Transitioning from Straight to Curved Tunnels – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Transitioning from Straight to Curved Tunnels

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  • Jo Wallace says:

    my dog is sticky on his tunnels, he loves doing them and barrels through, but can be iffy on going in and can turn and bark at me, or do a look, as if to say ‘ you want me to go in here’ while i am saying ‘Tunnel” So I am going to do the straight tunnel entrances around the clock and then this to see if it helps. If I am right up next to him, he is fine, if I try to send him further back he seams to struggle

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Yes – just take it slow. Make sure he’s comfortable at the different angles, then move back a step or two and do it again with a little more distance.

  • 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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