Set Point – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Set Point

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  • Michelle says:

    Hi Sarah,

    Just want to make sure I’m understanding what I’m reading. Jake jumps 12 in so set The jump at 14 in? Put the facilitator jump 2.5 feet away & set Jake right in front of it?

    Thank you,

  • Marty Rowland says:

    I’ve not done set point drills with my two aussies, but thought I would train my BC using this method as I begin to raise his height to competition levels. Can you give me some feedback on this attempt? Thanks!

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      Your dog’s jumping looks lovely here. I would move the treat further away from the jump. He’s kindof landing almost on top of it. I also changed the instructions which used to say to put the treat 6′-10′. Now it says at least 10′.

  • Heather says:

    My 20 inch border collie did fine with 12 inch jumps, but when I went to 16, he jumped the facilitator jump and attempted to go under the set point jump. Any suggestions?

    • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

      You can post video. But I’d make sure your facilitator is appropriately low (the dog should simply be stepping over it. Not really jumping.) and that the distance to the jump is correct.

      You could also go from 12 to 14.

    • Lynne Bockelman says:

      Sarah’s suggestions were excellent. It’s likely your smart young dog was just looking for the fastest way to the reward! If you or anyone else is having this problem, you could also try adding a few extra bars to the jump or change to a panel jump to keep him from going under. If the problem persists on other jumps, you should have a vet chiropractor or PT specialist check for physical problems.

      • Sarah Fernandezlopez says:

        GREAT point. There’s no reason not to add a cross bar to your jump. We’re training the physical muscle skill. You don’t need them to do set points in a course or anything like that!

  • Sue says:

    Hi there!
    I was wondering if I could get feedback please on my set up and how her jumping looks. She is 518mm (20 inches) tall. I have the facilitator at 5 feet – I wasn’t sure if this was too far. She will jump 500mm (19.6 inches) but she could end up going up a height at her re-measure as she is on the borderline. The last jump is at the next height up which is 600mm (23.6 inches)

  • Susanne says:

    A couple of questions –

    Do you use the same distance set up for the spread jumps and tire?
    Do you have any training on when/how to introduce motion?

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