Transitioning from Straight to Curved Tunnels – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Transitioning from Straight to Curved Tunnels

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  • kpdewit says:

    Are you encouraging tight turns out of tunnel on purpose?

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      I’m not sure I was doing it on purpose but two things I was conscious of: 1) I am trying to put a lot of emphasis on the verbal and my dog understanding what “tunnel” means. In order to do this I need to minimize motion. If I am not moving/running forward as the dog enters the tunnel then the decel/lack of motion does cue a turn back to me at the exit. 2) I try to make sure in the early stages of tunnel training that I don’t always do straight in-straight out type training. Dogs tend to love tunnels enough naturally that I don’t need to encourage the “puppy cannon” mentality. My last dog was too willing to shoot wide out of a tunnel and I have incurred many faults from him drifting wide at the tunnel exit to an off course. I attribute some of this to his foundation tunnel training of always running straight away from the exit and not balancing this with tunnel exit turns.

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