Short Sequence Plus Challenge (Set 2 – October 2019) – Bad Dog Agility Academy

Short Sequence Plus Challenge (Set 2 – October 2019)

Oct 2019

Short Sequence Exercises


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The challenge exercises are based on #14 – #19 of this 2019 FCI Agility World Championship Large Individual Agility course.


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  • Collene says:

    On the Challenge – for handling at jump 7 under Option 2, could you draw on a course map how your line and positioning might differ if you were a) handling it as demo’d, b) cueing an inside wrap at jump 7 (to then proceed “north” of jump 7), or c) cueing a RC at 7 to get a turn and proceed “north” of jump 7.

    I was trying to figure out exactly where I should be stepping – it was a little hard to discern that in the video. Because when I set it up, I felt like I was always running in such a way as to block my dog’s view of jump 7 all together. And then I was trying to think how I would make the set of cues I mentioned appear different for my dog.

    A and C seem the most similar and about all I could come up with is that for A (and B) really need you to be more in front of the dog setting the line, whereas C you would probably hang back more.

  • Cchick says:

    This was a process! Did the basic exercises at Sally’s, as she had the course set up, and so I also had the luxury of a camera-person. But we didn’t get to the challenge, so I tried to set the course up in my yard, which was a challenge all on its own. Sorry about the lighting.

    The biggest challenge was the blind-blind. There was no way I had the space for that, so I removed some jumps and did the last section separately. I suspect this would be more effective with more space, but can’t say I didn’t try! And try, and try…….for your benefit I included only the part where I kinda managed to squeeze in both blinds.

    FYI, I jump Cimer at 20” instead of 24” when doing these sequences because the space is much tighter than it should be.


    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Hi Cindy! Sorry for the delay in this. With the invitational prep class starting around the same time, the email got bulked with some other stuff.

      I agree some elements might have been easier with larger distances but you did excellent working with what you had. Just keep an eye on the consistency of your threadle cues.

      • Cchick says:

        Thanks, Jennifer! I had to laugh about your comments on the threadle cue. You’re absolutely right! I been waffling about whether to use my tunnel threadle word for regular threadles, and the fact that I haven’t been able to make up my mind was reflected very well in the video. Time to pick a word for a non-tunnel threadle and stick with it. Or not. Oh geesh, I’m still conflicted.

        Thanks again for the very helpful feedback.

        • Jennifer Crank says:

          If it helps, my older dogs I am not retraining. Swift and P!nk have the same verbal for a tunnel as a jump and so far I am surviving. It is not what I recommend but there seems to be other things higher on the priority list 😉 My younger dogs have been taught with two separate verbals and that is what I am advising my students with young dogs as well.

  • Hdickin580 says:

    Here is my work on these sequences. Thanks for any input! Heather

  • Abby says:

    Two questions about the handling choices:

    1) Why would you prefer the shoulder pull rather than the reverse spin at #6? Do you think the RS gives too many turning cues there for most dogs? Are there rough guidelines for when to spin versus when to pull relative to the tightness of the turn?

    2) Would you consider blind crosses instead of fronts for 1-2 and/or 8-9? It seems like a BC would be reasonable for 1-2 if starting dog on right but maybe not enough turning cues to do it 8-9?

    (Also good luck at Cynosports!)

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Hi Abby-

      1) I probably stand on the side of extreme caution when it comes to pulls vs spins. I absolutely think a spin at #6 is okay (just like in did in option 3). The spins should, in theory, get you a better turn and therefor you can accelerate away from the jump sooner knowing that the dog will be on the correct side of #7. As you can see, P!nk did not respond well to the spin and I think that is my hesitation with doing too many. I don’t want to use it too often and have it become ineffective.
      2) Absolutely the BC between 1-2 is okay. Not sure why I didn’t do it except that since I was coming from the lead out push option, I was thinking more along the lines of a FC. A BC between 8-9 is also okay. I just simply couldn’t get there. You have to be a bit farther ahead of your dog to do a BC than a FC and even my FC was late. If you were ahead a blind would have been fine. I do think that is a soft enough turn for that.

  • Sally Lewis says:

    I found this exercise a bit challenging, perhaps because my small space is very small. After multiple attempts over several days I finally got Porter to jump the push correctly after the tunnel in the 2nd challenge sequence, but I was always too late to put in the final blind. The key seemed to be to execute the blind out of the tunnel immediately so that the push command made sense to her. There were many dropped bars as I tried to work through it. I was really in her way for the 2nd to last jump. My front cross was late on the 3rd version of the regular sequence as well.

  • says:

    Here is my effort with Rider, and then somewhat less successful with Whimsy 😉

    Whimsy threw in a bonus teeter gamble 😉

    and not really a FC before the tunnel, lol

  • LauraL34 says:

    Here’s some good, bad, and ugly with Ace and TJ 😁

    Based on feedback you’ve given me, I’m trying to be more conscious of decelerating. I don’t know if I’m overdoing it, or my dogs (especially Ace) are not used to me coming to a stop and it threw him for a loop – there are a couple instances where it seems I confused them.

    Also, I maybe need to retrain my threadles? It does look like a “come to hand” and then I flick them away.

    Thanks again for your help and your time!!

    • Jennifer Crank says:

      Hi Laura-
      Your decal cues aren’t bad, it do make sure you are finding a BALANCE of cues. Your motion should be deceleration by don’t forget the forward cues that prevent a refusal….arm, shoulders, eye contact towards jump, and verbal. You might want to revisit your “check” cue to make sure Ace knows that is a form of a jump cue. Also, if you can get your location closer to the jump, that will help too.

      Yes, I’d work a bit on your threadle verbal. You are adding a “tunnel” verbal after your threadle verbal which implies that they are to wait for a release (flick) back to the tunnel. You want your verbal to function as a tunnel verbal.


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