after a front cross) gave me more information than you may have imagined. The instruction you gave had wider implications on some repeated problems I’ve had on courses. Over on the VIP side, you quipped to someone that you tend to ramble. Personally, I feast on the detailed explanations you give, especially when breaking down execution, motion, and all that other good stuff. I replay the feedback and write down those training notes in my black book and will return to the video after working on problem areas. So keep pickin’ and keep ramblin’. Thanks!

  • Sharon says:

    Submitting exercise 5 attempts for feedback.
    1. Front cross 3 to 4 and 5 to 6 take off side of 4
    2. Front cross 3 to 4 landing side of 4, rear cross 7
    3. Bad rear cross 4 (I think I needed to get closer to 3 rather than waiting so close to 4?)
    4. Better rear cross 4 – I went closer in to 3 before heading him to 4
    5. Blind 3 to 4, blind? 5 to 6, rear 7
    I for got to do the shaping option before 7.

    Here are two attempts to do the shaping before 7 after blind cross 3 to 4. Neither attempt is very good. I couldn’t get over far enough on the landing side of 6 fast enough. Also, he wanted to go to the patio and then the teeter.

    Sometimes I have trouble getting and keeping him motivated to practice. Any advise for that?

    I did try (for the first time) a front cross in competition this past weekend and was successful: He got a 3rd place Q in JWW. It made me happy.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      YAY…congrats on the 3rd place JWW run with the front cross. I love when people have been working on a skill and finally feel comfortable enough to give its a go in competition. And even better when the skill works!!

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/VvdVKnx4PPQ

      • Sharon says:

        Thank you so much for the training feedback. I didn’t realize I should tell him when he’s getting the ball. I will try to say “get it” from now on. Should I hide the ball when I’m sending him through the sequence? Then say “get it” then throw the ball? I have been trying shorter sessions, but I have messed up something (consistency perhaps?). Sometimes he acts like he wants to chase the ball, I’ll throw it, he starts to chase it, but turns away and won’t get it. This is before I ask him to do any agility work. I usually try a couple more times, then give up if he doesn’t start getting the ball. Should I give up? Should I try food instead? I have done that. Also I’ve tried changing to a different toy.

        Also thank you for the handling advice and showing me how to get my timing better. I have been learning so much. I really appreciate it and will keep trying to improve.

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          Yes, I would try to hide the toy until you are ready to reward and then say “get it” and then throw. Reinforcement drive behavior, meaning, dogs do what you reinforce them to do. The key is finding what the dog is reinforced by. Sometime it is toys and sometime food. You will have to play around and she what motives him for that training session. Food can be great too but keep in mind that every treat you give lowers the value of the next treat so sometimes sessions will need to be shorter with food. I will often switch between the two depending on what I am training.

  • Carol/Pogo says:

    Here are Pogo’s short exercises. They felt OK to me, except for the Front Cross after the rear cross on the 3rd exercise. That was hard to do…felt like I wasn’t quite in the right place. https://youtu.be/–Stp4JjEbg

    • Carol/Pogo says:

      Oops, I meant front cross after the blind cross in the 3rd option.

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Good work! Yes, the last FC was a bit off on footwork as it appeared to be a result of you starting it too soon.

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/NGig1A7JfPc

      • Carol/Pogo says:

        great feedback, Thanks! I see your point that doing my front cross closer to the point that Pogo turns will help him turn more tightly. And usually I’m “fighting to get ahead” but I need to realize there are places where I don’t need to do that, and it is better to stay closer in to the turning jump. More to think about!

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          I think this is a common thought. The “I must get ahead” thought process causes this problem for many. The question really becomes HOW far ahead you need to be. In this case, not far as you are doing the 180 and returning back in the direction you came from.

  • beardie1234 says:

    Struggled a bit with all these exercises with both dogs but especially with the challenge sequence. Had trouble doing the blind option with both dogs…simply wan’t fast enough about half the time causing them to go off course rather than turn. Truman couldn’t get the last push to the backside smoothly or consistently; he wanted to slip behind me instead and come up on my left.



  • Cheri says:

    Here is my baby dog trying this sequence out. I originally enrolled intending to do this course with my experienced dog but he had to retire suddenly so I’ve been trying to teach my baby dog enough skills to do these exercises. Here we are giving fronts and blinds a go. We have more training to do before you’ll see rear crosses from us.
    Fronts https://youtu.be/2xdPW0DC8Qo
    Blinds https://youtu.be/OlP1w81BaDM

  • Denice says:

    we got these done during the NAC lunch break on AKCtv.
    just the exercises: https://youtu.be/BNyArmETM8Y

  • katy.mallory@yahoo.com says:

    Here’s Ares homework we did this morning. I really didn’t like the rear cross option at all, but we did it. Felt really awkward. Last small space we are going to do before NAC. I put the broad in this time. Good thing as Riot acted like he had never seen it before. Tomorrow Ares and I will hike and maybe herd some ducks. Sunday we will practice on dirt at Valeries. Monday and Tuesday will be some contact maintenance… Then we will drive to Tulsa

    I feel like we have done all we can to prep after losing so much time and missing so many lessons


    • Jennifer Crank says:

      You are ready! You’ve had a great plan all year and your final days are scheduled out perfectly! I’d prob rest Monday if he seems sore from the dirt (they often are when they don’t run on it regularly), some contact review Tuesday, and on goes the bubble wrap! 😁

      Feedback: https://youtu.be/PXaf7hSWKVI

  • Barb VE says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Here are Enzo’s runs. I included my serp idea at the end.

    Because of the size/shape of my barn, I had to use a fish-eye lens which adds a bit of distortion. I will be very happy when summer comes!!


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