Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Tuesday August 1st 2006 - Advanced II, class #4

(Backfilled in October 2009 due to impending closure of Geocities)

Last week's class was cancelled due to rain. Today, with the temperature at 36 degrees and the humidex making it feel like 46, Walter thought it would be a good idea for him to stay home and instead send me to class to sweat and take notes while he relaxed in the airconditioning. So I did, and he did, and this is what we will practice at our next practice:

- Set up three jumps, end to end, forming a long line like a miniscule "l". Send dog over the first jump, call over the middle jump using a ... can't remember what it's called, a fake cross or something. In this case we start on the right of the "l", so the fake out is done with the right arm coming around to the left hip to bring the dog to you, then send over third jump with left arm.
- Now, add a fourth jump at 90d to the first, forming a majuscule "L" and with a fifth jump at the end to form a mirror image of the first (got it?). Set dog up behind new first jump from an angle so they can see the second jump, call/send them over, then contine with the third and fouth jumps, remembering the fake out cross, ending with the fifth.
- For another exercise, place two jumps leading to a curved tunnel such that each opening of the tunnel is equidistant from the center of the jumps. In other words, if the dog is going over the jumps directly over the middle and keeps going, they'd run into the center of the tunnel. For this exercise, you want the dog to go into the right entrace of the tunnel. So, after they do the second jump, do the fake out bringing your right arm across to your left side, then send to the tunnel.
- For the last exercise, snake the tunnel under the a-frame so that the entrance to the tunnel is adjacent to the a-frame plank. Place one or two jumps in front. After the second jump, do the fake-out and guide them to the tunnel. It's ok to call their name to get their attention too if you have to.

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