Posted Date: June 21, 2012
Practice 180° turns with Tania Chadwick.
Lots of 180° turns this month focused specifically on the shoulder turn versus the front cross. Force yourself out of your comfort zone by giving the shoulder turn a chance. If your dog is turning wide off the jumps, reward your him at the place you want him to be.
The first figure shows what your dog's path should look like (shown in black). If he isn't quite taking the tight line, it's shown in orange and the reward placement is the red 'R'.
Tania Chadwick, owner of Fortis Agility Sports Training in San Jose, California, is an agility instructor, competitor, and full-time mother. She currently competes with her Border Collie, ADCh-Platinum, LAA-Platinum Kidd, a national Steeplechase Finalist and member of the USDAA's Top Ten in '03, '05, '07, '09, and her youngster Boss. Tania can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.